Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are back for another round in McDermid's most recent book. With a new boss on the force, Jordan is threatened to have her team taken away from her and is told she can no longer use Hill's profiling techniques to help solve crimes. Knowing that Jordan won't be able to use him, Hill takes the time to consult on another case in a different county. This also gives him a chance to visit the home of the father that he never knew. He's not quite emotionally prepared for learning about his father which adds another layer of complexity.
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!
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First Line: "It all comes down to blood in the end."