A killer is on the loose, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. His prey: the writers of crime novels. His bloodlust shatters all the conventional wisdom surrounding the motives and mechanics of how serial killers operate.
For Fiona Cameron, an academic psychologist, the desperate hunt to uncover his identity becomes a matter of life and death. She soon finds herself caught in a race against time to save a life and find personal redemption.
©2000 Val McDermid; (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Val at her best"
Val is a master of psychological crime fiction. Superb narration and characterisation, coupled with a sure-footed handling of the underlying science and a believable plot makes this another 'can't put it down' novel. If you know Val's work, you'll love this book. If you've yet to discover her, you won't be disappointed.
"Another good one from Val McDermid."
I have found this really difficult to turn off. The narrator is very good and the story keeps you wanting to find out more.
In all honesty I didn't finish this book because it was so bad. I was giving Val McDermid a second chance in getting this one; she'll not be getting a third chance. A while back I read A Place of Execution and thought it was a fantastic book; I immediately followed this up with another of Val McDermid's books (can't remember the name) which was about a female private eye and set in Manchester. It was so badly written that I refused to believe it was by the same author and gave up on it.
I think I have an allergy to formulaic rubbish but this was formulaic rubbish with a bit of cheese thrown in! I winced when the scottish pathologist at the first murder scene informed the policeman that they were looking for a copycat killer because his methods were similar to a serial killer active in London around 1899... You're looking for a 'Jock the Ripper' he explained, Ouch! I positively cringed when the formulaic Fiona Cameron, world famous criminal profiling expert (yawn) was described as having far too much media exposure and as a result had become known as 'candid Cameron.' If you neither winced nor cringed at either of those descriptions then this could be the book for you but books have to be truly terrible for me to give up on them. Sadly, Vari Sylvester's narration made a terrible book even worse; her attempts at a Scottish male accent were laughable.
I loved the book. Val McDermid at her best.
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