Cross and Burn

Cross and Burn

Book - 2013
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Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between the long-time crime-fighting partners, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan. But just because Tony and Carol aren't talking doesn't mean the killing stops. Someone is killing women. Women who bear an unsettling resemblance to Carol Jordan. The connection is too strong to ignore and soon Tony finds himself dangerously close to the investigation, just as the killer is closing on his next target. This is a killer like no other, hell-bent on inflicting the more severe and grotesque punishment on his victims. When the evidence begins to point in an unthinkable direction, Tony and Carol are forced to work together as never before, fighting to save not just the victims, but themselves.
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollinsPublishersLtd,, 2013
ISBN: 9781443431255
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MCD
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 20, 2014

A interesting storyline for 2/3 of the book incorporating talents, and skills of all characters, uniquely dealing with contribution of women, and the LGBT community. After that it appears to make unclear assump- tions, and conclusions,

Cdnbookworm Dec 27, 2013

This thriller takes place in West Yorkshire and moves around between several points of view, some of them members of the recently disbanded MIT investigative team of the Bradfield Police: Tony Hill, psychologist and police profiler; Carol Jordan leader of the MIT team, now ex-police dealing with her grief by pushing everyone away; and Paula McIntyre, formerly Carol's constable, but now sergeant for another DCI. The other main character we see the inside view of is the criminal, the man who is obsessed with finding the perfect wife for his needs, the man who is never satisfied, who chooses, stalks, kidnaps, and terrorizes his victims in his impossible to fulfill goal. And then we have the victims, well-dressed professional women, successful and attractive, but no match for his well-planned attacks.

The title seems to come from a quote that appears on the first pages of the book:
"The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn" -- David Russell

Paula is struggling with her new DCI, trying to be loyal, but believing that justice outweighs such loyalty. When someone she knows goes missing and she becomes involved with the woman's teenage son, it becomes personal. When someone she knows well is under suspicion for these brutal crimes against women, she is sure they have the wrong man, and that the right one is still out there somewhere, endangering more women it becomes even more personal. A fast-moving book that you won't want to put down.

Oct 14, 2013

I am partial! This latest from Val McDermid is right up to her usual high standard, full of seriously damaged people and I hope it won't be too long before she writes another Tony Hill/ Carol Jordan investigation. I would really like another Wire in the Blood on TV and this one is ready to go.

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