Insidious Intent (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #10)
In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away--only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan are called upon to investigate--but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.Impeccably plotted and intensely gripping, Insidious Intent reaffirms Val McDermid's place as Britain's reigning Queen of Crime.

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #10) Details

TitleInsidious Intent (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #10)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press
ISBN-139780802127167
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #10) Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Returning with another high-intensity novel in the Hill and Jordan series, Val McDermid shows why she has been given so much praise for her mystery writing. When a vehicle is found engulfed in flames along the side of the road, questions mount. It is only when fire crews extinguish the blaze that they discover a charred body, later identified as Kathryn McCormick. Forensic examination discovers that Kathryn was likely strangled before being placed in the vehicle and the fire was used to destroy Returning with another high-intensity novel in the Hill and Jordan series, Val McDermid shows why she has been given so much praise for her mystery writing. When a vehicle is found engulfed in flames along the side of the road, questions mount. It is only when fire crews extinguish the blaze that they discover a charred body, later identified as Kathryn McCormick. Forensic examination discovers that Kathryn was likely strangled before being placed in the vehicle and the fire was used to destroy anything that might help. A call to REMIT (the Regional Major Investigation Team) means that the locals are taking no chances. REMIT is a group that has been pulled together by DCI Carol Jordan, a small and very select group that is sure to leave those peering in from outside highly jealous. However, Jordan is also trying to get her life back together after some less than legal maneuvers kept her out of jail, but also allowed some other offenders to slip through the cracks. When Jordan and the team seek to tease out some information about the killer, they discover all forensics at the scene have been destroyed by water and there are very few leads. However, refusing to lay down and give up, Jordan pushes to use CCTV footage and the like to find this killer. When another body is discovered in a vehicle, the team is thankful that the blaze was left to burn itself out, turning the scene into a forensic jackpot. The more REMIT can find, the better the killer’s profile, which is where Tony Hill finds his expertise useful. Hill is able to extrapolate and soon discovers that there may be a wedding crasher killer, preying on vulnerable women. Away from the action, DS Paula McIntyre has come to see that her ‘adopted’ son, Torin, is beginning to exhibit highly confusing behaviour. Not sure if this is tied to his mother’s recent death, DS McIntyre uses Tony Hill’s expertise to crack things open, only to discover another disturbing set of circumstances. With a killer on the loose and scores of weddings all over the place, REMIT cannot be sure of where to turn next, or what might be fuelling these murders. DCI Jordan had best regain her focus, or step aside, as all eyes are watching, some ready to pounce on REMIT failure. A wonderfully plotted piece that seeks to stir up emotion in the reader throughout the experience. McDermid and series fans will bask in the strength of this piece, which is sure to garner new fans, though I recommend they start at the beginning of this impactful collection.McDermid never falters when she sits down and dedicates herself to a series. The Hill-Jordan collection is full of great aspects of crime, character growth, and personal struggles, which leaves the reader fully committed, but always wanting a little more. Carol Jordan receives a great deal of the focus in this novel, tackling some of her guilt related to having her drunk driving charge swept under the rug, but also having to come to terms with the pressure of REMIT and that many want it to die a painful death. McDermid allows this thread to float around through the narrative, including an angle of journalistic integrity when someone gets ahold of the previously buried information. While she and Hill remain committed to not committing, Tony is able to remain on the periphery and do what he does best, climb into the minds of killers and those who need a psychological analysis. The banter between these two and the other strong, secondary characters permits McDermid to forge ahead with a strong crime thriller. The story itself has some interesting aspects, as the reader is given full view of the killer and their attempts to lure vulnerable women at weddings. Building up their confidence and preparing the foundation for a wonderful relationship before killing them, symbolic of a larger issue at hand. McDermid weaves the story around the killer and REMIT, creating a wonderful cat and mouse game, but not turning it into anything too laborious. Peppering the narrative with that secondary criminal situation, involving Torin, keeps the reader on their toes and sharp-minded throughout. The delivery is strong and, as I have always come to find with McDermid, leaves little time to rest. There is always something going on and the reader cannot tune out for a chapter or three, for fear of missing essential information. Without getting specific, the ending leaves fans begging for another instalment, as loose threads dangle. This series has it all, without dragging things out for 500+ pages, just to get to the end.Kudos, Madam McDermid, for all your hard work. I find that a few of your series with which I have familiarised myself remain strong and full of forensic spark. Keep it up and your fan base will grow exponentially. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I'll write a proper review at some point, but man, I'm baffled by the 5* reviews this book is getting. It rolls along well for the most part - a regular installment in the ongoing adventures of Carol and Tony, with a decently meaty side part for Paula. And then the whole thing swerves off track at breakneck speed, becomes entirely ludicrous, and kills the series entirely. If you consider yourself a fan of the Carol and Tony series, you'll probably be a happier person if you don't read this book.
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  • Marnie Krüger
    January 1, 1970
    20Nov 2017I fell in love with Tony and Carol form the very first book. I loved the dynamic McDermid build into these characters. McDermid writes all her books so it can be read as stand-alone novels, but I honestly feel that if you weren't with Carol and Tony form the start, you wouldn't appreciate this turn of events as much.There isn't much more I can say that might not spoil previous books. Because this book kind of ties everything together. I can't wait for a new edition to this series!15N 20Nov 2017I fell in love with Tony and Carol form the very first book. I loved the dynamic McDermid build into these characters. McDermid writes all her books so it can be read as stand-alone novels, but I honestly feel that if you weren't with Carol and Tony form the start, you wouldn't appreciate this turn of events as much.There isn't much more I can say that might not spoil previous books. Because this book kind of ties everything together. I can't wait for a new edition to this series!15Nov 2017I'm thinking how to say what needs to be said about this one!
