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By Val McDermid

Harper Paperbacks, September 7, 2010 ($14.99)
ISBN-10: 0061986488
ISBN-13: 978-0061986482

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Dr. Tony Hill, criminal profiler, and DCI Carol Jordan return in the sixth book of the series. Jordan has a new boss who wants to redirect her team's work (no more cold cases, for one thing), trim the police department's budget, and use a police trained profiler instead of Dr. Hill, to further save on the budget. Meanwhile, teenagers are going missing and turning up dead with the only known link being an online social networking site.

McDermid makes fiction seem like real life. It's scary. (Real life and fiction, both...)

For readers new to the series, not a problem. You can pick up what you need to know about the recurring characters as the book unfolds. Fans of the U.S. TV show, Criminal Minds will feel right at home. There seems to be no end to the way or reasons serial killers find to inflict themselves on society.

And for long time fans of the series, who might have thought the main characters were getting a bit stale or predictable, you're in for a treat. Off-hand, I can't recall a book from this series that I've enjoyed more.

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