Title: Fever of the Bone
Author: Val McDermid
Synopsis: When a teenager’s murdered and mutilated body is discovered, it is clear that there is a dangerous psychopath on the loose. But it’s not long before Tony and DCI Carol Jordan realize it’s just the start of a brutal campaign that’s targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Their chameleon-like killer is chatting with them online, pretending to share their interests and beliefs — and then luring them to their deaths…
My Thoughts: This series has been around for a while, but I just found out about it when I heard an interview with the author on BBC Radio 4 shortly before I left on a trip to London. I knew I’d be checking out the bookstores while on vacation, so I made a note of the author’s name and decided to look for one of her books there. I was lucky enough to find a cache of autographed McDermid novels in Hatchards Piccadilly. I chose the one I did because I couldn’t figure out what the first novel in the series was, and the blurb on the back said it was the “perfect introduction for those who have not yet discovered the damaged but brilliant criminal profiler Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan.”
I watched the first season of Wire in the Blood (the TV show based on this series), so I was pretty sure I’d like the book. But a couple pages in, I knew I was going to love it. It was a well-crafted mystery with enough clues to help me kind of figure out the bad guy. The characters were likeable. And all the psychological stuff was fascinating. But the best part was knowing that it’s just one in a series and that there’s more out there to read!
Note: Synopsis taken from the book’s back cover. This is the sixth book I’ve read for Bookalicious Babe’s 100 Book Challenge for 2011.
Next up: PsyCop Stories, by Jordan Castillo Price.