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Summary

In 2010, Val McDermid received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Her last novel, Trick of the Dark, hit the best-seller lists, and now she returns with The Retribution.

Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood, is back in a terrifying psychological thriller. Teaming up once again with Carol Jordan, the pair face a serial killer unlike any they have ever encountered before.

©2011 Val McDermid (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent listen

A couldn't stop listening title! I was listening to it constantly to the annoyance of my children! It was gripping, well written and narrated. I have never listened to or read any others in this series although I had watched the TV series and only bought it because it was on offer. It turned out to be a much better choice than my chosen title

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Mesmerising

As usual, Val McDermid piles on the agony and manages to keep you guessing. The sudden ending stopped me in my tracks. It is a very sombre book overall, and leaves one hoping for a little more compassion for poor old Tony next time around! I have to say that I think the narrator, although good at the narrative parts, fell down when it came to the voices of the characters. Carol in particular sounded like a gruff, asthmatic middle aged man.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • Roermond, Netherlands
  • 21-09-11

Gripping!

It was great to take another mindtrip into the tortuous brain of Jacko Vance as the team struggle to stop him on his rampage. Fast-paced, lots of twists and turns, everything that I would expect from a Tony Hill book by this author. True, no happy endings (yet), but I continue to hope! It had me listening at every opportunity!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • 14-10-11

Gripping Thriller

Val McDermid does not let her fans down in the latest Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller. It is well written, gripping and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a good job and has a great voice for the relentlessly grim nature of this book. Not sure if his character voices are completely convincing but I did get used to that. I do have a few issues that have stopped me giving this 5 stars- found the two different storylines slightly disjointed and wasn't happy with the development of Carol and Tony's relationship. Despite this, a highly recommended listen

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Effie
  • Warwick, United Kingdom
  • 16-06-12

Fantastic

The best yet....please churn another Tony Hill book soon, Val. I am hooked! Saul Reichlin is the best narrator...better than Vari Sylvester (sorry Vari)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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excellent

I have read all of Val McDermids books - they are all brilliant but this one is her best yet - I was gripped from start to finish - well recommend this one - my only regret was when I finished it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • V. Froelunda, Sweden
  • 09-11-11

The bitter end for Tony and Carol?

This late McDermid is one of the best in the Tony Hill — Carol Jordan series. Most of the police staff is well known from books and TV but some parts of the puzzle in the strange relation between the protagonists get their explication here. The question now is if Carols decision to break with Tony is going to be fulfilled or how their relationship might become restored. A cliff hanger if there ever was one for the fans of psychological mysteries.

Peter in Sweden

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  • Richard
  • Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
  • 06-07-12

Bit of a curates egg

My first listen to a Val McDermid book, I was looking forward to this book after reading so many good reviews and hearing good things about the authors work.
I have to say that I was left with somewhat mixed feelings after listening to the book. To me the plot seems a little weak, the villain whilst being incarcerated is able to organize a set of circumstances and set up the kind of survailance that would make MI5 envious with only the help of a man who comes accross in the book as being something of a gullable half wit. The plot is predictable with only the twist at the climax coming as a surprise.
The dialogue is a little stodgy and the use of bad language is sprinkled so liberally and out of context that i believe it does not have the impact that the author was looking for. The scenes of extreme violence however are in my opinion the greatest strength in this authors armoury, graphic and extremely well described. The book is fast paced and the complex interaction between the primary characters is very good.
The narration of Saul Reichlin did not really suit the book, having enjoyed his reading of the Millenium Trilogy I did not feel he did the characters any real justice.
Not a bad novel, but from much of the hype I expected a little more.

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  • James
  • SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom
  • 03-02-14

Plot many be ok but performance is Not for me

I have enjoyed previous books by this author and the tv series based on them, this is the first time I have listened to one though and I was dissapointed. I am unsure if the book/storyline is good as I just found the narrators performance very boring meaning I just turned it off and couldn't get into the storyline at all.

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As good as expected

I like Val's work anyway, but this is an exciting story with some twists and turns along the way leading to the nail biting end. You know in your head that the heroes will survive but you get so involved that your heart fears they won't.

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  • derek sullvan
  • 05-07-18

Extremely disappointing

There were a number of occasions when I wanted to send this book back. I have read many of her books and watched all of the series regarding Tony Hill. This is the first book I’ve been disappointed with. The two parallel plots were unconnected and therefore the second plot involving the working girl killer was pointless. It didn’t have a successful ending either. Just came to a grinding halt.

The author spends an inordinate amount of time going into the psychological backgrounds of too many lesser characters. The hunt for Vance didn’t really have any impetus. It wasn’t dynamic. It didn’t have you page turning. Of course I wanted Vance to get his just desserts which was the only reason I got to the end. I don’t think he did get his true punishment. That would have been Carole arresting him and seeing him go down. For Tony’s mother to see Vance off was a poor ending.

Regards the narration. All the different characters had the same voice. There was no feeling of a new character or a female character. Ive read a number of Michael Connely books and the narrator manages to distinguish between male and female characters without talking in a high pitch voice. He does it with texture of voice. This narrator was all harsh voices.

I also got pretty tired of the sexuality angle being in so many characters within the book. I am not being anti here, I just think it was overkill and was the authors own personna being portrayed too often.

I couldn’t wait to finish the book but I was a really dull ending.

First book from 7 I’ve sent back.