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
By Judith on 08-11-11

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. V. J. Port on 01-10-11

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By derek sullvan on 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.

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