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*Starred Review* In McDermid's eighth entry to feature Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and psychologist Tony Hill, the once-crackerjack crime-fighting team has gone their separate ways. DCI Jordan has hung up her badge. (She blames Hill's professional neglect for the murder of her brother and his wife; Hill, for his part, is unable to forgive himself.) But when a woman is found murdered in an abandoned London flat, the two wind up back within each other's orbit again. Hill is a suspect, though anyone who knows him knows he is incapable of such brutality. Jordan comes out of retirement to aid beleaguered DC Paula McIntyre, and the two work to exonerate Hill. (Jordan does so begrudgingly at first; she has vowed never to allow Hill back into her life). Soon, more women go missing, and a disturbing trend emerges: they all eerily resemble blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jordan. Is she next on the killer's list? Jordan may have lost her partner, but she's adopted a spirited new companion: a dog named Flash, who quickly earns the title of Woman's Best Friend. Connoisseurs of the crime novel will happily devour veteran thriller-writer McDermid's masterful blend of crisp prose, complex characters, and relentless suspense.--Block, Allison Copyright 2010 Booklist


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McDermid's fiendishly clever eighth novel featuring forensic psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan (after The Retribution) finds the two partners on the outs. Jordan has resigned from the Bradfield, England, police force and taken up a labor-intensive DIY job. Hill is still struggling with the events that have driven Jordan from his life. Meanwhile, Det. Sgt. Paula McIntyre, who formerly served with Jordan, catches two cases-one involving a missing person, the other a vicious murder-that together engulf her both personally and professionally. A psychopath is intent on kidnapping and training the perfect wife-and beating to death and disfiguring his "mistakes." When McIntyre's decision to seek help from Hill takes a drastic, unexpected turn, she's forced to turn to the reclusive Jordan instead. The villain may be a mere foil, but the ingenious way in which he tests the mettle of Hill and Jordan is not to be missed by fans of the unusual sleuthing duo. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.