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  • Rachel Hall
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAfter the storming return of DCI Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Hill, in the sensational Splinter the Silence which set about establishing a Regional Murder Investigation Team, despite a successful apprehension, Val McDermid left readers floundering with a heck of a lot of balls up in the air. The long awaited result is Insidious Intent and McDermid has nailed the title for another slick and satisfying instalment which craftily gets under readers skins. Before you know 3.5 starsAfter the storming return of DCI Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist, Dr Tony Hill, in the sensational Splinter the Silence which set about establishing a Regional Murder Investigation Team, despite a successful apprehension, Val McDermid left readers floundering with a heck of a lot of balls up in the air. The long awaited result is Insidious Intent and McDermid has nailed the title for another slick and satisfying instalment which craftily gets under readers skins. Before you know it you’ve surreptitiously careened through the lion’s share of the novel and are into a very tense home stretch. Quality is never an issue with McDermid, an author who is equally adept at understanding a characters motivations as making complex forensic angles accessible to a layman. Her prose delivers more snap, crackle and decidedly more pop than average authors, even on a bad day, and her returning characters have earned a place in readers hearts. But Val McDermid can turn out a decent police procedural in her sleep and readers tend to expect something more from her novels. My disappointment with Insidious Intent is that McDermid doesn’t give her readers anymore than is required and in many ways, this tenth instalment does not make any significant progress from the territory covered in the ninth.In Splinter the Silence the route to establishing a Regional Murder Investigation Team (ReMIT) was fraught with tensions, from the detractors taking potshots at DCI Carol Jordan and her handpicked team of the “best of the best”. Those passed over for selection and the regional forces losing out on the cases that define careers are none too keen to make things any easier for the crack team, in fact the vast majority would love to see DCI Jordan fall flat on her face. Opponents, mud slingers and the gutter press all stand in the way in Insidious Intent and it irks somewhat as this was McDermid’s very angle in Splinter the Silence and it gets tiresome seeing the team continually failing to convince each other that they can withstand the heat, and Dr Tony Hill engaged in a concerted effort to buoy Carol’s failing spirits without the crutch of alcohol. ReMIT do not do things by the book; they are unorthodox and hence open to criticism, but pitted against the cream of the villainous crop of predators it never seemed likely that their job would be plain sailing. The discovery of a burning car reported in a lay-by at a remote location complete with a female passenger in the front seat might not be expected to fall under the auspices of ReMIT, but when it is discovered that the victim was already dead prior to the fire starting it becomes a very different matter. What remains of an incinerated corpse is eventually identified as Kathryn McCormick, a dull as they come office manager who is fondly remembered even by those she has sacked. Eventual inroads are made when the team realise she has fallen prey to a man who appears to be a wedding crasher, not an invited guest, and swiftly fallen for his patter and easy charm. With a fake first name and burner phone number, the basic checks fail to uncover anything of significance and with forensics a non-starter due to the water and foam of the fire brigade, the team can do little more than watch and wait.. A similar incident happens just three weeks later, again with the victim having met an unidentified wedding crasher, but it becomes clear that the team are up against a perpetrator who has trawled the internet and done a fine job in covering his tracks. As the team feel powerless and DCI Carol Jordan allows the guilt of more deaths to eat away at her conscience, the tension and angst within the office is palpable. However, with more murders and repeat incidents, Dr Tony Hill is joining the dots and pinning down the motivation behind a shrewd predator out for evil revenge.McDermid ticks all the boxes, her narrative is punchy with a clever line in dark humour, her longstanding characters feel like friends, but Insidious Intent never gets above first gear. A few moments of great forensic details whet the appetite (burning corpses in cars with sunroofs) and some clever (albeit, appearing randomly plucked) insights from the brilliant and newly resplendent purple anorak wearer, Dr Tony Hill, offer possibilities. Eventually the team close in on the theory of the victims as a representation (surrogate or cipher) of the real person that the killer wants to wreak his revenge on, the team starts to spot patterns. Despite my affection for the ‘human computer’ that is DC Stacey Chen, I think McDermid relies too heavily on her dark arts and back door entry to others systems, especially when at one point she professes to loathe those who abuse online systems. Likewise, for all their commitments to delivering justice, it cannot be ignored that this is a team who break more rules than they obey! New boy, DC Karim Hussain, is ludicrously green and brings nothing to the party, except for asking irritating questions which allow McDermid to give her new readers a swift rejoinder in police procedural basics. Sadly, DCI Carol Jordan also seemed below par and much of the leg work seemed to pass over her head. Without a doubt, apart from Tony, the female personalities within ReMIT are eminently more interesting and well explored than their male counterparts, from DS Paula McIntyre attempting to head off a sexting scandal of her and partner, Elinor’s, fourteen-year-old ward, Torin McAndrew and DC Stacey Chen playing fast and loose with her ex boyfriends digital footprint. McDermid’s humour is never lacking and Stacey’s improvisation and star turn as DC Xing Ming of the Anti Terrorism Unit proves inspired.As the clock ticks down on Carol Jordan’s career and with the bulk of the evidence largely circumstantial, well, hold onto your hats for the finale!The ending, which I did start to anticipate inside the last fifty-pages at the very least mixes things up and gives McDermid a fresh challenge, but sadly it left me unconvinced. However, if there is anyone who can deliver such a sensational shock and pull it off, it is definitely Val McDermid. A different direction, a new challenge, and as much as I love Paula, Stacey and Tony, Carol needs to man up and prove her skills beyond doubt in the next instalment. Prepare for battle as DCI Carol Jordan and her ReMIT bandwagon rolls on. In summary, Insidious Intent, is another assured police procedural and it is hard to pick holes in a case that sees the team engaged in a first major inquiry and pitted against such a forensically aware and well prepared perpetrator, but this novel doesn’t bring anything new to the arena. DCI Carol Jordan wallows and her team largely plough on devoid of her inspiration and impetus, but I was disappointed with the extraordinary denouement. Having said all that I will still be at the door queuing for a follow-up! Val McDermid is never less than gloriously readable, inventive and remarkably witty, and Insidious Intent is a highly satisfying read.