Insidious Intent

by Val McDermid

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  • 9780802189288

“Powerful . . . McDermid’s prose is pure pleasure to read . . . The plot is tight, the story is thrilling, the ending is as satisfying as they come . . . A master operating at the height of her considerable powers. Prepare to be swept away.”—Mystery Scene on Splinter the Silence

Widely recognized as one of our finest crime writers, with numerous accolades and legions of devoted readers worldwide, internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is back with the latest installment in her series featuring psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan. In Insidious Intent, Tony and Carol are on the hunt for a serial killer who victimizes women at weddings without a date—and forces the duo to confront their most haunting moral dilemma so far.

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. Tony and Carol 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.

“Hill and Jordan dominate as brilliantly as ever.”— Times Saturday Review (UK) on Cross and Burn


  • Grove Atlantic; December 2017
  • ISBN: 9780802189288
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Insidious Intent
  • Author: Val McDermid
  • Imprint: Atlantic Monthly Press
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In The Press

Praise for Val McDermid:

“Powerful . . . McDermid’s prose is pure pleasure to read . . . The plot is tight, the story is thrilling, the ending is as satisfying as they come . . . A master operating at the height of her considerable powers. Prepare to be swept away.”—Mystery Scene on Splinter the Silence

“Hill and Jordan dominate as brilliantly as ever.”—Times Saturday Review (UK) on Cross and Burn

“Smooth. Confident. Deeply satisfying. What else can you say about McDermid’s writing? . . . The Jordan-Hill relationship remains the star of the show . . . It’s a match made in heaven amid hell on earth.”—Entertainment Weekly (editor’s choice) on The Torment of Others

“Val McDermid . . . has the ruthless psychological scalpel that forms part of the equipment of all good novelists, whatever their genre. And, fortunately for us, she knows just how to use it.”—Guardian (UK) on The Retribution

“Dynamic . . . [A] treat.”—People on Splinter the Silence

“McDermid is as smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there . . . She’s the best we’ve got.”—New York Times Book Review on Killing the Shadows

“There are few other crime writers in the same league as Val McDermid. Her stories are ingeniously plotted . . . Another terrific and intricate suspense novel.”—Washington Post on Out of Bounds

“The novel is as rich in character development as it is in plot . . . We hold our breath as [the killer] plots his next murder and the team scrambles to find out who he is and what he plans to do. McDermid has delivered another stylishly written, complex thriller.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune on Splinter the Silence

“The series . . . gets better and better. . . . Hill and Jordan, whether together or apart, are fascinating characters.”—Bookreporter.com on Cross and Burn


About The Author

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.

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  • 9780802189288