Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #5)

by Val McDermid | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1554680786 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 9/24/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 24, 2011
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A city is mourning. The local soccer team’s star midfielder has been murdered, bizarrely poisoned in an apparently motiveless killing. Then a bomb blast rips through the stadium. Dozens lie dead; many more are injured. Is it a terrorist attack or a vendetta against the team? Or something even more sinister?

As he lies in a hospital bed, psychologist and profiler Dr. Tony Hill struggles to make sense of the fragments of information he manages to gather. Meanwhile, his customary ally, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, is being pushed to the margins of the investigation by intelligence services determined to prove themselves indispensable. It wouldn’t be so bad if Tony and Carol could agree about who they’re looking for. But both are at odds as they have never been before.

Canadian crime readers love Val McDermid’s Tony Hill and Carol Jordan together. With every new book in the series—The Last Temptation was the most recent and was a bestseller in Canada— and with the re-airing of The Wire in the Blood television series on Showcase, McDermid’s stature as an international sensation will continue to grow.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 23, 2019
Dr. Tony Hill is bedridden after an attack at a mental ward and an axe to the knee. It's really not a good time to be immobile when a top footballer is admitted to the hospital and the staff finds out that he has been poisoned with ricin. He passes away and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan is called in to investigate. Researching from a hospital bed, Tony is frustrated at the lack of progress he makes, but eventually finds a possible connection to another mysterious poisoning case.

During the memorial for this football player, an alleged terrorist attack occurs, bombing the stadium and killing many. Could these be connected? Why was the stadium targeted?

I haven't read a Hill/Jordan mystery for a while but this one felt pretty lazy. The bombing builds up for a very long time and then only takes place in the last third of the book and really has nothing to do with anything else in the book. It just didn't connect for me. Then when they finally catch the murderer, though we sort of know the motive, the murderer refuses to give the full story on why he did it. It's like McDermid didn't want to bother sorting out that part of the story.

Definitely not my favourite Hill/Jordan mystery. I hope Jordan sorts out her drinking problem soon but I doubt that'll be the case.

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