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Summary

Professor Fiona Cameron is a psychologist who uses computer technology to track serial offenders. She vowed never to work for the Met again after they went against her advice and screwed up an investigation as a result.

But when her lover, thriller writer Kit Martin, tells her a fellow crime novelist has been murdered, Fiona can’t help taking an interest. With the killer striking again, Fiona is caught in a race against time.

©2002 Val McDermid (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Dark, clever and timely." ( Scotland on Sunday)
"She is the real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no-one can plot or tell a story like she can. The hairs on my neck literally stood up." ( Express)

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Waste of a credit

Not sure if it is the predictable story, poor narration or appalling audio quality - but audible your having it back.

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Uninspiring performance

Although I found the story quite engaging, the narrator's voice is dull, and expressionless with too frequent oddities of pronunciation. Really frustrating to listen to. I also found that the sound quality was very variable and would suddenly become muffled, mid-listen. Very disappointing.

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Oh dear... Awful on so many levels.

I love this author and have read many of her wonderful books, my favourite being 'A Place of Execution'. This book isn't a patch on. Any of her others, and it's hard to believe that it has been written by the same person. It has the most ridiculously silly plot and has an intensely unlikable and arrogant heroine. I skipped through huge chunks because it was over explained and dull. However it was the narration that I found the worst thing about this book. The accents used were abysmal ( the American accent was frankly frightening!) and the accent used for Kit Martin made him sound like a drag queen. The quality is the audio was also dreadful, with variations in volume and clarity throughout. Whoever recorded and published this audiobook should be ashamed. If you are considering buying this book, don't! Val has many other brilliant books, choose something else instead.

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Promised more than it delivers

A worthwhile listen for the most part but it began to become hard work about 2/3 through and ultimately tailed off to a predictable ending.

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Dreadful narrator

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A fairly uninspired storyline from a usually enjoyable author, also the sound quality is variable, but the worst aspect was the truly dreadful narration.

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Story ruined by narration

Others have commented on the narration of this book and in the beginning I thought it wasn’t too bad. As time goes on, however, it goes from irritating to almost unbearable. The narrator can speak in a normal tone but when delivering dialogue reverts to a strange, almost sarcastic delivery which is over-nuanced. Some people do speak like this but not every character in the book.

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Narrator makes this difficult to understand.

I don"t know about the story but the narrator is terrible. talking very loud at times causing me to turn down the volume but then whispering so you can't hear it.
i have listened to many audio books and have never come across such a terrible narrator. it has ruined the book for me and wasted my money.

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Amazing narration marred by pronounciation

I really enjoyed this book, the story was gripping and the narrator was excellent BUT the jolt when well-known Scotthish place names and surnames were mispronounced cost her a star!

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Gripping read, loved it from start to finish

Couldn't stop listening from the very beginning. Great voice for the story and a plot I didn't guess which makes a nice change.

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An excellent read

I've read a number of Val mcdermid books all excellent read I started with fire in the blood and went on from there