Insidious Intent by Val McDermid
eBook review copy; 400 pages
Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #10
Insidious Intent by Val McDermid is a highly recommended tenth installment to the series featuring psychologist Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan.
There are dual plotlines in this fast-paced, intense procedural. Carol
Jordan has been asked to return to head the newly formed Regional Major
Team (ReMIT) and she has handpicked her colleagues. All of Carol's
skills and Tony's insight are needed and tested with the Wedding Killer.
They must find a serial killer who finds his victims at wedding
receptions. The killer seeks out a woman who seems to be alone, courts
her, and eventually kills her. Then he sets fire to their lifeless
bodies in their cars, not only destroying the bodies, but destroying any
evidence that would connect him to the crime.
While trying to catch the killer, crime reporter Penny Burgess has made
it her goal to end Carol's career. At the same time DS Paula
McIntyre is being urged by Carol to take her inspector's exam so she
can take over for Carol - if she has to step down. To add to the
complications, Paula and her partner
Dr. Elinor Blessing must figure out why their teenage ward, Torin
McAndrew, is suddenly acting moody and secretive. DC Stacey Chen is back
and using her mad IT/computer skills to help solve the cases.
This is a great long-running series with well-developed,
well-established characters. The writing is excellent and the dialogue
is well-done. McDermid keeps the action fast and the tension building in
this outing. The team is seriously stumped and there are so many
peripheral things happening that could distract them from the case. All
the various plot-thread keep moving along as the stress levels of the
team rise along with the pressure. There is a reason McDermid is such a
successful crime writer. The ending on this one is a shocker.
My review copy was courtesy of Grove/Atlantic.