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The Last Temptation
The Last Temptation: A Novel | Val McDermid
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Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, Hill is the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey. Except that Tony, still bearing the scars of past cases, doesn't want to do this anymore. But the killer is about to strike uncomfortably close to home. The next victim is a friend and colleague. And Tony's former partner, Detective Carol Jordan, is directly in the murderer's path, working undercover in a world where human life means less than the smallest drug deal. She needs Tony's help as much as the beleaguered European police officials do. Now the danger is closing in. Confronting the worst of modern crime and struggling to unravel roots that lie deep in the tormented past of Nazi atrocities and Stasi abuses, Tony and Carol are forced to battle for survival against overwhelming odds. In this morass of double-cross and double-dealing, they have no one to trust but each other. Deftly merging the dark terrain of forensic psychology with the brooding, crime-streaked world of post-Cold War Europe, 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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DCI Jordan goes undercover to investigate human trafficking, whilst Dr Hill's case has torture, sexual assault, & death alongside historic atrocities committed by the Nazis. When the slip-up happened, it felt incongruous as I didn't feel that Jordan would make that kind of rookie mistake. For that and the graphic sexual assault at the end, I rate this one 3.5🌟

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Day 4 - #Temptation #NewYearNewYou #ValMcDermid #TonyHillandCarolJordanSeries

I need to get back to this series!

Eggs I‘ve loved many series! Never read this one ☝️; sounds good 3y
EadieB @Eggs It is a good one! 3y
Crazeedi I think I either read or had it to read and didnt, not sure. I know I've read at least 2, enjoyed 3y
Andrew65 I love this series. 3y
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Book 3 in the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan Series, one of my favourite series. This is an important book in the series and experiences for Carrol in this one changed her (understandably), and impacted on decisions she made in future books.
Another #Temptation as book 11 is published later this week, can‘t wait to see how Val built on life changing events for Tony in book 10. Strongly recommend this series. ❤️

squirrelbrain Val McDermid has curated the Harrogate Crimewriting Festival (in my hometown) but I‘ve never read any of her books... another one to add to the list! 3y
gradcat Fantastic book choice here—I loved this series! 3y
gradcat @squirrelbrain That is so cool—I‘m jealous! I read her mostly in the 80s and 90s—she was much more prolific then—but she still puts out a book about every other year or so. The series that @Andrew65 has posted is one of her best, and I have been rewatching the TV adaptations on Acorn (guilty pleasure). I hope you get a chance to read some of her work! ♥️ 3y
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Andrew65 @squirrelbrain Thoroughly recommend the Tony Hill ; Carol Jordan Series. Book 2 is one of my all-tine favourite books. Jacko Vance, some character in that book! @gradcat (edited) 3y
Andrew65 @gradcat Me too. 😍 Looking forward to getting to book 11 when it is published. (edited) 3y
gradcat @Andrew65 Yes, and it just happens to come out here on the same day we‘re supposed to start the second Cara Black! 3y
squirrelbrain I‘ll keep an eye out for the first one in the series @andrew65 @gradcat - I just checked and it‘s not on offer at the moment.... 3y
Cinfhen #SeriesSquadAlert 🚨🚨🚨🚨 @TrishB @EadieB I see @gradcat and @squirrelbrain have already received the memo 😍 3y
TrishB Love this series 👍🏻♥️❤️ 3y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 3y
Andrew65 @squirrelbrain I‘m sure you won‘t regret it when you get hold of a copy. @gradcat 3y
Andrew65 @gradcat Looking forward to both. 3y
gradcat @Andrew65 You guys are killing me #seriessquad ... just how many can we get into?!? 😂 3y
Andrew65 @gradcat I think I‘m currently in over 200 series! 😳😱😂 @Cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen That‘s RIDICULOUS❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️but super impressive 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😍 3y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen If I counted may be even more. 😔 Of course are some I may not return to. (edited) 3y
gradcat @Andrew65 I don‘t know how you keep up...I‘m very bad at record keeping, so I forget where I am in some of them. 3y
Andrew65 @gradcat So do I, a constant battle to keep my record up to date on Librarything. Often playing catch up and forgetting where i‘m up to in series. Book 2 of the Aimee LeDuc Series tomorrow. (edited) 3y
gradcat @Andrew65 I know! I‘m on board & ready to go!! 3y
Crazeedi @Andrew65 @gradcat I'm ready! I've Started reading 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘ve just started! @gradcat @Crazeedi 3y
Crazeedi @EadieB yes! 😍 3y
EadieB @Crazeedi 👍🏻 3y
gradcat @Andrew65 @Crazeedi & @EadieB Me, too—albeit a little late. Did we lose @Tove_Reads ? 3y
Tove_Reads @gradcat I couldn‘t get hold of the book, so I bought it yesterday. I‘ll read it when I‘ll get it. I‘m ready for the third one though 🙂 3y
gradcat @Tove_Reads Ok, great! Thanks for letting me know. ♥️♥️ 3y
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#audioknitting tonight and up to the next section of my shawl - the book is great haven‘t read in over 10 years and loving the reread of the series #knitting

books_from_my_shelves It looks great!😍 5y
Sace Beautiful! 💙 5y
DivineDiana Such skill! 5y
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Michelle_mck @DivineDiana not at all! I‘m learning and it‘s simple 😄 5y
Michelle_mck @myreadingcorner thank you - love the yarn 5y
DivineDiana @Michelle_mck Are you taking a class? 5y
julesG Great project. Are you using self-striping yarn? 5y
monkeygirlsmama Pretty 5y
Michelle_mck @DivineDiana no, my Mum is helping and YouTube 5y
Michelle_mck @julesG no, two colours and carrying the yarn up 5y
kspenmoll Love the color - beautiful knitting! 5y
Lesliereads I‘m loving the look of your shawl - knitting envy💚 5y
DivineDiana Great job! 5y
thisbookends Love it. Halfway done with my first ever shawl. 5y
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After reading about the internet troll that insulted this author last week and her response, I went through every single book in my used bookshop to find every copy we had. Sadly there are only three in my shop. But I vow to read them all now!!! Here's a link to one of the articles I read http://on.mash.to/2bGAzmy

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I love Val McDermid and this series. Having said that, this one isn't totally successful at meshing its two storylines. Still a good read though.