Another absolute winner from Val McDermid. I was so sad after I read the last Tony Hill book because I thought it was the final in the series and then, voila, The Retribution. Unlike some of the others in the series, Retribution has mostly a subtle creepiness to it. The kind of creepiness where you get an ugly feeling in the pit of your stomach waiting for the shoe to drop. Yet, it also has the kind of twistedness that I have loved in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. There are very few writers who can pull it off the way Val McDermid has shown to consistently be able to do. The Tony Hill series is in my top 3 of mystery series and one I recommend all the time. Def. not to be missed!!