'FEVER OF THE BONE' is the sixth in Val McDermid's series about DCI Carol Jordan and criminal psychologist Tony Hill. At the same time as I as reading this novel, I was viewing 'Wire In The Blood', a British series covering Val McDermid's books. McDermid's novels can be very realistic and gory, but the DVD is even more so. This was a story that will not be forgotten easily.
The main plot concerns the deaths of young teenagers in the town of Bradfield in northern England. DCI Jordan and her team are looking for people who stalked them by befriending them on a social networking website, RigMarole. Someone lures the young person to a meeting, and then kills them. The children's parents are bereft, and their love is palpable. We can put ourselves in their place very easily. DCI Jordan's cold case team discovers clues, and also follows the internet trail. DCI Jordan's new boss, James Burke, will not allow Tony Hill, who profiles the criminals, on the case. Instead, Burke tells Jordan to make do with one of the police force's own profilers. This profiler is not in the same league as Tony Hill is, and the clues run out very quickly. DCI Jordan finds she is on her own.
Meanwhile Tony is sorting out his father's estate in Worcester. He did not know his father, and his death came as a shock. At the same time, Tony is contacted by the Worcester police to assist with the case of a killing of a young teenager. Tony takes on the case and spends the night in his father's old house. He discovers unexpected things about his own past. Many things that his mother, from whom he is estranged, has kept from him.
DCI Jordan and Tony are involved with each other but can't admit their feelings openly. This aversion to discussion of feelings has been an on-going issue for the two of them. Tony discovers his profile case in Worcester is likely to be a crime committed by the same person who killed the two teenagers in Bradfield. DCI Jordan insists that Tony Hill be allowed back on this case. DCI Jordan and her team narrow down the list of suspects, and come to some amazing discoveries.
Val McDermid keeps the story interesting with her use of high tech options in combination with the new social media. She seems to be way ahead of other authors in this area. The police procedurals are explicit and so well written. The story of Tony's discovery of his father is moving, and this may open the door to a more satisfying relationship with DCI Carol Jordan.
Recommended. prisrob 09-16-10
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