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    It’s that time of year again when there’s a new Val McDermid book out in the world and last Thursday saw me actually rousing myself from my book cave and heading down to my local independent bookshop, where I waited impatiently for them to open so I could lay my hands on a copy. Which I did. Then I read it almost immediately because well, its Val McDermid. Even more than that it features Carol Jordan and Tony Hill – two characters that are so real to me now that I wouldn’t be at all surprised to It’s that time of year again when there’s a new Val McDermid book out in the world and last Thursday saw me actually rousing myself from my book cave and heading down to my local independent bookshop, where I waited impatiently for them to open so I could lay my hands on a copy. Which I did. Then I read it almost immediately because well, its Val McDermid. Even more than that it features Carol Jordan and Tony Hill – two characters that are so real to me now that I wouldn’t be at all surprised to turn on BBC News one day and actually see Carol Jordan giving an interview about her latest collar.Before I talk Insidious Intent, I’m fairly sure there can’t be THAT many lovers of crime fiction out there that have not at least dipped into this series – but just in case I catch one of you reading this may I highly recommend that you read in order and take a few weeks off work. For me, absolutely one of the best series out there, even though we are now on book 10 each one offers something new, be it in the horrifying realities of the dark depths of human nature, a particular personal crisis for one of our beloved characters, a freshly observed moral dilemma or twist on a mystery that is inordinately difficult to predict.So Insidious Intent then finds Carol, Tony and the rest with their first case for the newly formed Remit – a major incident team headed by Carol and featuring her hand picked people. New characters and old friends form the unit, but they soon realise that having the spotlight on them, especially when faced with a difficult case and an intelligent killer, can bring its own pitfalls. Not everyone wants them to succeed – indeed in the aftermath of events from previous novels a fair few would like to see them fall flat on their asses – with Carol still facing down her demons and Tony struggling to continue to prop her up, the scene is set for a right page turner. And a right page turner it was.Mixing things up with her indomitably twisted (in a creative way obviously) spirit, Val McDermid gives us less of a “whodunnit” and more of a “How the hell are they going to catch him” – we get snippets of the killer’s planning and motivation and from there see how our team are doing.We also have Paula and a parenting problem, my very favourite character outside of Carol and Tony (that would be Stacy Chen) doing lots of fascinating technical stuff and a sharp learning curve for the relationship between our main pair.One thing I love about this series is the truly authentic sense that is brought to the procedural elements. It is never one thing that solves the case but more a myriad of things and often pure chance – in Insidious Intent it is going to take the talent of every single investigator to get them even within miles. So the story plays out, whilst at the heart of it a moral dilemma for our dynamic duo, in conjunction with a killer of a character (literally and figuratively), builds and builds to a crescendo of a resolution, one that had me genuinely with several paper cuts as I flung page after page over to find out if they would get him. Will they? Well you know what you have to do….It is the personal touch that makes these books work so well – you feel like you are reading about real people, over the years Val McDermid has created a family. They are the readers family as much as they are hers and each others – therefore now, and for a few books before it at least, you feel every jolt, you devour every heart stopping moment, you live and die with what is happening now in the chapter you are reading. It is clever, involving, brilliantly emotional writing that also encompasses a lot of thought provoking real life issues – in Insidious Intent yes, but also in every novel written, even those not featuring Carol and Tony – so you are entertained, challenged in your thinking and ultimately hugely satisfied if not a little wrung out. Definitely a little wrung out.Insidious Intent well, it is just all the brilliant. All the brilliant. I don’t think there’s anything else I can say.Well, except I’m never eating a sourdough loaf again without taking huge precautionary measures…What? Well you know what you need to do…Pure Class.Highly Recommended.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    After a massive wait, we finally have a new Hill and Jordan story. Thank you, Val McDermid! Insidious Intent is the tenth in this northern crime series, following on from Splinter The Silence (2015).This is not a series, you can just randomly pick up. We see real character and long term plot development. You learn to love them. Carol Jordan has been through the mill. She turned to drink to cope with the Job and with life. She lost her brother and sister in law to a killer. Her borderline will th After a massive wait, we finally have a new Hill and Jordan story. Thank you, Val McDermid! Insidious Intent is the tenth in this northern crime series, following on from Splinter The Silence (2015).This is not a series, you can just randomly pick up. We see real character and long term plot development. You learn to love them. Carol Jordan has been through the mill. She turned to drink to cope with the Job and with life. She lost her brother and sister in law to a killer. Her borderline will they won't they relationship with Hill has brought her back from the brink. Thankfully McDermid returns Carol back into the policing fold, with her lovely set of close work colleagues. Yes we have them all back; Stacey and Paula included. Tony Hill, profiler and much mixed up bloke, is now living with Carol. Hill is happily sharing the same space as Carol and taking care of her. This is a relationship, of a sort. Without the exchange of bodily fluids.Carol is back in charge running ReMIT, a regional Major Incident Team. The body of a woman is found in a burnt out car, in the middle of no-where Yorkshire. This is the first case for Carol's new squad. They look into the death of Kathryn McCormick. There are few clues, apart from the fact that Kathryn was murdered. It seems impossible. How did Kathryn, a very average office manager, fall into the clutches of a forensically aware killer? It is only when a Leeds woman is discovered in similar circumstances that things start to move on the case.Insidious Intent reminded me a little of Love You Dead (2016) by Peter James. Both do a great deal for the wedding and marriage industry. Anyway that was my first thought. McDermid's killer is one who is seeking revenge, by proxy. He cannot trace the woman he really wants to kill. This has left him furious, with deadly intent. I rather like him. He is clever. He is confident.This case is one of those that you know the real police probably have all the time. The seemingly impossible one. Luck is not on their side. They just need a break. The killer needs to make one mistake. One tiny error to put him into the path of Carol, Tony and the gang. As a reader, you are on tenterhooks waiting for this to happen... Insidious Intent was truly excellent. Val McDermid never disappoints. Recommended.
