The latest in internationally bestselling crime writer Val McDermid's beloved series, Insidious Intent sends Tony Hill and Carol Jordan after a serial killer who targets single women at weddings--and into the teeth of a moral dilemma.
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Shortlisted for the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
Named One of Entertainment Weekly's Best New Books
Insidious Intent, the latest installment in Val McDermid's popular series featuring psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan, reaffirms Val McDermid's place as Britan's reigning Queen of Crime. In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A wedding crasher is luring the women away--only to torch the victims' bodies in their own cars in remote locations, leaving behind no personal clues or forensic traces. It is the first official case for Carol's elite Regional Major Incident Team--and maybe the toughest case she and Tony have ever had to face. It all "comes together in an ending that hits like a bomb blast," The Globe and Mail raved. "Don't miss this one and save it for the day when you want to read straight through."
Praise for Insidious Intent
"Here McDermid is at her finest . . . Insidious Intent is a bold gamble that has the potential to shake long-cherished characters from their emotional complacency and advance the series into uncharted territory."--Los Angeles Times
"One of crime fiction's most eminent writers returns with another intricately plotted thriller."--Entertainment Weekly
"A highlight of novels written by Val McDermid is the tight control she maintains over her complex plots that are enhanced by believable and complicated characters . . . McDermid brings something special to the table as she shows in her latest novel . . . The intense plot moves briskly. McDermid keeps each twist believable . . . The author's expert exploration of the human experience has never been better."--Washington Post
"The finale will shake readers to their core."--Publishers Weekly
"The narcissistic, controlled killer is engaging quarry and McDermid's procedural details are as on point as ever . . . The final twist is both shocking and fitting, a must-read for series fans."--Booklist (starred review)
"Reading one of Val McDermid's novels is like taking a Master Class . . . With the passing of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, McDermid reigns unchallenged as simply the finest crime writer of our age."--Reviewing the Evidence
"The 424 pages just flew by to a very shocking conclusion . . . You mustn't skip this one. When you read it, you'll understand."--Deadly Pleasures
Val McDermid's best-selling novels have won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year and the CWA Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Awards. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award, including for Edgar Nominee for Fact Crime Forensics, which won the Anthony Award for non-fiction. She lives in Scotland.