The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing

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Val McDermid stunned readers andcritics alike with the publication of her brilliant thriller A PLACE OFEXECUTION, which won the Anthony, McCavity, and the Los Angeles Timesawards. Now in THE MERMAIDS SINGING, she continues her trademarkingenuity for suspense, and introduces criminal profiler Tony Hill who has spentyears exploring the psyches of madmen. But now he's become one of the hunted...

This was the summer he discovered what he wanted-at a gruesome museum ofcriminology far off the beaten track of more timid tourists. Visions of tortureinspired his fantasies like a muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield.Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasonedprofessional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he'sencountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's ownpast has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's alsomade him the perfect victim.

A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts his ownhidden demons, he must also come face to face with an evil so profound he maynot have the courage-or the power-to stop it...

ISBN: 9780006392934
0006392938
9780061011757
0061011754

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pozrob
Oct 26, 2017

This is a great taut, cat and mouse psychological thriller. This book is extremely graphic from start to finish. I think the writer could of lightened up a bit in that area, so I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. Not for the squeamish and certainly not for anyone under 18. That cost it a star in the rating. If this were a movie it would get a harsh NC-17 rating.

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reeread
Jan 28, 2017

Disturbing but riveting read. May be too graphic for some.

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toniecat
Jun 22, 2014

I must disagree with the below comments - in regard to "transphobia". We all have dark sides to our makeup; Heterosexuals, gays, lesbians, Christians, Muslims, blacks, whites, browns, poets and plumbers. Serial Killers must come from all walks of life and to include transsexuals is to include them where we all are - equal and human.
All forms of murder are cruel. The use of torture can be simple or complicated, but it's all torture. McDermid's books are edgy, dark, unpredictable and at times, funny. This is simply another of her magical creations.

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tbirch237
Mar 25, 2013

Val McDermid felt a need to add to the fake transsexual psychokiller genre, only her crime is greater being an openly lesbian author. The transphobia is so heinous one doesn't need a murder to make it blood curdling. She creates other killers in subsequent books that are so much more realistic that this book pales in comparison. Skip it and try any other.

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jquickmsw
Jul 04, 2011

Well, I had high hopes, based on all the other four- and five-star reviews, but I honestly think this was trash. I didn't finish it, didn't care "whodunit." Unless you love detailed, highly graphic descriptions of the most horrific kinds of torture mankind (mancruel?) has ever devised, steer clear of this one. While Tony Hill is an interesting character, and MdDermid writes some good ones, this novel has utterly no redeeming social value. If violence can be porn, this is it.

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sgwilym
Jan 05, 2011

First in the series that lead to the Wire in the Blood TV series. Scottish crime. Not at YPRL.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

A killer seduces and tortures sexually confused young men. Their deaths are recorded and are then marketed as interactive home movies.

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