Meet Tony Hill’s most twisted adversary – a killer with a shopping list of victims, a killer unmoved by youth and innocence, a killer driven by the most perverted of desires.

The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it’s not long before Tony realises it’s just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that’s targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Struggling with the newly-awakened ghosts of his own past and desperate for distraction in his work, Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

As we are a fledgling club, our members were down a little this month, but that does nothing to dampen the spirits of a true mystery reader. Fever of the Bone was the first McDermid for most of us and what an impression she has made. Pat feels that her character perception may have been slightly influenced by watching the Wire in the Blood series on TV, but she found the book very much to her liking and is happy to be adding this author to her favourites list.
Dealing with today’s dangers of internet stalking, the social ramifications of sperm donations and the justification of psychological profiling, this story clips along at a powerful pace, and once caught up in the chase, it is one of those books that is extremely hard for readers to put down. Our toiling detectives are pitted against the clock as the elusive killer constantly closes in on the next victim. What’s not to like!
With our scores ranging from 2 to 8, there is plenty of scope here for differing opinions, but in general we would recommend this as a great crime story for anyone looking for a … to quote Bob …‘get on with it’ mystery.