The Retribution by Val McDermid is the latest installment in the criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chie f Inspector Carol Jordan series. It is the story of the search for two serial killers: Jacko Vance, an escaped prisoner that Hill and Jordan captured in an earlier book, The Wire in the Blood; and a serial killer in Bradfield, home of Carol’s soon-to-disband Major Incident Team.
While I’ve read a lot of McDermid’s books outside this series, this is only the second Tony Hill/ Carol Jordan book I’ve read. Why? The Mermaids Singing was a little too gruesome for me. The Retribution, however, is disturbing without being too disturbing. How doesMcDermid manage that? The plot keeps moving, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. Also, she clearly loves her characters, and not just the primary ones. There is enough going on with the members of Carol’s Major Incident Team to keep you distracted from the horrors of the two serial killers on their respective killing sprees in this book.
The Retribution by Val McDermid
Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Source: Publisher via NetGalley