Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid – Book Review

Criminal profiler Tony Hill is laid up in hospital after being attacked by a man having a psychotic break wielding an axe (yes, that sounds totally ridiculous, but when McDermid sets it in a psych hospital with a patient who’d skipped his medication, it becomes totally plausible), so he is physically limited in how he can assist DCI Carol Jordan as she investigates the death of a local soccer superstar. Then a bomb goes off at the stadium and everything is thrown into chaos.

It’s been ages since I’ve read one of the Hill/Jordan series and I forgot how good they are. As it happens, it was this one I last read, which I realised a few pages in, but I was enjoying it so much that I had to keep going. The characters are great, deeply flawed not only by the things McDermid has put them through in previous books, but also from general past events. So glad I have many more to read… and they’re still coming.

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