Insidious Intent by Val McdermidInsidious Intent by Val Mcdermid

Insidious Intent

byVal Mcdermid

Hardcover | December 15, 2018

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the YearNamed One of Entertainment Weekly 's Best New Books Insidious Intent, the latest installment in Val McDermid's popular series featuring psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan, reaffirms Val McDermid's place as Britan's reigning Queen of Crime. In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A wedding crasher is luring the women away - only to torch the victims' bodies in their own cars in remote locations, leaving behind no personal clues or forensic traces. It is the first official case for Carol's elite Regional Major Incident Team - and maybe the toughest case she and Tony have ever had to face. It all comes together in an ending that hits like a bomb blast," The Globe and Mail raved. "Don't miss this one and save it for the day when you want to read straight through.""
Val McDermid's best-selling novels have won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and the CWA Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Awards. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award, including for Edgar Nominee for Fact Crime Forensics, which won the Anthony Award for non-fiction. She lives in Scotland.
Title:Insidious IntentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.37 inPublished:December 15, 2018Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802127169

ISBN - 13:9780802127167

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really? The main plot of the book was a good one, the sub plot, though playing a very minor roll, was better. The spurned lover turned serial killer hunted by the newly formed task force headed by the main character, Carol Jordan, was a rather boring character with no real personality in evidence. The author disappointed when she used the tired phrase, » fake news » followed in the next sentence by these two words, « alternative facts. » This is when she lost me. Really, is there such a thing? No, actually there is not. The book was somewhat interesting and fans of this author will enjoy it. It was somewhat entertaining though,I felt, it fell apart in the last few chapters.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, meticulous, and menacing! Insidious Intent is a riveting tale that immerses you into the evidence collection and investigation into the kidnapping and violent homicide of several lonely, vulnerable women and the hunt for a serial killer with a penchant for fire. The prose is sophisticated and crisp. The characterization is spot on with all the usual gang back including the resilient, determined Carol Jordan whose greatest struggles involve her own guilt, secrets, demons, and addictions. And the plot is a skillfully crafted mix of twists, turns, murder, police corruption, manipulation, obsession, and deception. Overall, Insidious Intent is nicely paced and has exceptional depth in both the storyline and character development. And even though this is the tenth book in the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series, McDermid has written such an intriguing, entertaining tale that new fans will be quickly adding the previous novels in the series to their TBR and long-standing fans will be satisfied, surprised, and eager for book #11.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very good read It seems like there are once again problems for the Major Crime Scene Incident team, but I loved catching up on what they were up to, especially since Insidious Intent starts up where the last Hill/Jordan book left off. If you haven't read Val McDermid yet, you should definitely give her a try.
Date published: 2017-11-30

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Insidious Intent Here McDermid is at her finest . . . Insidious Intent is a bold gamble that has the potential to shake long-cherished characters from their emotional complacency and advance the series into uncharted territory." - Los Angeles Times "One of crime fiction's most eminent writers returns with another intricately plotted thriller." - Entertainment Weekly "A highlight of novels written by Val McDermid is the tight control she maintains over her complex plots that are enhanced by believable and complicated characters . . . McDermid brings something special to the table as she shows in her latest novel . . . The intense plot moves briskly. McDermid keeps each twist believable . . . The author's expert exploration of the human experience has never been better." - Washington Post "The finale will shake readers to their core." - Publishers Weekly "The narcissistic, controlled killer is engaging quarry and McDermid's procedural details are as on point as ever . . . The final twist is both shocking and fitting, a must-read for series fans." - Booklist (starred review)"Reading one of Val McDermid's novels is like taking a Master Class . . . With the passing of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, McDermid reigns unchallenged as simply the finest crime writer of our age." - Reviewing the Evidence "The 424 pages just flew by to a very shocking conclusion . . . You mustn't skip this one. When you read it, you'll understand." - Deadly Pleasures "