Fever of the Bone: A Novel
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A new chief constable, James Blake, arrives at Bradfield CID in McDermid's excellent sixth Tony Hill novel (after Beneath the Bleeding). Since Blake takes a skeptical view of both Tony's contributions as a medical consultant and the team's commitment to cold cases, Det. Chief Insp. Carol Jordan has to tread carefully. Soon deemed too expensive by Blake, Tony turns to nearby Worcester for work, where a grisly case involves the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of teenagers lured to their deaths by a killer who befriends them on a social networking Web site. Connections soon arise between Tony's case and Carol's new murder inquiry in Bradfield, which McDermid develops with her usual systematic ease until all the pieces of the disturbing puzzle fall into place. The increasingly complex and indefinable relationship between Tony and Carol provides a strong emotional undercurrent. McDermid demonstrates once again that she's as adept with matters of the heart as she is with murder.
Meanwhile, Jordan's team is desperate to prove themselves and they start to investigate the murder of a teenage boy whom has been mutilated. There are striking similarities between the case that Hill is working on and Jordan's case. A serial killer may be on the loose and no one is sure who this person could be or what their motive is.
As always, I really enjoy the chemistry between Hill and Jordan. Hill is such a vulnerable character which makes him so endearing. I wasn't impressed with Jordan's increasing abuse of alcohol and would much like to see that solved quickly as it doesn't add anything to the story line. Though I've found that most of these books can be read as a stand alone, I think this one is best read in series. There's just too much background information that would be missed by a reader not invested in this series.
McDermid can't go wrong. All of her mysteries are page turners that keep you guessing up to the last minute. This book was left with an interesting ending between Jordan and Hill which leaves me looking forward very much to the next book to see what the resolution is!
Jennifer Maidment, a Worcester teen has been found murdered and sexually mutiliated. Tony is brought in as the profiler. Meanwhile, Carol and her team are on a three month probation under her new boss, James Blake. Blake is not sure of the team's contributions and finds the use of Tony as a profiler too expensive.
Carol is given a new murder to investigate and it is strikingly similar to Tony's case. A teen lured into meeting someone from the latest teen social network, Rigarmole is lured to his death. What is the motive and can this serial killer be stopped?
As a side story Tony gets to spend some time in his father's house he has inherited. Tony is so very insecure and vulnerable and I think this is what the reader likes so much about him. This book is definitely a page-turner. I can't wait for the next in the series.