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The Retribution [Hardcover]

Val McDermid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author Jan. 4 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Wow...Val McDermid's latest book, The Retribution, was literally a non-stop read for me. Picked it up in the morning and finished late that night.

Now, I don't know if you're familiar with this fantastic Scottish author, but if you love crime novels, she's an author you want to read. She has written three series, but my favourites are the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books. A television series - Wire in the Blood - is also based on these characters.

In The Retribution, Hill, a psychological profiler and Jordan, a Detective Inspector with the MIT - major incident team - are stunned to learn that Jacko Vance, a charismatic serial killer they imprisoned, has escaped. Jacko - "killer of seventeen teenage girls, murderer of a serving police officer and a man once voted the sexiest man on British TV", promised he would seek retribution against those who put him away. At the same time, the MIT is working to solve the gruesome murders of local prostitutes. All this while the higher ups have decided to dismantle the crack team Carol has put together, due to budget constraints.

These two characters have always fascinated me. Neither one of them completely 'fits' into society, especially Tony. "When he interviewed the psychopaths that became his patients, he heard so many echoes of his own empty childhood. It was, he thought, the reason he was so good at what he did. He understood them because he had come within a hair's breadth of being them." The tenuous building of the relationship between Carol and Tony has been building over the course of the series. We get to know more of what makes Tony tick in this offering. My opinion of Carol changes from book to book - still no final opinion. The MIT team is filled with interesting support characters with their own stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read June 9 2014
Format:Paperback
McDermid keeps her readers on the edge of their chair as they read to find out what happens next ignoring everything else that needs to get done around them. I am a fan of this series with characters that are fiction yet not unbelievable. Carrying a nasty character over from one book to the next can be risky if the reader has not read the previous one but she does this well. His past is revealed without having to tell the whole story over again and this particular villain remains as scary as ever. The ending is not your usual wrap it up neatly ending but satisfying nevertheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retribution Dec 9 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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I love Val McDermid's books about Tony Hill. I have read 3 in the past 2 weeks and can't wait for the next one
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