The Mermaids Singing

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Harper, 2010 - Hill, Tony (Fictitious character) - 443 pages
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You always remember the first time. Isn't that what they say about sex? How much more true it is of murder... Up till now, the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one's different -- this one's on the loose. In the northern town of Bradfield four men have been found mutilated and tortured. Fear grips the city; no man feels safe. Clinical psychologist Tony Hill is brought in to profile the killer. A man with more than enough sexual problems of his own, Tony himself becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

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User Review  - amcheri - LibraryThing

I can't say that I really liked the book but it held my attention pretty well. I would certainly try the second in the series. I'm not particularly squeamish when it comes to graphic violence but ... Read full review

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User Review  - susandennis - LibraryThing

Brian from Burlingame, CA who is a long time reader of these pages, sent me a note recently recommending this book. THANK YOU, BRIAN!! Wow. This may well go on my top 10 for the year. Someone is ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three years as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. Now a full-time writer, she divides her time between Cheshire and Northumberland. Her novels have won international acclaim and a number of prestigious awards, including the Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the Anthony Award for best novel, and the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award. Her thriller series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill has been adapted into the much-loved TV series Wire in the Blood.

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