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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780802120175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802120175
  • ASIN: 0802120172
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #767,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for "The Retribution" Val McDermid s 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. Not in the sense of too many detailed descriptions of violence or post mortem examinations, but in what she does in entering the mind of a wholly evil, exceptionally inventive serial killer of teenage girls. . . . Vance is a character in the exaggerated mould of the likes of Hannibal Lector and Lisbeth Salander, and his tussle with Hill and Jordan achieves grotesque, frightening proportions. "The Times" (UK) A gripping and well-written crime thriller. If you've been following McDermid's Hill/Jordon series, this new addition won't disappoint you. And if, like me, you're new to Val McDermid's work, "The Retribution" is a good introduction. Paul Davis, "The Philadelphia Inquirer" The novel s deft prose, sprinkled with psychological insight and sparks of wit, makes it hard to turn away. "Shelf-Awareness" (online) [McDermid s] writingremains taut and unflinching. . . . As in all her novels, McDermid creates a brooding tension that allows readers to get close to characters whose lives are about to be ripped apart. Danuta Kean, "The Independent" (UK) Superb. . . . The emotional wedge that the sadistic Jacko is able to drive between Tony and Carol makes this one of McDermid s strongest efforts. "Publishers Weekly" Val McDermid . . . has done more to establish the British variant of the serial killer than anyone elseso successfully, indeed, that everyone else s serial killers seem pale imitations . . . . McDermid handles the multiple viewpoints of this complex narrative with assurance. She flicks from crisis to crisis, constantly misdirecting her readers. She is brilliant at sensational set-pieces . . . and Hill and Jordan have a psychological depth that's rare in crime fiction. . . . She also has the ruthless psychological scalpel that forms part of the equipment of all good novelists, whatever their genre. And, fortunately for us, she knows just how to use it. Andrew Taylor, "The Guardian" (UK) The villain in the seventh thriller in the Tony Hill series . . . is like a slowly growing tsunami that finally spends its fury on the inhabitants of the shore. . . . As usual, McDermid shifts point-of-view deftly, moving from Jacko s plans for escape and then retribution to Hill s and Carol s thoughts on how to outwit and outrun him. . . . For those who like script-like prose with shock after shock . . . McDermid is perfect. Connie Fletcher, "Booklist" It s perhaps fitting that for McDermid s 25th novel she s revisited her most thrillingly murderous creation, Jacko Vance. . . . Put away by McDermid s crime-cracking dream teampsychological profiler Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol JordanVance never stopped plotting his escape. Finally, and brilliantly, in "The Retribution" he achieves his aim, then sets about exacting revenge on Hill and Jordan. Henry Sutton, "The Daily Mirror" (UK) (four-star review) McDermid is such a central figure in British crime fiction that it is hard to imagine a time when she was not. David Robinson, "The Scotsman" (UK) British author Val McDermid s psychological thrillers are richly layered with palpable suspense and intense emotion. . . . In the strongly plotted "The Retribution," McDermid returns to the partnership of crime profiler Tony Hill and detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan. . . . "The Retribution" moves at a brisk pace as McDermid keeps the taut plot frighteningly believable. Oline H. Cogdill, "South Florida Sun Sentinel" McDermid has made the transition from enfant terrible to grande dame. Nicholas Wroe, "The Guardian" (UK)"

About the Author

Val McDermid is the author of 22 bestselling novels, which have been translated into 30 languages, and have sold over 10 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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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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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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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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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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