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The Vanishing Point

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The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid, book reviewVal McDermid is a prolific writer, probably best known for her highly successful Tony Hill novels (adapted for TV as The Wire in the Blood series, although if you have ever watched them I can assure you that the books are far better). I’m sure McDermid could get along very nicely indeed just by knocking out a new Tony Hill book each year, but every now and again she likes to challenge herself – and her readers – by producing a stand-alone novel, in much the same way that Ruth Rendell periodically gives herself a break from writing about Wexford. As much as I like the Tony Hill books, I have found that these one-off stories are often among her best and most interesting works; The Vanishing Point has proved to be no exception.


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The Fever of the Bone

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The Fever of the Bone By Val McDermidWhen teenager Jennifer Maidment is murdered and her mutilated body is found dumped by the roadside near Worcester, West Mercia Police have little to go on and call in the support of criminal profiler, Tony Hill. Hill has time on his hands since back in Bradfield – the Sheffield/Bradford fictional location where Hill lives and usually plies his trade – his friend and lodger, policewoman Carol Jordan has been banned from using Hill’s services. Hill has other personal reasons for thinking that an excuse to go to Worcester is very timely too.

When a teen-aged boy goes missing on Carol’s patch, it’s only a matter of time before his mutilated body will be found and another boy will be reported missing. With Tony in Worcester and Carol banned from talking to him, neither knows that the other is involved with a similar case.


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