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The Retribution

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Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.


Incarcerated serial killer Jacko Vance has been planning the perfect escape for 15 years. But his escape is only the beginning-Vance has plotted a violent trajectory of revenge against everyone he believes helped to convict and imprison him. DCI Carol Jordan and criminal profiler Tony Hill top his list, but can they stop him before it's too late for them and nearly everyone they know and love? Verdict McDermid's seventh series novel (after Fever of the Bone) raises the stakes by positioning her duo against both death and the demise of their personal and professional relationship. A gruesomely enjoyable yarn for McDermid fans and mystery thriller lovers. [Five-city tour; see Prepub Alert, 7/10/11.]-Jennifer Rogers, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Coll. Lib., Richmond (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise for "The Retribution" "Be very afraid as you meet a truly inventive serial killer. Val McDermid's 25th novel is stunningly good, but it comes with a health warning. It is truly disturbing. Not in the sense of too many detailed descriptions of violence or post mortem examinations, but in what she does in entering the mind of a wholly evil, exceptionally inventive serial killer of teenage girls."--"The Times" (UK) "[McDermid's] writing...remains taut and unflinching. In "The Retribution," criminal psychologist Hill and DCI Jordan are back on the trail of Jacko Vance, the charismatic sports and TV star and serial killer of "The Wire in the Blood." He has escaped from prison with a head full of vengeance and heart full of malice. As in all her novels, McDermid creates a brooding tension that allows readers to get close to characters whose lives are about to be ripped apart."--Danuta Kean, "The Independent" (UK) "Val McDermid...has done more to establish the Brit Praise for Val McDermid "I love every word Val McDermid writes. If you haven't discovered her genius yet, you are in for a rare treat."--Harlan Coben "McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there. [...] She's the best we've got."--"New York Times Book Review" "[McDermid's] work is taut, psychologically complex and so gripping that it puts your life on hold" - "The Times" (UK) "McDermid has become a whiz at generating breathless, crosscutting suspense."-- "GQ" "Smooth. Confident. Deeply satisfying. What else can you say about McDermid's writing...The Jordan-Hill relationship remains the star of the show... it's a match made in heaven amid hell on earth." -"Entertainment Weekly" (editor's choice) "Val McDermid is one of the bright lights of the mystery field."-- "The Washington Post" "One of my favorite authors, Val McDermid is an important writer--witty, never sentimental, taking us through mean streets w

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