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Cross and Burn (Tony Hill Book 8) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Val McDermid

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Someone is brutally killing women. Women who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan. The connection is too strong to ignore and soon psychological profiler Tony Hill finds himself dangerously close to the investigation, just as the killer is closing in on his next target.

This is a killer like no other, hell-bent on inflicting the most severe and grotesque punishment on his prey. As the case becomes ever-more complex and boundaries begin to blur, Tony and Carol must work together once more to try and save the victims, and themselves.

Breathless, gripping and thrilling -- the Queen of the Psychological Thriller is back with her most spine-chilling novel to date. The perfect introduction to the unforgettable world of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The eighth Carol Jordan novel (3.5 stars) 10 décembre 2013
Par TChris - Publié sur
Carol Jordan, unemployed and burdened by her sense of guilt for her brother's death, is getting her life back together (or not) by restoring the barn in which her brother was murdered and by caring for a new dog. Paula McIntyre, a member of Jordan's Major Incident Team with the Bradfield Metropolitan Police before it was broken apart, is newly promoted to Detective Sergeant. Paula would like to investigate the disappearance of Bev McAndrew, whose 14-year-old son is disturbed that she didn't come home, but Paula's new DCI puts her to work on a brutal homicide instead. Paula nonetheless devotes herself to investigating McAndrew's disappearance because disobeying their bosses is standard procedure for fictional police detectives. Soon enough, we learn that a serial killer is kidnapping, tormenting, and killing women who happen to look like Carol. Eventually the evidence points to an unlikely suspect, and it is up to Paula to determine whether that series regular is innocent or guilty.

Val McDermid understands the tendency of police detectives to focus their tunnel vision on the first suspect they encounter, working thereafter to prove that suspect's guilt rather than continuing an open-minded investigation. She also recognizes the tendency of police officers to believe that everyone is entitled to a defense except the suspects they arrest, who are by definition guilty scum undeserving of a presumption of innocence. Paula's obnoxious DCI, who succumbs to both those tendencies, is the novel's most realistic character.

Point of view rotates through the cast of characters, including various victims of the serial killer. One of the more prominent characters is Carol's former love interest, Tony Hill, a psychologist who doubles as a profiler. Like most fictional profilers, Tony has analytical powers that border on the psychic. He is also a good friend of Paula, who is tedious in her insistence that she is soooo very compassionate and cares soooo much about victims, unlike all the people who make her soooo angry because they have soooo little compassion. Both Tony and Paula are obnoxiously self-aggrandizing.

Carol's personality is similar to Paula's except that she's even more ridiculously judgmental. Carol is tedious in her insistence that the police are always pure of heart and that criminals are always monsters. That's bad enough, but she's just as harsh when it comes to judging her friends. Sometimes there's value in making a protagonist disagreeable, but I found little value in reading about Carol, in part because much of her anger seems artificial, a contrivance that allows Carol to make deep and meaningful adjustments in her thinking before the novel is over, leaving her fans smiling because Carol once again becomes the justice-craving person her fans want her to be. It's just too obvious to be compelling drama, and in any event, she's still a shallow binary thinker at the novel's end.

McDermid's bad guys are consistent with Carol's binary view of the world. There is no nuance in McDermid's cartoonish depiction of purely evil villains. Her descriptions of the serial killer's formative years are both unimaginative and unconvincing.

Characters frequently interrupt the plot to talk about their failed romances or their relationship anxiety or to "listen to each other's pain." It's amazing that they have time to do any police work. The conversations are a dull drag on the novel's momentum.

The plot hinges on too many unlikely coincidences. Coincidences happen all the time so I'm willing to give writers the benefit of their use, but when they start to pile up, the plot loses its credibility. The ending is much too tidy, and the novel loses credibility points there, as well. Still, the story moves quickly and McDermid's unblemished prose style is easy to read. The novel held my attention despite its unlikable characters and unconvincing plot. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect follow on... 10 octobre 2013
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur
First of all, thank you to the author and publishers for the advance copy of this novel via netgalley. I was overjoyed to receive it as I'm a long time fan of Tony Hill and indeed all books from Ms McDermid. My beautiful Hardback copy remains on pre- order. Hey, Bookshelf OCD. Can't have a missing one from the collection...

So, the latest instalment finds Tony and Carol at odds in the aftermath of "The Retribution"..meanwhile Paula Mcintyre takes front and centre as she takes on the case of a missing friend...and also begins the hunt for a killer alongside her new Boss, someone she is not sure of. Paula can't resist getting Tony involved, this must mean that Carol will not be far behind....surely?

I'm used to a high standard from these novels - I will admit to some slight concern about what would come next, The Retribution having had such an emotive storyline for those of us who are fans of the Carol/Tony pairing...and leaving us with such huge consequences for their relationship. How could she top that I wondered? I kept the faith though and my faith was more than justified. Here we have not only a top notch mystery as usual but a wonderfully written continuation of our favourite characters ongoing story.

