FICTION

Splinter the Silence: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel

Atlantic Monthly. Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780802124081. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802190932. F
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Former police officer Carol Jordan's drinking is out of hand, and it is affecting her job prospects. Psychologist Tony Hill is the only person with a shot at getting her off the sauce. Partially as a distraction, Tony nurtures an idea with Carol that involves a pattern between two high-profile women who spoke out about men and crimes against women. Both women were harassed online and recently took their own lives. When a fluke gives Carol another chance at her career and another trolling victim commits suicide, the policewoman handpicks a team of her favorites to investigate—right under Detective Chief Inspector Fielding's nose. It turns out that these three deaths have a few things in common, such as a murderer with a vendetta against outspoken women.
VERDICT Employing a multiperspective narrative, McDermid (Cross and Burn) brings back the beloved Tony Hill and Carol Jordan for this ninth installment of the police procedural series. Readers familiar with the books will rejoice at the prospect of a new page-turning offering, while newcomers who enjoy Sara Paretsky and Laurie R. King will catch up quickly with the backstory.

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