The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing

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Another body has been found. The fourth. Now even the most reluctant members of the Bradfield police department have to admit they have a serial killer on their hands. A sicko. All the victims have been young men, their naked bodies broken and battered. All have been tortured. According to criminologist Dr. Tony Hill, Handy Andy, as he and Detective Inspector Carol Jordan have dubbed the killer, considers the murders sheer perfection, each one meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. Andy is too good to leave clues and too smart to get caught. This killer is searching for something far more insidious than revenge or justice -- he craves a way to showcase his skills. And the skills on display are murder and torture.
ISBN: 9780061011757
0061011754
9780006392934
0006392938

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wongsokguan
Aug 13, 2018

Visually, I found it too scary to finish.

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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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