The Last Temptation

The Last Temptation

By (author) Val McDermid

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Coming to terms over her breakup with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But she's being tracked as well-by a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history. In quiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to rest the scars of his past-until he's recruited back into business on a case he can't ignore. An evil is striking uncomfortably close to home, and casting a killer shadow over the life of his long-time colleague and sometimes lover. As the danger closes in, and as Tony and Carol cross paths to navigate the terrain of a shattered human mind, they have no one left to trust but themselves-and fear that there's no place left to run as a killer promises to fulfill his most twisted dreams.Deftly merging the dark terrain of forensic psychology with the brooding, crime-streaked world of post-Cold War Europe, Val McDermid's "The Last Temptation "is an unrivaled tour de force that takes Tony Hill further into the mind of a killer than he's ever dared to go before.

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 106.68 x 165.1 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • 19 Oct 2003
  • St. Martin's Press
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312986319
  • 9780312986315
  • 27,548

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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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"A scary, disturbing, exciting, and atmospheric white-knuckle read."-"The London Times "(UK)

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Back cover copy

Electrifying critics and readers alike with her award-winning novels, bestselling author Val McDermid spins another masterful thriller, which reveals the dark dreams of her most ingenious-and chillingly believable-villain yet...No evil can resist... Coming to terms over her breakup with criminal profiler Dr. Tony Hill, Chief Inspector Carol Jordan plunges into a risky undercover sting: track down a European drug trafficker and gain his confidence. But she's being tracked as well-by a serial killer whose psychosexual madness is born out of the darkest corners of history.No victim can escape... In quiet isolation, Tony Hill is laying to rest the scars of his past-until he's recruited back into business on a case he can't ignore. An evil is striking uncomfortably close to home, and casting a killer shadow over the life of his long-time colleague and sometimes lover. "The Last Temptation" As the danger closes in, and as Tony and Carol cross paths to navigate the terrain of a shattered human mind, they have no one left to trust but themselves-and fear that there's no place left to run as a killer promises to fulfill his most twisted dreams.

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