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The Torment Of Others by Val McDermid

The Torment Of Others by Val McDermid

British author Val McDermid continues her engrossing series about criminal psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and his police colleague, DCI Carol Jordan in a beautifully constructed, impeccably written story about an apparent copycat killer. McDermid takes this not exactly virginal supposition and literally turns it on its head. Two years earlier, strong forensic evidence put serial killer Derek Tyler behind bars in a mental hospital. Now Hill is sure that against all logic Tyler has committed a new murder in the same way as his old ones. The more he and Jordan dig, the more impossible the connection appears. But Hill refuses to swallow the obvious that someone is imitating Tyler's modus operandi—and McDermid's swelling legions of enthusiasts will share his bafflement. McDermid is an excellent writer. Very few writers could deal with the ultra-violent spectrum of crime without descending into sensationalism. McDermid manages to straddle that line beautifully.