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The Mermaids Singing
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Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for The Mermaids Singing. Her novel A Place of Execution won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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First published in Great Britain in 1995, this title marks a clean break from McDermid's Kate Brannigan/Lindsay Gordon series. Here, criminologist Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Inspector Carol Jordan search for an arrogant serial killer who tortures his victims and leaves no clues. A safe bet.

McDermid (A Clean Break) enters new ground with a dark tale that is more complex, more carefully crafted and far more disturbing than her Kate Brannigan mysteries. By the time the police admit that Bradfield, a fictional city in northern England, has a serial killer, four men are already dead, each tortured in a different way and then abandoned outdoors in town. Baffled by a lack of physical evidence left by the meticulous sociopath, police bring in Tony Hill, a Home Office forensic psychologist who profiles criminals. Tony, who begins each day by ``selecting a persona,'' devours crime data with a fascination approaching admiration for the killer. The interest distracts him from obsessing over his own sexual impotence and over the ``exquisite torture'' of salacious phone calls he's been getting from a strange woman. DI Carol Jordan, a mercifully normal person who is Tony's liaison with the force, quickly grasps the profiling approach while keeping her policing instincts. Carol and Tony forge an uneasy relationship; but, as they pursue ``the Queer Killer,'' a cloddish policeman undermines them, a local reporter blows the case to get a byline and the murderer closes in on a new quarry. A warning: woven into this powerful story are journal entries in which the murder discusses torture in loving detail, an aspect that makes this graphic, psychologically terrifying tale almost as off-putting as it is impossible to put down. (Dec.) FYI: This novel won Britain's Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1995.

"Compelling and shocking"--Minette Walters
"Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to out down."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind."--"Booklist"

"Compelling and shocking"--Minette Walters

"Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to out down."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind."--"Booklist"

Compelling and shocking "Minette Walters" Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to out down. "Publishers Weekly" Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind. "Booklist""


Compelling and shocking Minette Walters Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to out down. Publishers Weekly Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind. Booklist"

"Compelling and shocking" --Minette Walters"Complex...powerful...psychologically terrifying...impossible to out down." --Publishers Weekly"Exciting, rapid-fire...a satisfying descent into the territory of a twisted mind." --Booklist

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