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  • Stimpy Price
    January 1, 1970
    Sorry to give this just one star as I've always loved this series mainly due to the fascinating & complicated character of Tony Hill. Use to like Carol too but as the books have gone on she's becoming very unlikable. Where in previous books I'd keenly follow tony & carol's relationship, I now hope Tony has the sense to escape this self centred woman full of self importance & pity. Looks unlikely though. The story in itself was rather weak, carol is almost unbearable & Tony, the m Sorry to give this just one star as I've always loved this series mainly due to the fascinating & complicated character of Tony Hill. Use to like Carol too but as the books have gone on she's becoming very unlikable. Where in previous books I'd keenly follow tony & carol's relationship, I now hope Tony has the sense to escape this self centred woman full of self importance & pity. Looks unlikely though. The story in itself was rather weak, carol is almost unbearable & Tony, the most interesting & fascinating of all becomes a rather pathetic sad figure. We don't see much of his brilliant mind here. He deserves much better! Such a shame because had the characters stayed more as they were at the beginning of this series they would have been great. I loved their cleverness & chemistry as they solved complicated & complex murders. The joy was watching how two clever sparky characters bounce off each other, now they are both just two stupid, self destructive individuals instead. They've been reduced to two total wrecks & the serial killer part of the book seemed rather like a shoehorned in afterthought. Hoping if they return it's a return to form. Would still read the next in the series if there is one as everyone's allowed a dud book every now & then.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Carol Jordan, what the fuck is wrong with you?! You make me want to scream! (Calm down, Brenda, you know this is totally typical of her. Yeah, but still, what the fuck is wrong with her?!)Tony Hill, what the fuck is wrong with you?! You make me want to scream! (Calm down, Brenda, you know this is totally typical of him. Yeah, but still, what the fuck is wrong with him?!)Val McDermid, I’m honoring your request, but what the fuck have you done?!The criminal investigation into the Wedding Killer is Carol Jordan, what the fuck is wrong with you?! You make me want to scream! (Calm down, Brenda, you know this is totally typical of her. Yeah, but still, what the fuck is wrong with her?!)Tony Hill, what the fuck is wrong with you?! You make me want to scream! (Calm down, Brenda, you know this is totally typical of him. Yeah, but still, what the fuck is wrong with him?!)Val McDermid, I’m honoring your request, but what the fuck have you done?!The criminal investigation into the Wedding Killer is stalled, and that made for some slightly boring reading. ReMIT and its members are on the brink of disaster thanks to pesky journalist, Penny Burgess. It was Paula and Kevin who kept the book interesting. Val McDermid’s “insidious intent” in this book will have far-reaching repercussions, and I cannot wait to read the next installment.
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  • Le_na
    January 1, 1970
    Spoiler alert!This book is a huge disappointment to me. Mind you, I used to be Val McDermid's fan, fascinated by profiling. What bothers me most – what was the purpose of this book? Is an author compelled to finish off a series with yet another book? Can she/he just stop with the latest book to date?Unlike previous nine books – this is a boring melodrama with a very boring serial killer and even more boring investigation. I made myself read it to the very end and what an end it is. I can think o Spoiler alert!This book is a huge disappointment to me. Mind you, I used to be Val McDermid's fan, fascinated by profiling. What bothers me most – what was the purpose of this book? Is an author compelled to finish off a series with yet another book? Can she/he just stop with the latest book to date?Unlike previous nine books – this is a boring melodrama with a very boring serial killer and even more boring investigation. I made myself read it to the very end and what an end it is. I can think of two authors who mastered similar endings, where I felt emotional, thrilled and moved – Agatha Christie’s The Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case and the third season of Forbrydelsen. Here – I only had an enormous sense of incredulity for this unjustified act.Total waste of money and time for me.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Tony Hill, Psychologist, and Carol Jordan, DCI of the newly formed Major Incident Team, return in this British crime series. The duo is hunting the Wedding Killer, a man who crashes a wedding, picks out a single woman, wines her, dines her, and then murders her. He's up to 3 victims and the team still have no clues, no motive, no identity of this killer. Jordan's job is on the line and she's worried.While an excellent addition to the series, this one is more character driven. Still suspenseful, Tony Hill, Psychologist, and Carol Jordan, DCI of the newly formed Major Incident Team, return in this British crime series. The duo is hunting the Wedding Killer, a man who crashes a wedding, picks out a single woman, wines her, dines her, and then murders her. He's up to 3 victims and the team still have no clues, no motive, no identity of this killer. Jordan's job is on the line and she's worried.While an excellent addition to the series, this one is more character driven. Still suspenseful, it doesn't have the OOMPH that her earlier books in this series has. On the plus side, the relationship between Tony and Carol reaches new heights. Learning more about the personal lives of the team members is very rewarding.There are some twists and turns along the way, and a hugely surprising ending. Here's hoping we see more of them soon.Many thanks to the author / Atlantic Monthly Press / Edelweiss for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsDCI Carol Jordan is back as head of newly formed Regional Major Incident Team (ReMIT) stationed in Bradford. Her hand picked crew is composed of familiar returning characters & they’re about to be tested by a clever killer bent on revenge. Dubbed ‘the Wedding Killer”, his meticulous planning leaves few scraps for the team & as the investigation drags on the fate of ReMIT hangs in the balance. But that’s not all Carol has to worry about. In the last book, she was caught drunk dri 3.5 starsDCI Carol Jordan is back as head of newly formed Regional Major Incident Team (ReMIT) stationed in Bradford. Her hand picked crew is