By cleverly giving more focus to Paula, a character I have always been inordinately fond of anyway, and for at least the first portion of the book putting Tony and Carol very much in the background of the story as it relates to the current investigation, Ms McDermid created for this reader, a thing of beauty. I was equally enthralled with the new case and with Paula's struggles to come to terms with new relationships..both personal and professional. And then flipping the coin and seeing just how Carol is coping with her life and how Tony is trying to cope in his world that simply, at this moment, does not have Carol in it.

Other characters, both old and new make an appearance, a little twist to Paula's case gives us some unease and I had to make myself slow down a little and appreciate the writing - I could happily have read this one in a few hours straight when as usual it is a thing to be savoured....
Pulling together the strands of the story, Ms McDermid polishes things off in her indubitable style and gives us, her constant readers, a satisfactory conclusion and yet...a very real need to find out whats next for Tony, Carol et al. Oh dear, here comes my chronic impatience again...

So for the readers. If you are already immersed in this world then this instalment will more than satisfy you..I have no doubt. If you have yet to meet Tony Hill and Carol Jordan then don't start here - you COULD, in fact you could start anywhere, but I would highly recommend that you start at the very beginning. Tony and Carol have had a whole life before this. "The Mermaids Singing" begins their story...where it will end we have yet to discover.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cross and Burn - Speaking of Bridges... 14 octobre 2013
Par Jai yen - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
But here instead of bridges yet crossed and yet burned at the end of The Retribution, we will see others re-built instead.

Young Torin appears at the Bradfield Metropolitan Police to report his Mum missing, a very straight person Paula McIntyre knows. He cannot believe that his mother has left him alone for the night, 14-year old as he is. And Paula takes his claim very seriously. Because someone is brutally killing women. Women who who bear a striking resemblance to former DCI Carol Jordan - but is this the right way around?
Or is Carol Jordan simply fitting into the scheme of the abducter and later on also killer of a certain type of woman he wants to punish? Punish for what? For being a bad wife? He certainly is looking for a GOOD wife...
This is a killer unparalleled until now, inflicting really grotesque punishments on the women he captures. As the case becomes more complex Paula contacts ex-DCI Carol Jordan to try and save the current - and maybe future - victims.
On the other side Tony Hill is full of guilt pangs because he didn't foresee the turn the killer Jacko Vance would take - killing Carols brother and his wife...
And other crimes he committed on his revenge campaign, finished only by him killed by a designated victim...
But the new DCI Fielding, a woman spurred by an insane ambition, isn't very fond of Paula using her skills to solve the case in her own way, helped by other very able persons who worked with Carol Jordan in the old MIT group.
And in her aberrant and blind ambition she takes out the most unexpected person as her designed culprit...

This is really a step in the right direction Val McDermid has taken here.
After the "Retribution" case there really remained only a few feeble "bridges" to start with a new relationship between Carol Jordan and Tony Hill.
But the skilled authoress took her chances and ...

You have to read this book by Yourselves, because there are scenes You will want to kick the behind of certain persons for real!
But the thrilling story will keep You bound until the end.
Now I am awaiting the next book of this series, while I am biting my nails!
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Huge Cut Above the Usual Thriller 5 novembre 2013
Par Maxine McLister - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Cross and Burn, the latest by author Val McDermid begins where The Retribution left off. Carol Jordan, racked with grief and guilt over the deaths of her brother and his partner, has left the police. Her team has been separated and Paula McIntyre is now bagman for DCI Fielding, Carol's replacement. Fielding is a single-minded, by-the-book, I'm-in charge kind of leader and she despises profilers like Tony Hill who is as racked by guilt as Carol.

The story opens with the thoughts and plans of a particularly vicious serial killer who is targeting women who look like Carol. When a friend of Paula's goes missing, Paula is approached by her teenaged son who is convinced something must have happened to her. Paula agrees but her new boss doesn't. Paula decides to investigate anyway and calls Tony to help her. Soon it becomes clear that her friend was the latest victim of the killer and, unbelievably, all the evidence points to Tony.

This is author McDermid's eighth Tony Hill book, not to mention the British TV series Wire in the Blood based on the books. One would think it would start to get stale by now and yet somehow McDermid is able to maintain the quality and integrity of the series and it is still one of the best police procedurals around today. And a lot of that is down to the characters. Tony and Carol who, despite all their neuroses or maybe because of them, never fail to gain the empathy of the reader. Although the story is a tale of good versus evil, it is definitely not simple. McDermid's characters have nuances and character flaws including self-doubt which makes it easy to relate to them. Even the serial killer, despite his sadism, has a fascinating back story which explains his actions without excusing them. In this book, though, it is Paula who carries the tale and, in her, McDermid has created one of the best female characters in the genre - smart, strong but able to bend when necessary.

There is enough background from the previous book that this could be read as a stand-alone. However, for fans of police procedurals and for those who prefer a more nuanced story, you really should check out the entire series. It's definitely a huge cut above the usual run-of-the mill thriller.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Should have been part of the book before 27 décembre 2013
Par Donna - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was mildly satisfying, given the terribly dark ending of the previous book. It was only short and I would have preferred it to be published with the one before as a big long story.
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