>In the northern town of Bradfield four men have been found mutilated and tortured. Fear grips the city; not man feels safe. Clinical psychologist Tony HIll is brought in to profile the killer. A man with more than enought sexual problems of his own, Tony himself becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills where he has to use ...
>In the northern town of Bradfield four men have been found mutilated and tortured. Fear grips the city; not man feels safe. Clinical psychologist Tony HIll is brought in to profile the killer. A man with more than enought sexual problems of his own, Tony himself becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills where he has to use every ounce of his professional skill and personal nerve to survive.Winner of the CWA's Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year, The Mermaids Singing is a truly shocking psychological thriller and a startling departure from Val McDermid's Kate Branigan novels.At Ottakars's, we believe Val McDermid is one of the best British crime writers at work today. Most writers are content to succeed in one style of crime fiction; Val McDermid has written novels in different styles and excels in all of them. From tense and disturbing to witty and fast-paced, her novels are all skilfully plotted and compelling.We are confident that you will enjoy her books as much as we do and are offering this exclusive Ottakar's edition for only 99p* as an introduction. L uckliy, if you like this one, there are plenty more to read.Val McDermid's new novel A Place of Execution is published in paperback on the 4th April and will be available at all Ottakar's branches at the special price of #4. 99* (#2.00 off rrp). Her new hardback, Killing the Shadows, is published in June.*Price applies for a limited period only and is subject to availability.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-10-28 McDermid (A Clean Break) enters new ground with a dark tale that is more complex, more carefully crafted and far more disturbing than her Kate Brannigan mysteries. By the time the police admit that Bradfield, a fictional city in northern England, has a serial killer, four men are already dead, each tortured in a different way and then abandoned outdoors in town. Baffled by a lack of physical evidence left by the meticulous sociopath, police bring in Tony Hill, a Home Office forensic psychologist who profiles criminals. Tony, who begins each day by ``selecting a persona,'' devours crime data with a fascination approaching admiration for the killer. The interest distracts him from obsessing over his own sexual impotence and over the ``exquisite torture'' of salacious phone calls he's been getting from a strange woman. DI Carol Jordan, a mercifully normal person who is Tony's liaison with the force, quickly grasps the profiling approach while keeping her policing instincts. Carol and Tony forge an uneasy relationship; but, as they pursue ``the Queer Killer,'' a cloddish policeman undermines them, a local reporter blows the case to get a byline and the murderer closes in on a new quarry. A warning: woven into this powerful story are journal entries in which the murder discusses torture in loving detail, an aspect that makes this graphic, psychologically terrifying tale almost as off-putting as it is impossible to put down. (Dec.) FYI: This novel won Britain's Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1995. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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