composed of familiar returning characters & they’re about to be tested by a clever killer bent on revenge. Dubbed ‘the Wedding Killer”, his meticulous planning leaves few scraps for the team & as the investigation drags on the fate of ReMIT hangs in the balance. But that’s not all Carol has to worry about. In the last book, she was caught drunk driving & lets just say a few strings were pulled to make it go away. Now a fatal car crash has put the incident back in the spotlight & if a local reporter gets her way, the resulting scandal will mean the end of Carol’s career. Carol’s already a little testy from going cold turkey & her mood doesn’t improve as the killer continues to prey on single women. In alternate chapters we follow him as he sets his traps while the members of ReMIT stumble down one dead end after another. With the investigation stalled, the story switches gears & becomes more personal as several of the characters deal with problems in their private lives. I’ve read these book since the beginning & it’s my favourite series from this author. But I have to confess I found this one lacking the usual crackling tension. It’s difficult to explain without blurting out spoilers. The investigative/criminal aspect is well plotted & stars a suitably twisted bad guy. But it almost takes a back seat to the main characters’ personal struggles & is used as a plot device to further Carol & Tony’s storyline. Also, the team seems to have no problem side stepping rules & legalities as they investigate. I know this is fiction but it’s hard to believe they’d get away with some of their actions.That being said, this is a pivotal book in the series. It’s no exaggeration to say the lives of the ReMIT crew are permanently altered by the surprise ending & those changes will bring a fresh look to the next instalment. So perhaps that was the author’s intent. Two things I know for sure: I’ll be in line for book #11 to see what happens next & I’ll never look at a bag of chips in the same way.
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  • Karen Croan
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is what is called 'Jumping the Shark' in America (after the famous Happy Days episode where they went one idea too far). I suspect the author has become bored with her characters, & given Carol's regression over the last 2 or 3 books, I'm not surprised. It is however, particularly disappointing that a female writer would turn a good strong female character into such a bore.
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  • Gisela Hafezparast
    January 1, 1970
    Great shame. Another example that it is not a good idea to restart a once great detective team. Hill and Jordan's believable story was told probably 2 books ago and in this last one the story line of hill and Jordan was totally unbelievable. Great shame as the crime could have been explored much better with some of the string "minor" detectives if the team. No need to resurrect especially jordan in my humble opinion. Can't believe that the main reason was simple higher sales through world known Great shame. Another example that it is not a good idea to restart a once great detective team. Hill and Jordan's believable story was told probably 2 books ago and in this last one the story line of hill and Jordan was totally unbelievable. Great shame as the crime could have been explored much better with some of the string "minor" detectives if the team. No need to resurrect especially jordan in my humble opinion. Can't believe that the main reason was simple higher sales through world known names.
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Can't believe all the 5 star reviews for this latest instalment in the Hill/Jordan series. It plods along for the most part and when it does get going near the end is totally unbelievable. I've found Ms McDermid's work very variable in quality but this series has always delivered until now. Ms McDermid actually adds a postscript at the end begging readers not to give away the shock ending but what is supposedly an OMG moment was, for me, more of a WTF.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little disappointed with this latest book, the tenth in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. As always the characterisation is well done but I think this time it may have been at the expense of the plot. That's not to say that it was not a good read, and I powered through it, as it is still a compulsive page turner. But I felt, overall, Insidious Intent was a little contrived.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Dark, meticulous, and menacing!Insidious Intent is a riveting tale that immerses you into the evidence collection and investigation into the kidnapping and violent homicide of several lonely, vulnerable women and the hunt for a serial killer with a penchant for fire.The prose is sophisticated and crisp. The characterization is spot on with all the usual gang back including the resilient, determined Carol Jordan whose greatest struggles involve her own guilt, secrets, demons, and addictions. And Dark, meticulous, and menacing!Insidious Intent is a riveting tale that immerses you into the evidence collection and investigation into the kidnapping and violent homicide of several lonely, vulnerable women and the hunt for a serial killer with a penchant for fire.The prose is sophisticated and crisp. The characterization is spot on with all the usual gang back including the resilient, determined Carol Jordan whose greatest struggles involve her own guilt, secrets, demons, and addictions. And the plot is a skillfully crafted mix of twists, turns, murder, police corruption, manipulation, obsession, and deception.Overall, Insidious Intent is nicely paced and has exceptional depth in both the storyline and character development. And even though this is the tenth book in the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series, McDermid has written such an intriguing, entertaining tale that new fans will be quickly adding the previous novels in the series to their TBR and long-standing fans will be satisfied, surprised, and eager for book #11.Thank you to PGC Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com
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  • Kaya Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    Ревю => http://justonebooklover.blogspot.bg/2...~ ~ ~От доста време не бях чела психологически трилър. И то добър такъв. А "Потайни замисли" от Вал Макдърмид се оказа истинско попадение! Тази заплетена криминална история, в която убиецът бе известен за читателя от самото начало, но не и за разследващите го, бе написана по дотолкова завладяващ начин, че успя да ме задържи будна до късните часове на нощта.
