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Book Title: De Sirene|
The author of the book: Val McDermid
ISBN 13: 9789021800271
Edition: Uitgeverij Sijthoff
Date of issue: 2007
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.27 MB
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That's how this novel was recommended for me;
This series is perfect for fans of The X-Files and Cormoran Strike.
Like I'm not obsessed enough..
And now I pass the recommendation for every “Criminal Profiling” cases fans..from the early “Jack the Ripper’s Case, Sherlock’s Cases, to Scarlet from 'Silence of the Lambs'.
The art of getting INSIDE the Criminal's Mind..you'll experience it here.. depressingly well.
This is my first read for Val McDermid, and she truly surprised me.
She gives the characters depth, the crimes written interestingly thrilling and mysterious though you read small chapters from the criminal’s POV.
The “Criminal Profiling” that Mr. Tony's doing here is like you're practicing it yourself while reading. which is somehow depressing for me...you can feel the stress and the depression one felt to be in the head of the criminal... the loneliness, the need of a friend.. God it was really depressing... She's really got it so well.
Also since she was a journalist specialized in crimes, - Thanks to Lee Child’s introduction for this 20 years anniversary edition - she made a great work of making me as if I'm inside the police headquarters, some -bad- criminal journalists techniques.
And above all… How the Profiling works, the process.. the HOLMS system that helps investigations.
Did she add too much information and details? Yes. Yet everything has its place in the plot.
-The details in the settings and the atmosphere of the place is what made my huge surprise about the setting.-
But , more in the style, let's see first
** The Story **
A gruesome series of gay related crimes in an English Town. The Hometown Police Force uses a criminal Profiler though their stubborn old guys in the Force feels bad about it.
The Profiler teams up with the detective inspector...both were lone wolves, due to a certain complicated past.
It's the 90s.. there was recent gay crimes in Britain already, so the fear spread. The Police -out of some religious bosses- unmoved by this kind of crimes..
But the thing is, all the murdered weren't open about their homosexuality.
That makes indicating a certain Criminal Profiling for the killer harder for Dr. Tony Hill.
Too much is going on, too much efforts, work, red herrings, pressures..till the very end.
** The Writing Style **
The writing is very detailed, very interesting, gruesome and bald..
I felt at first that it may be a bit slow, with all these details.. you know.. but so was Cormoran Strike and many other psychic crimes novels. It starts with building the place, characters and atmosphere. By half of the novel the pages will turn way faster than the first half.
The slowness at first cause of building two things;
1) The Characters;
The author captured brilliantly the feeling of A Man who lives in the minds of the criminals.
Doctor Tony Hill, the ‘Profiler’, this profession that were hugely highlighted in the 90s , mostly cause of the huge media interest after the Glamorous Jodie Foster’s performance in The Silence of the Lambs.
Later there was many TV show caring for this ‘new’ deal, though it can be tracked to the nineteenth century with Jack the Ripper’s case , even Sherlock’s adventures.
It seems here in the novel weren't that popular in the Police headquarters.
So Dr. Tony not only his first job there is hard and mysterious but also he must prove himself to the doubtful colleagues.
Also his love ‘more sexual’ life is a wreck, due to his real perfect doing of his work.. living inside the criminal mind.
And there's his ‘partner’
Inspector Carol Jordan
She has a different love issues, she's almost Lone Wolf just as Tony, if not for her cat and younger computer graphic genius.
And as much as I liked her so much, yet I didn't like very few of the ‘almost-insta-love’ between her and Tony. It came fast, or may be I'm used to very slow burning love of Mulder and Scully.
The rest of the characters also were deep enough, some will sure love to meet again in later books, Carol's brother and his computers skills -in the 90s- was a very nostalgic touch.
With the very detailed describing of the Town that the story takes place, Bradfield, halfway through the novel, I felt I know the Town where the plot takes place by heart. Even its place in north England.
So I decided to Google some real photos of it to see if it matches the one on my mind by all the details I've read. To my surprise There's NO Bradfield at all… it's all imaginative town created by McDermid. Yet I swear I can draw a map of its streets, districts and plazas and its lifestyle.
That was brilliant really.. that's why yhe slowness I talked about is totally forgiven.. she made me live inside her story..truly live there.
her also vivid experience of the gay life in UK, the reaction of the community , some of the officers..etc, was so realistic.
I love the 90s, so it was great to read about how fascinating the Computer programs and graphics leaps… the obsession with the sex phone landline calls.. the HOLMES smart program. Etc.
And as I said, as Mr. Lee Child said also, everything has a place in the big plot here…
The Twist here is that.. I'm in love with this series though I almost felt bored by its first chapter and thought it will be 4 stars max..
It's 4.5 :)
Thank you Lema so much for the recommendation
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Read information about the authorVal McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies.
She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award.
She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.
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