The Torment of Others

By Val McDermid
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312339197, 400pp.)

Publication Date: April 28, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback, Compact Disc

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Description

Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan return in the award-winning series that is the basis for the hit show on BBC America.

In a small grim room, the body of a woman is discovered, panic and pain etched in her face. The scene matches in every detail a series of murders two years ago-murders that ended when irrefutable forensic evidence secured the conviction of a deeply disturbed young man named Derek Tyler.

But there's no way Tyler could have killed the latest victim. He's been locked up in a mental institution since his trial, barely speaking a word. So is there a copycat?

All his years of experience tell top criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill that there isn't-but that would make the murders literally impossible. While Hill tries to crack Tyler, DCI Carol Jordan and her team must mount a desperate undercover operation to trap the murderer-a decision that will have terrible consequences.

As the tension mounts, a mixture of psychological insight and dogged detective work leads inexorably to a terrifying climax where Tony faces one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered.




About the Author

VAL MCDERMID grew up in a Scottish mining community and read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer and lives in South Manchester.In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. Her novel, A Place of Execution, won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize,was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in England.




Praise For The Torment of Others

"One of McDermid's finest." - The Times

"Our leading Pathologist of everyday evil... the subtle orchestration of terror is masterful." - Guardian

"It is hard to know what to praise first here: the impeccable plotting or the sharp social relevance of the narrative (a McDermid specialty). Most of all, though, it's the relationship between her two central characters that makes THE TORMENT OF OTHERS work so well." - Daily Express
"[McDermid] continues her engrossing series about criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and his police colleague, DCI Carol Jordan, in a beautifully constructed, impeccably written story about an apparent copycat killer...A finalist for the CWA's 2004 Gold Dagger Award, this fresh, imaginative psychological thriller should help win the author many new fans in the U.S."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"[McDermid] continues her engrossing series about criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and his police colleague, DCI Carol Jordan, in a beautifully constructed, impeccably written story about an apparent copycat killer...A finalist for the CWA's 2004 Gold Dagger Award, this fresh, imaginative psychological thriller should help win the author many new fans in the U.S." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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