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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802120172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120175
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,611,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 4 2012
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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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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By Joan Clark on Dec 9 2013
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THE RETRIBUTION
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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The Hill and Jordan series always seems to be verging on the improbable but it moves along at a fast enough pace to help you overlook how absolutely irritating you find the main characters. Of course, they triumph, but it is a pyrrhic victory at best.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you think you've read about the epitome of serial killers, the worst, the baddest, do find a copy of Val McDermid's 25th crime novel, The Retribution. The latest in her pairing of Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist, Tony Hill, features a return appearance by Jacko Vance, one of the most heinous murderers in literary fiction. Once "the most popular presenter on British TV and a world class sportsman", Vance had joyfully slain 17 teenage girls and a police officer."

Jordan and Hill who were largely responsible for his capture and incarceration cannot get him out of their minds although they know he's been safely tucked away in jail for 12 years. Not. He has just pulled off an amazing escape, and is bent on avenging himself, punishing his enemies. Of course, Jordan and Hill top that list. Vance is a brilliant psychopath - how will that vengeance take place? Ah, therein lies one of McDermid's many gifts - a master of the elements of surprise and insights into criminal minds she has crafted a stunning thriller that offers not one but two vicious murderers.

In addition to Vance there is a serial killer doing away with women who walk the streets. He disposes of them by different means - the only clue being a tattoo "Mine" on the wrist of each victim.

Suspense mounts as Jordan and Hill begin to realize they may have no idea of how to catch Vance as they can't guess where or who he will strike next - he changes appearances adroitly, takes devilish chances.

McDermid segues easily between both cases allowing glimpses of Vance's mind as well as those of his victims. The author's imagination knows no bounds; she dazzles with her perceptions The Retribution is a crackerjack thriller penned by a consummate wordsmith.

- Gail Cooke.
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