Fever of the Bone by Val McDermidFever of the Bone

‘You should have been a detective. If there’s one thing the last year has proved, it’s how good you are at finding things out. Not simple things. Hard things. Things that nobody is supposed to be able to find out. Things that are buried so deep nobody even thinks twice about them. The sort of things that turn people’s lives inside out once they’re exposed.’ Meet Tony Hill’s most twisted adversary – a killer with a shopping list of victims, a killer unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer driven by the most perverted of desires.

The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it’s not long before Tony realises it’s just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that’s targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Struggling with the newly-awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

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Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Series
UK Publisher: Little, Brown
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 03 September 2009

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It takes great skill to handle so many narrative strands with clarity without sacrificing the suspense – but McDermid does so with apparent ease.

— Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

McDermid is especially good at serving up a mix of hi-tech and old-fashioned coppering, as well as showing how proximity to extreme brutality can take its toll on even the toughest police officer.

— Laura Wilson, The Guardian

Fever Of The Bone is everything a great detective novel should be: pacey, gripping, clever and stylish and, most of all, a fantastic read.

— Angela McGee, Sunday Express

Another cracker in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series from the most imaginative creator of serial killers we have.

— The Daily Mail

McDermid remains unrivalled at yoking chilling scenarios to a pulsing narrative; and Hill’s torment is palpable in this scary, dark thriller. Horrible and brilliant.

— Peter Guttridge, The Observer

In a book that takes in social networking and teenage angst, it would be easy for the average author to slip up on technicality or tone, but McDermid treads the technological – and teen – paths with ease.

— Rebecca Armstrong, The Independent

Val McDermid’s latest offering is an excellent book… This has to be her finest offering to date. Which, considering her previous novels, is no mean feat! Fever of the Bone reinforces her standing as the mistress of the psychological crime thriller.

— Crimesquad.com

Val Said…

‘My next book – THE FEVER OF THE BONE will be published 3 September 2009 by Little, Brown. THE FEVER OF THE BONE is the sixth novel to feature clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, and yet again it takes them into uncharted waters. I’ve started work on it, and so far it seems to be taking me into uncharted waters too!’

Val McDermid