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The Wire in the Blood

(Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  11,751 ratings  ·  507 reviews
Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. Authorities are convinced they're runaways with just the bad luck of the draw to connect them. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficul ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published November 3rd 1997)
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Claudia Looks like 10 at least:
Book 1 –The Mermaids Singing (HarperCollins, 1995)

Book 2 –The Wire in the Blood (HarperCollins, 1997)

Book 3 –The Last…more
Looks like 10 at least:
Book 1 –The Mermaids Singing (HarperCollins, 1995)

Book 2 –The Wire in the Blood (HarperCollins, 1997)

Book 3 –The Last Temptation (HarperCollins, 2002)

Book 4 –The Torment of Others (HarperCollins, 2004)

Book 5 –Beneath the Bleeding (HarperCollins, 2007)

Book 6 –Fever of the Bone (HarperCollins, 2009)

Book 7 –The Retribution (HarperCollins, 2011)

Book 8 –Cross and Burn (HarperCollins, 2013)

Book 9 –Splinter The Silence (Little, Brown Book Group, 2015)

Book 10–Insidious Intent (Little, Brown Book Group, 2017)(less)

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May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy to have finally given Val McDermid’s stellar Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series a go. What a terrific writer Ms. McDermid is!
I think what I like most is how much I learn from her, especially about profiling, even though these earlier books were written in the mid to later 1990s. Forensic psychology is a fascinating topic, and it is clear the author has deep knowledge of the subject. It is almost incomprehensible to me that she has no practical (that I am aware of) experience in the fie
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two separate crimes are showcased in this book. One shows how profiling can eliminate the psychological aspect of a crime spree, and the other shows the benefit profiling can be to identifying and capturing a serial killer.

Tony Hill has set up his task force and is training four junior officers with practice cases when seven victims are found to have several things in common. The local police forces are skeptical that profiling is an advantage, and this is the wall that Tony Hill must break thro
Wendy Darling
1.5 stars Uninspired writing, loose plotting, unconvincing leaps in "intuitive" investigative work, reliance on coincidences to further hero's success, cliche interdepartmental strife, insulting portrayals of most of the police force in order to prop up the savant psychological profiler, half-hearted characters, thoroughly uninteresting romantic relationships, mildly annoying sexist and anti-LGBT comments (without payoff/nuance (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 2 in the Hill and Jordan series.

The interesting thing about this book is that almost from the start we know who the sicko is. Normally you have to wait until the end before the killer is revealed but not here.
Tony Hill, profiler extraordinaire, has been given a small team of four detectives to train as profilers. As a training exercise Hill give his new team a case load of old file where young women have gone missing never to be seen again. Their job is to see if they can see any connect
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Meh. I'm really not getting any warm fuzzies for this series. Nor any reaction really.

I was hoping that the second book in the series would be more interesting and getting away from the scene setting that took up so much of The Mermaids Singing, but no...a large part of the book is still about workplace politics and Tony Hill's struggle to find acceptance of his profiling task force within the police.

Blah, blah, policing, blah, blah...

And I have literally no interest in the relationship between
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-ebook
Between 4 & 4.5 stars
Tara Moss
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
‘The best profilers have probably got more in common with serial killers than with the rest of the human race. Because killers have to be good profilers, too. A killer profiles his victims. He has to learn how to look at a shopping precinct full of people and pick out the one person who will work as a victim for him. He picks the wrong person and it’s good night, Vienna. So he can’t afford to make mistakes any more than we can…’

Top profiler and clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill is now heading
Neide Parafitas
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2012
Este livro é bom... mas nada que se pareça com "O Canto das Sereias"!

Saber quem era o assassino desde o início do livro não ajudou! Contudo, recomendo aos amantes dos policiais que, se não considerarem este aspecto relevante, irão com certeza adorar! :)
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second in the Tony/Carol series finds Tony's newly-formed profilers traveling upcountry to refine their skills in a training environment. Shazz is an overachiever, and particularly intuitive, and finds an otherwise unknown serial offender that has been disappearing 14-15 year old females for several years. She shares her profile with the others, and is poo-poohed. Her alternative - confront the baddie herself.

Engaging storylines, with a serial arsonist confounding Carol's police group. What
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic almost to the last sentence, but...
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is the book epilogue. Maybe it’s up to me but I didn’t quite get it... 🙁
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The title of Val McDermid’s The Wire in the Blood is taken from TS Eliot’s “East Coker” section of his collection of poems, “Four Quartets: “The trilling wire in the blood/sings below inveterate scars/ appeasing long-forgotten wars.” The poem, written during World War II, reflects Eliot’s religious faith and his belief that hope would overcome despair and darkness. Val McDermid considered the phrase to be a metaphor for the thrill of adrenaline surging through the bloodstream. (https://uk.answer ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
McDermid returns with another explosive thriller, returning with more horrific details and another sadistic killer bent on complete control. As DCI Jordan accepts a promotion in a new part of the country, she is faced with a new team with whom she must prove her worth, all while a slew of arsons haunt the township. Filling shoes in a predominantly male circle, Jordan struggles while trying to see if these fires are part of a larger serial arsonist's plan. When fires begin to claim more than prop ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book mentioned in a television programme and decided to read it even though it is the second book in a series and I haven't read the first one. It was published long before the revelations in recent years about such celebrities as Jimmy Saville and has an alarmingly prophetic quality about it. Dr Tony Hill is gradually recovering from his experiences in a traumatic case described in 'The Mermaids Singing' and is involved in setting up a new task force to provide offender profi ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Another very strong mystery-thriller police procedural from Val McDermid.