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  • Marina
    January 1, 1970
    Val McDermid is a fabulous writer, one of ‘Scotland’s national treasures’ and has even appeared on one of my favourite TV shows (Pointless). For the most part, I was gripped by this police procedural. McDermid excels at the minutiae of life – the interiors of the victims’ flats, the hairstyles of the witnesses, the details of social media. Her cast of characters reflect the diversity of British society and I applaud this enough to ignore the occasional slight quotaishness. Her crimefighters are Val McDermid is a fabulous writer, one of ‘Scotland’s national treasures’ and has even appeared on one of my favourite TV shows (Pointless). For the most part, I was gripped by this police procedural. McDermid excels at the minutiae of life – the interiors of the victims’ flats, the hairstyles of the witnesses, the details of social media. Her cast of characters reflect the diversity of British society and I applaud this enough to ignore the occasional slight quotaishness. Her crimefighters are a team of unprofessional professionals who break rules for no apparent reason and can’t separate the personal from the professional. And it was these crimefighters who brought the book down in my estimation. I rarely read series of crime books. I can’t be bothered to keep up with the detectives’ lives, which are generally much less interesting than the crime plot. I don’t like the harking back to the characters’ past glories and sorrows and this, for me , slowed down the beginning of the book. I have read books about Carol and Tony before, but I don’t remember much about them and , in Insidious Intent, I found Carol quite bland and rather irritating. So, the ending may be a stunner to those who love Carol and Tony. But unfortunately it had me exclaiming ‘what a load of rubbish!’ Which is a shame, as I do like Val McDermid. I think I’ll stick to her stand-alones.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    The first I've ever read in the series, which is probably a bad place to start. Very enjoyable characters, intriguing plot, and great flowing writing style. You can see why people have fallen in love with the duo of Hill and Jordan. I think the only thing keeping it from 5 is purely some of the back story not making much sense. The main story itself was easy to follow, but the side plots as well the character relationships and past plotlines seemed to make the novel an entire set piece. Would de The first I've ever read in the series, which is probably a bad place to start. Very enjoyable characters, intriguing plot, and great flowing writing style. You can see why people have fallen in love with the duo of Hill and Jordan. I think the only thing keeping it from 5 is purely some of the back story not making much sense. The main story itself was easy to follow, but the side plots as well the character relationships and past plotlines seemed to make the novel an entire set piece. Would definitely recommend this book, but prior reading of earlier novels would probably make it more enjoyable.
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  • Kate Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, I didn't read this to the very end. Not once did I feel interested enough to proceed to the next chapter but, being a free advanced reading copy, I thought I should continue reading to give it a fair review. To be fair to the author, this is the first novel I've read of Val McDermid's, and the tenth in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. This means that I've come in very late and have skipped all possible backstory.I found it to be overly-commercial, reflective of every cliche dete Unfortunately, I didn't read this to the very end. Not once did I feel interested enough to proceed to the next chapter but, being a free advanced reading copy, I thought I should continue reading to give it a fair review. To be fair to the author, this is the first novel I've read of Val McDermid's, and the tenth in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. This means that I've come in very late and have skipped all possible backstory.I found it to be overly-commercial, reflective of every cliche detective tv series out there, and hard to believe in parts (i.e. When the victim's parents are told of their daughter's death). Because of this, I made it just short of the halfway mark.I can see the appeal, and it is an easy-read in a way, if the initial interest is there. And as I said, my review has an element of unfair judgement due to coming in at a late stage of the series and not reading the entire book.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This was 4.5 but dragged a bit at different points. Tony and Carol are in pursuit of a serial killer who picks up women at weddings. He is very careful not to leave a trace of anything. Carol is still struggling after her last case, and drinking. Tony sticks close to save her from herself. Carol also has a border collie named Flash who is devoted as only a dog can be, and protective as this breed is known to be. Carol has come back after resigning to head up a new unit, and is under more scrutin This was 4.5 but dragged a bit at different points. Tony and Carol are in pursuit of a serial killer who picks up women at weddings. He is very careful not to leave a trace of anything. Carol is still struggling after her last case, and drinking. Tony sticks close to save her from herself. Carol also has a border collie named Flash who is devoted as only a dog can be, and protective as this breed is known to be. Carol has come back after resigning to head up a new unit, and is under more scrutiny than ever. And at the request of the author, absolutely no spoilers from this reviewer.
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  • Wendy Greenberg
    January 1, 1970
    With this latest instalment of Tony & Carol, I have put aside all my previous reservations about bringing detectives out of retirement. Clever, pacey, riveting...was unconvinced by the ending, which knocked a star off
  • David Highton
    January 1, 1970
    The latest Hill and Jordan story finds Jordan's unit under pressure for success in their first big case while Hill supports her in her fight against alcoholism. A murder of a woman whose body is found in a burnt out car in a layby in the Yorkshire Dales sets off a complex case with very few clues, ending with a major twist at the end.
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  • Bruce Hatton
    January 1, 1970
    Like the other novels in this near-iconic series, this is a fast-paced police procedural written in Val McDermid's distinctive no-nonsense style.Tony, Carol and the rest of the Regional Murder Enquiry Team are charged with catching a serial killer who finds his female victims at wedding receptions and, a week or so later, disposes of their dead bodies in burning cars at remote lay-bys in the Yorkshire Dales.This is no conventional whodunnit, as we discover the identity of the killer about two-th Like the other novels in this near-iconic series, this is a fast-paced police procedural written in Val McDermid's distinctive no-nonsense style.Tony, Carol and the rest of the Regional Murder Enquiry Team are charged with catching a serial killer who finds his female victims at wedding receptions and, a week or so later, disposes of their dead bodies in burning cars at remote lay-bys in the Yorkshire Dales.This is no conventional whodunnit, as we discover the identity of the killer about two-thirds way through the book. However, if anything, the pace hots up even more from this point and there is a truly shocking and totally unexpected ending.
