The Retribution by Val McDermid

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Val McDermid is a world-class crime writer whose books have sold millions worldwide. Now joining the Atlantic Monthly Press list for the first time, she is back with a chilling, high-velocity thriller featuring her immensely popular creations, clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan.

Tony Hill has had a good run. He and detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, and whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have never left Tony’s mind in the ten years since his imprisonment. Now Jacko has escaped from prison—even more twisted and cunning than before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol for his years spent in prison.

Tony and Carol don’t know when Jacko will strike, or where. All they know is that Jacko will cause them to feel fear like they’ve never known. A chilling, utterly gripping tour de force, The Retribution is the ideal introduction or re-introduction to the world of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. It is an unforgettable read.
 

About Val McDermid

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Val McDermid is the author of twenty-five previous best-selling novels, which have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over ten million copies worldwide.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 413 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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The return of serial killer Jacko Vance drives McDermid’s superb seventh novel featuring Dr. Tony Hill and Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan of the Bradfield police (after 2010’s Fever of the Bone). Vance

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The Guardian

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The Retribution, her 25th crime novel in just under 25 years, again features Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and Tony Hill, the psychologist and police profiler, as well as a double dose of serial killers including Jacko Vance, a former TV star: "killer of 17 teenage girls, murderer of a s...

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The Guardian

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First, though, there's another serial killer for the MIT to deal with: someone is murdering women who work in Bradfield's thriving sex trade, by unusually varied methods.

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New York Journal of Books

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Bad guys don’t think of themselves as bad guys.

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New York Journal of Books

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“There’s much to be admired about Val McDermid; her understanding of the human psyche is breathtaking.”

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Curled Up

When Vance shatters her life forever, she turns her fury on Tony, lambasting him with the fact that he should have seen the possibility that the psychopath’s revenge would take on as perverse .

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Bookmarks Magazine

In McDermid's 25th novel in as many years--and the seventh in the series (The Wire in the Blood [1997], The Last Temptation [2002], Beneath the Bleeding [2007])--Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are haunted by their nemesis, a serial killer they thought they had put away for good more than a decade bef...

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