Splinter the silence

Val McDermid

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Mystery fiction
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press [2015]
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388 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Val McDermid (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Carol Jordan retired from the police force after her brother's murder, burying her grief in drink and DIY renovations. When she's arrested for driving while intoxicated, Carol is forced to call her former colleague and friend, Tony Hill, whom she has been determinedly avoiding. Risking Carol's legendary fury, Tony insists on staying to help her wean from alcohol. As a distraction, Tony brings a string of unlikely suicides to Carol's attention, and they launch an armchair investigation into similarities in the recent deaths of feminists targeted by brutal cyberbullies. It proves a timely mental exercise when Carol is unexpectedly handpicked to run a regional major crimes unit. This ninth entry in the genre-defining Tony Hill series is built around Carol's bumpy resurrection and the emotional weight of the pair's alternately angry, humorous, and nostalgic banter. Carol and Tony's personal and professional reunion plays well against the backdrop of a classic McDermid psychological thriller, balancing police-procedural details and profiling acumen as Carol's new dream team hunts an atypical serial killer whose emotional narrative interludes reveal a complex motive.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2015 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, a former detective chief constable, still aren't on speaking terms in their solid ninth outing (after 2013's Cross and Burn), despite the closeness they once shared. Tony continues his clinical psychological work in Bradfield, England, while Carol is busy drinking herself into oblivion. Meanwhile, the top brass desire to create a new Major Incident Team that would serve an area beyond Bradford. Strings are pulled to get Carol back in charge, with Tony as her unofficial sobriety coach, much to her annoyance. The new team's first case involves several outspoken women who have run afoul of Internet trolls after taking strong feminist stances; though the women and their causes seem unrelated, they all go on to commit suicide. Tony sees a pattern and warns Carol that there could something more sinister at work. Diamond Dagger Award-winner McDermid handles the delicate dance that is the slow reunion of her two heroes with as much grace as she affords the novel's victims. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review

Former police officer Carol Jordan's drinking is out of hand, and it is affecting her job prospects. Psychologist Tony Hill is the only person with a shot at getting her off the sauce. Partially as a distraction, Tony nurtures an idea with Carol that involves a pattern between two high-profile women who spoke out about men and crimes against women. Both women were harassed online and recently took their own lives. When a fluke gives Carol another chance at her career and another trolling victim commits suicide, the policewoman handpicks a team of her favorites to investigate-right under Detective Chief Inspector Fielding's nose. It turns out that these three deaths have a few things in common, such as a murderer with a vendetta against outspoken women. Verdict Employing a multiperspective narrative, McDermid (Cross and Burn) brings back the beloved Tony Hill and Carol Jordan for this ninth installment of the police procedural series. Readers familiar with the books will rejoice at the prospect of a new page-turning offering, while newcomers who enjoy Sara Paretsky and Laurie R. King will catch up quickly with the backstory.-Michelle Gilbert, Fox Lake District Lib., IL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

An Internet bully decides to take the next step to actual violence in the latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan thriller. The killer is targeting outspoken advocates for women's rights and making their deaths look like suicides. His goal is not only to silence them, but to make it appear as if the online bullying and threats directed at these women were so powerful that they crumbled under a sustained show of male force. Hill can't make the suicide of one victim jibe with the strength the woman showed in her public appearances. The seed of doubt planted in his mind provides the opening for the investigation, as Jordan is facing a battle with booze brought on by recent violent trauma. The book has hold of a great subject: the chauvinist pig-pile of online misogyny. The problem is that the killer's motivationhis belief that his mother's feminist beliefs led to her separation from the family and her death when he was just a childfeels strained. As a character, he lacks the horrifying individuality of the murderers in past Hill-Jordan outings like The Mermaids Singing (1996) and The Wire in the Blood (1997), the first two, and still the best, in the series. Also, too often the dialogue reads less like talking than like characters staking out an editorial position. There's a stroke of inspiration in imagining how easily the murderous impulses of online trolls might be unleashed, but neither that premise nor the duo who've won fans to the series are well-served by this entry. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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