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  • Mainlinebooker
    January 1, 1970
    Let me get this off my chest. Firstly, I usually love everything that Val McDermid writes. She has a way of writing character's motivations that are psychologically sound and accessible to all. However, in this novel I felt she came up short. It was a delight to read but that is all. Until the bitter end, I ho hummed along, happy with my read but not enthralled. I wanted the tense situations to throw me for a loop, to conquer my inner angst and propel me to turn the pages. Unfortunately this was Let me get this off my chest. Firstly, I usually love everything that Val McDermid writes. She has a way of writing character's motivations that are psychologically sound and accessible to all. However, in this novel I felt she came up short. It was a delight to read but that is all. Until the bitter end, I ho hummed along, happy with my read but not enthralled. I wanted the tense situations to throw me for a loop, to conquer my inner angst and propel me to turn the pages. Unfortunately this was not the case. However, she has produced a very solid read and fans of hers will enjoy this. Two narratives are intertwined ; DCI Carol Jordan 's drinking issues and a newly developed plot concerning a man who preys on susceptible women at weddings only to kill them and set their cars on fire. Dr.Tony Hill, "resident psychologist" has his usual field day trying to determine who is the mastermind behind this devious plot while also helping Carol with the demons that have been plaguing her mental state. So, a satisfying read but with minor hiccups.
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  • FIONA Norris
    January 1, 1970
    Val McDermid has asked her readers not to review this book in detail, so as not to spoil the ending for the many Tony Hill/Carol Jordan fans out there, so I'll keep this short. Since I have read all nine of the previous novels in this series, I think that it would be safe to say that I am invested in these characters; however, I was a bit disappointed with this addition. It's not that it's a tedious read - I did enjoy it; but it lacked the narrative drive of the previous novels, and if this had Val McDermid has asked her readers not to review this book in detail, so as not to spoil the ending for the many Tony Hill/Carol Jordan fans out there, so I'll keep this short. Since I have read all nine of the previous novels in this series, I think that it would be safe to say that I am invested in these characters; however, I was a bit disappointed with this addition. It's not that it's a tedious read - I did enjoy it; but it lacked the narrative drive of the previous novels, and if this had been the first McDermid I read, I'm not sure that I would have been rushing to read another. If you have not read any of the Tony Hill/ Carol Jordan novels, my advice would be not to start with this one, but to go back to the first novel, 'The Mermaids Singing' and read forwards.
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    I rejoined Tony Hill and Carol Jordan two years ago, when a no-longer-working Carol became embroiled in a drink driving conviction and was manipulated into returning to work as a result. Strings were pulled to get the charges dismissed and that action (not Carol’s doing) comes back to bite her and her colleagues on the butt this time around. We quickly learn the cases in question in this outing are the result of a man intent on punishing someone though he seemingly decides to take a few practice I rejoined Tony Hill and Carol Jordan two years ago, when a no-longer-working Carol became embroiled in a drink driving conviction and was manipulated into returning to work as a result. Strings were pulled to get the charges dismissed and that action (not Carol’s doing) comes back to bite her and her colleagues on the butt this time around. We quickly learn the cases in question in this outing are the result of a man intent on punishing someone though he seemingly decides to take a few practice runs before getting to his actual target. Sadly, though his kills aren’t as fulfilling as he’d hoped, they’re enough to whet his appetite and become the first case of the new Regional Major Incident Team (ReMIT) headed up by Carol.Obviously she’s joined by Tony who continues to provide his quirky though insightful psychological expertise, as well as stalwart Paula (whose private life is given a bit of added texture though her new foster / adopted teenager Torin), a mix of old and new faces and IT guru Stacey, who I enjoyed meeting in the last outing when she joined the police.This is one of those books in which we know who the killer is from the get-go. We understand his motivation, so in cases like this there’s usually a cat and mouse scenario on the agenda, culminating in the team swanning in and saving the final victim or one of the team being threatened and saving themselves.But not here.And I loved that McDermid doesn’t pfaff around with the predictable plot structure. The team is seriously stumped and they’re facing the threat of losing the case and perhaps losing face in their first case, when they get their unexpected break. I was taken-aback…. there was something different about the way this case was playing out.Then things get even more surprising…. and regular readers will be shocked at the direction McDermid takes the team. And us.I mentioned in my review of Splinter the Silence that this series felt as if it had been given a new lease on life. It certainly remains the case here and the ending…. well the ending sets us up for something completely different.Read the full review on my site: https://www.debbish.com/books-literat...
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Reader,I've been a fan of this writer for more than twenty years and,as such,consider the characters of Carol Jordan and Tony Hill as friends!! I kid you not! Reading of their trials and tribulations,I've seen them through the dark depressing days,when clues frustratingly didn't add up and red herringed evidence lead nowhere. So it was with much expectation and heartfelt delight that I bought this book,to once again,revisit them and discover if time had been a friend or foe. Carol,now the h Dear Reader,I've been a fan of this writer for more than twenty years and,as such,consider the characters of Carol Jordan and Tony Hill as friends!! I kid you not! Reading of their trials and tribulations,I've seen them through the dark depressing days,when clues frustratingly didn't add up and red herringed evidence lead nowhere. So it was with much expectation and heartfelt delight that I bought this book,to once again,revisit them and discover if time had been a friend or foe. Carol,now the head of the new REMIT, quickly grows despondent when her team's first case proves practically unsolvable.A forensically aware man is killing defenceless women,setting their cars alight, thereby leaving a dearth of evidence. Plagued by rumours of a past indiscretion, Carol decides upon an action with far reaching consequences for both herself and Tony.......I must admit that while I enjoyed this story, I,along with the team grew frustrated at the depressing lack of evidence,the lack of the mandatory angsty trail leading to the culprit's door,the absence of Tony's criminal profile and the subsequent thrill of the chase! Yes,it was a very different type of story from the one I was expecting!Nostalgic for times past,I selfishly wanted a rendition of earlier books!! That was not to be and while part of me applauds the very courageous turn the author took with these beloved characters,a part of me yearned for a more straight forward serial killer story,with both Carol, Tony and her team hunting for their man, deceptively close,yet so far away! What can I say? I'm getting old and set in my ways!!! Did I enjoy this book? Yes!! Will I be treating myself to her next book in the series? Absolutely!! If it was available tomorrow,I'd be first in the queue! Did I miss the old format? Yes,but I guess it's a testament to the versatility of such a renowned author that she can make her characters suffer,portray how cases suddenly gain momentum all on their own and have unforeseen consequences for many,and still have her readers clamouring for more! Guilty as charged! Can't wait to see what happens next!!!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Another Tony Hill/Carol Jordan thriller. ( really a 3.5 but can't seem to score a half star successfully!) well worth the read, although I'm not sure I like the style of writing so much where the reader knows who the killer is and are just waiting for the 'team' to piece it all together. A twist in the tail and although didn't see it coming knew what was planned couldn't really happen . I certainly wasn't left with a surprised emotion at all I'm begining not to like Carol Jordan much now and wan Another Tony Hill/Carol Jordan thriller. ( really a 3.5 but can't seem to score a half star successfully!) well worth the read, although I'm not sure I like the style of writing so much where the reader knows who the killer is and are just waiting for the 'team' to piece it all together. A twist in the tail and although didn't see it coming knew what was planned couldn't really happen . I certainly wasn't left with a surprised emotion at all I'm begining not to like Carol Jordan much now and want her to get over herself and step up to the mark ..thoroughly enjoyed the read. Just not as gripping for me as we already knew 'who dun it ' a good read but very average ..
