The Retribution by Val McDermidThe Retribution

There is one serial killer who has shaped and defined police profiler Tony Hill’s life. One serial killer whose evil surpasses all others. One serial killer who has the power to chill him to the bone: Jacko Vance. And now Jacko is back in Tony’s life.

Even more twisted and cunning than ever before, he is focused on wreaking revenge on Tony – and DCI Carol Jordan – for the years he has spent in prison. Tony doesn’t know when Jacko will strike, or where. All he knows is that Jacko will cause him to feel fear like he has never known before? and devastate his life in ways he cannot imagine…

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Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Series
UK Publisher: Little, Brown
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 01 September 2011

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The Retribution won a place on the longlist for the Green Carnation Prize 2011. Val’s 25th novel appears on the thirteen-strong longlist alongside books by writers including Michael Cunningham, Jackie Kay, Ali Smith, Colm Toibin and Jeanette Winterson.

The Green Carnation Prize celebrates the best fiction and memoirs by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender writers.


It’s perhaps fitting that for McDermid’s 25th novel she’s revisited her most thrillingly murderous creation, Jacko Vance.

— Daily Mirror

Val McDermid’s 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. It is truly disturbing.

— The Times

McDermid never pulls her punches in her graphic descriptions of the evils men (and women) inflict on each other.

— Irish Independent

Her writing is taut, her plotting pacy… McDermid is particularly good at analysing human damage and its effects.

— Scotsman

To write one brilliant book is hard. To write 25 is a miracle. That is what Val McDermid has achieved over the course of her career and it’s why she is a much-loved legend in the literary world… the pace here is flawless and the various storylines are expertly interwoven… a superb crime novel.

— Sunday Express

Val McDermid has done more to establish the British variant of the serial killer than anyone – so successfully, indeed, that everyone else’s serial killers seem pale imitations.

— The Guardian

Fans of Val McDermid’s dark thrillers will be beside themselves with glee.

— Sunday Telegraph

Good to see McDermid still at the very top of her game after a quarter of a century of scaring the hell out of us.

— Daily Mail

What matters when pulling off the outrageous, the grotesque and the outrageously grotesque in crime writing is conviction – and McDermid has that in spades.

— The Scotsman

A master class in how great crime fiction can, and should, be.

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