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In the last book (no spoiler), everything went FUBAR. I couldn't imagine how McDermid would resurrect the characters, but she did. This is another excellent serial killer book, in this case delving into sexism and gender roles but not in an obvious way. I simply loved every page, but if you haven't read the other books, don’t start the series here. Bechdel test: Passed (almost all main characters are female). Grade: A-
Narration: Doyle is excellent. He perfectly captures Tony Hill, Carol Jordan and friends. I hope the publisher never picks another narrator.
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I love this series. I was devastated, as were the main characters, at the end of the last book.
This book gathers the pieces of those widely divided characters and loosely unites them in efforts to save one of their own. The serial killings, detective work, and eventual justice are all here. In fact, they are the force that pulls everyone closer. We are left with this loose network of characters and some hints for the future.
I believe that Val McDermid dropped in enough hints about the previous squad's history to allow this book to stand alone.
Gerard Doyle gives another excellent performance.
Note: There is an unrelated short story added after the book ends. Due to some poor editing, it just starts as if part of the book. It took a bit (staring at my ipod) to realize that it is an "extra." It is worth listening to it, just be aware that its title, introduction, etc. are at its end instead of at the beginning.
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