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  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Murdered people don’t kill themselves…’ Val McDermid, dubbed the Queen of Psychological Thrillers, is back with her latest novel featuring two of the more well known characters in crime fiction. Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan return in Insidious Intent, the tenth book in this series and I have to admit the first in this series for me.I read and loved Out of Bounds (featuring detective Karen Pirie) by Val McDermid, so I knew from the offset that I was going to be readin ‘Murdered people don’t kill themselves…’ Val McDermid, dubbed the Queen of Psychological Thrillers, is back with her latest novel featuring two of the more well known characters in crime fiction. Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan return in Insidious Intent, the tenth book in this series and I have to admit the first in this series for me.I read and loved Out of Bounds (featuring detective Karen Pirie) by Val McDermid, so I knew from the offset that I was going to be reading a fast-paced page-turner.I consider myself almost at an advantage picking up Insidious Intent as a first timer, featuring the iconic Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. I had no preconception, no expectations and therefore went in blind!! I have done this before with other authors and quite frankly I like it. The characters are new to me, with a sufficient back story provided to make me feel I’m not missing out on too much. I know not everyone will agree with me but with so many fantastic authors out there I just cannot read all the series on the market!!In Insidious Intent, a serial killer is on the prowl. Psychologically tainted by events in his past, the killer is now preying on women, inflicting horrendous deaths on them and fulfilling some kind of sick fantasy of his own.It is on the discovery of human remains, burned out in a car on a country road, that unleashes a chain of events, which I’m sure will take away the very breath of all hardened fans of this series.DCI Carol Jordan and the newly formed ReMIT (Regional Major Incident Team) are given this case as their first. The pressure for a fast result is there from the outset. Jordan is dealing with some very personal issues, which run in parallel to the main story. These issues provide an insight into the person behind the tough veneer. As a reader we get to see the daily struggles Carol Jordan is dealing with, as she attempts to keep her self above water. Carol Jordan is a great character. Tough on the exterior she is also very fragile, and almost like a fallen china doll, cracks soon begin to appear.Her colleague Dr Tony Hill assists in this case as a psychological profiler but also as her friend. He watches Jordan as she moves through her days and as the cards begin to fall, he props them up again.Their relationship, though very new to me, had an intangible feel to it. It was always there floating in the background, enough to have an impact, but yet also maintaining a brittleness that could disintegrate at any moment.As the case continues to unfold, the team struggle to make a connection to any one individual. As other victims are discovered, all left to burn in a car, all on country roads, it is soon very obvious to the team that they are dealing with a killer who is forensically astute and always one step ahead of them. It’s also very clear that momentum is picking up as the killer is obviously in a race to a finish.But who is his ultimate victim and why?Carol Jordan is frustrated with the progress in this case and as the burden lands firmly at her feet, she starts to feel some serious pressure from on high.In setting up the ReMIT group, it’s role was established to ‘scoop up all the sudden violent deaths, the most vicious sexual assaults and the sickening child abductions from six separate police forces. The first tentative step toward a national agency like the FBI, perhaps?' With Carol Jordan heading up this new force, her job is to develop an elite team whose combined talents would be enough to bring down the most violent of criminals that society produces.Will ReMIT uncover this murderous individual who is playing cat and mouse with them? Can Carol Jordan safeguard her position as head of ReMIT?I thoroughly enjoyed Insidious Intent as I raced through the pages breathlessly to the finish. Val McDermid knows how to keep her readers enthralled and for me that’s all I need when reading a book of this nature. There is an abundance of crime fiction on the market at the moment and sometimes the choice for the reader can be almost too much!! Val McDermid is a steady presence in the market with her novels selling across the globe. She is in high demand for literary events and is also familiar to many from her appearances on radio and television. There’s a reason for that folks!!I haven’t gone into any more detail in my review for one very simple reason…Val McDermid requests it. ‘I’ve had twenty years of readers telling me how invested they are in these characters, and I want them to enjoy this book as much as I hope, you have..I’m asking you not to say anything that is a spoiler…’ As I have mentioned earlier I am new to this series so it would be very unfair of me to write in any more detail about characters and past histories that I know very little about, for fear of spoiling something for the reader who has stayed with this series all the way.Suffice to say, Insidious Intent is a great read, a compulsive read. It is crime fiction with a very human edge. Thoroughly enjoyable!!
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