I am very psyched to have finally started reading her books featuring psychologist Tony Hill and homicide detective Carol Jordan. I’m not a big PBS watcher so i was unaware it had been adapted into a popular television series. (I didn’t know that another of my favorites, the DCI Alan Banks series by Peter Robinson has also previously appeared on TV, presumably imported from the BBC.)

WIRE IN THE BLOOD is only the second boo
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odličan triler, uživala sam u svakoj stranici. Drži pažnju od početka do kraja. Meni prva knjiga od ove autorice i sigurno ne zadnja.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
PROTAGONISTS: Psychologist Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan
RATING: 3.75
WHY: A new profiling unit has just been set up and is headed by psychologist Tony Hill who proved his mettle in a previous harrowing case. His team is green; he needs to make profilers out of them in a short period of time while sorting out their ability to do the job. As an exercise, he has them look at the case of a possible serial killer who abducts teenaged girls. One of the squad, Shaz Bowman, goes all out for th
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super mystery with a believable plot and believable characters.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down, what more can I say.
Even though you get to find out the name of the killer early on it the book, the roller coaster ride of two crimes being investigated at the same time and the death of a seemingly main character at the beginning is quite mind blowing, as well as the graphic description of the deaths. Not for the fainthearted but riveting stuff all the same. Loved it.
This is another series of crime novels I've decided to explore after enjoying watching a few episodes of a TV adaptation. Having watched some of series 5 and all of series 6, mainly because I was interested by Robson Greene's involvement, i resolved to find the books. I picked up this and one of the later ones cheaply at a book stall and launched into Wire even though it was not the first in the series(It does however, lend it's name to the TV series).

I'll just start with a WARNING based on my e
Aug 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced with a complex plot and good characters. The first book in the series (The Mermaids Singing) was more of a straightforward police procedural with good characters; the single investigation drove the plot and occasionally gave space to explore the characters. But by this book, the number of characters expand, are put into new jobs/situations, and are kept moving through multiple investigations. The investigations are not the central driver for the plot, but rather come in as plot device ...more
Another messed up serial killer. Val, you have a dark and twisted soul.

This one features celebrities, a newly formed profiler squad, and my favs, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Carol isn't officially on the squad, as you think she might be. But she's there, and she's loyal to Tony. The crimes were grisly. I listened to this one on audio and there were a few times where I actually shouted, "no!" when things were happening. Val McDermid writes a good thriller, and she takes it to a dark place. If you
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
First of all, let's confirm that this series is continuous and not stand-alone-ish as I first thought. This book contains a lot of references to The Mermaids Singing, and continues where it left off.

Second, Wire in the Blood is NOT a mystery novel, more into the psychological thrillers realm...We are introduced to the full killer CV from the prologue. I was disappointed at first, but it was no less amazing as it managed to hook my attention for all of its 500+ pages despite the few slow section
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Wow what an incredible read !!!! Realized at 200 pages in this was a book number two of a three part story. It didn't matter once I got through some of the awkwardness of back story. Yes, this one really cooks !!!! The series has nine books total. I'm going back to first and read several. Author Val McDermid is one of my favorite story tellers. A super enjoyable read that fully deserves five stars !!!! Jump into this series !
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. This is an international author and some of the English lingo is hard to follow. Other than that, I have no complaints. I thoroughly enjoyed Tony Hill and Carol Jordan and I'm always on edge and interested to see how they navigate through their respective careers. This is a series I hope to finish by the end of this year.
This is a fascinating book. I started reading because of the British tv series, which was also so very good. Tense, nicely written, great character development. Highly recommended. Also I recommend the tv series.
Aidan Conway
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great read. Really masterfully sets up the various plot lines and then takes you on a fascinating journey through the world of psychological profiling and psychotic behaviour. The team searching for the killer reminded me of Van Helsing and co. on the trail of Dracula.
Mary Crawford
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A celebrity abuser hides in plain sight while Tony Hill and his new team attempt to firstly identify and then capture him. Carol Jordan has a new job that allows her to help out in an unofficial capacity. This book is less gruesome than the first in the series and it allows the development of the characters as well as introducing a new team. The twists and turns of police investigations as well as how women are perceived in society keeps the story moving along at a good pace.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it

The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid Overlong Pursuit of a Serial Killer

Psychologist Tony Hill leader of a newly formed profiling task force, sets an exercise for his team of ambitious new coppers: to look for connections between the mysterious disappearances of young girls across Britain. One officer, Shaz comes up with a seemingly far-fetched theory that a high profile celebrity, Jacko Vance is the serial killer. Of course, she is laughed out of the building. Only when she starts digging dee
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book written by Val McDermid which I have read. And the first thing that struck me was the quality of the language. It is rich without hampering the flow of the story, it is fluid and holds the plot together very well. The Wire in the Blood is the story of the hunt for a serial killer, but the lead man here, Dr. Tony Hill, is not the regular detective. He is in fact the head for the new National Profiling Task Force that the police have setup, and a psychologist of immense repu ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror, mystery
Before anyone takes offense, the rating is purely MY feeling on the experience of reading "The Wire in the Blood", not the quality of the book itself. Val McDermid is an exceptional writer, every plot point mapped, every character vibrant and complex, and this was a HUGE struggle to get through.

Part of the reason for the rating is unfair to the author: I enjoyed the TV series based on McDermid's books, and reading the book itself wasn't the same. It's not supposed to be the same, but I loved the
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Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies.

She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cart

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Tony Hill & Carol Jordan (10 books)
  • The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #1)
  • The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #3)
  • The Torment of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #4)
  • Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #5)
  • Fever of the Bone (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #6)
  • The Retribution (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #7)
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