Carol Jordan / Tony Hill | AustCrimeFiction
So what next for Carol Jordan and Tony Hill? Will we ever see them in a romantic relationship? McDermid says no without any hesitation. Her new Tony Hill and Carol Jordan book, Insidious Intent, You can write about politics, you can write about relationships, you can write. Relationships (personal, business, familial, friendship) are complicated things, as the 6th Tony Hill and Carol Jordan book FEVER IN THE BONE explores.
In a newspaper interview late last year, Rankin commented that "the people writing the most graphic novels are women", before going on to specify that "they are mostly lesbians as well, which I find interesting".
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McDermid described them as "arrant rubbish", and went on to say: The way it has been reported makes me sound like a mad, paranoid lesbian. Yesterday morning the page three headline in the Times read: It doesn't help when the media uses such headlines, making me appear as if I have my meat cleaver ready to chop Rankin's gonads off.
At root, she suggests, it stems from a deep, primal fear of gay women.
The feminist writer Joan Smith once claimed that McDermid's books were full of dead bodies and gratuitous violence towards women. After reading that, McDermid ploughed through her back catalogue, counting up the corpses.Carol is jealous of Kate, Tony gets upset (Wire in the Blood)
So what are we saying - that the ones most likely to experience it should not write about it? This month marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of her first novel, while her latest, which came out earlier this month, has flown straight into the top 10 bestsellers list. Jordan, a senior police detective, and Hill, a psychological profiler, work together to solve cases, often involving serial killers. The new book has a contemporary plotline, in that it touches on Islamophobia and the threat of suicide bomb attacks on innocent citizens.
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I had this idea for a story that for me was psychologically interesting, and that provided an opportunity to move Carol and Tony's relationship further. Unlike most of the characters in male crime writers' novels, however, Jordan lived on to fight another case.
McDermid writes about sexual violence in a way that humanises the victim, and believes in portraying the reality of such crimes and their effects. Does she find the world a depressing place? Born in Kirkcaldy on the east coast of Scotland inMcDermid loved the written word from an early age.
On the basis of an IQ test, she was placed with a group of especially bright children at Kirkcaldy High School and then she and the other chosen children were taught in a separate class, focused on preparing for university. Gordon Brown was part of the same experiment, and the two are well acquainted, though more through their shared passion for Scottish football team Raith Rovers than childhood memories.
InBrown wrote an essay about his time at Kirkcaldy High, a bitter, detailed account of how the experiment had affected him.
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If you couldn't make it in the main sports of hockey and rugby, you were shuffled through everything from golf to Scottish country dancing till they found something you could do. The school was ambitious for its pupils, and there was no hiding place.
When I went to Oxford for my interview, I was away for two days. When I got back to school, I was summoned to the gym, where the PE mistress ripped into me mercilessly. Going to Oxford had meant I was absent for the crucial Perth Sevens hockey tournament.
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This caused him to become irritable, hallucinatory and disorganised, despite being aware of the distinction between his new personality disturbances and his previous self. At one point he sarcastically asks Jordan, "Do you want nice Tony back? Often he will make shrewd observations about a crime or person without thinking, which tends to cause embarrassment or in some cases outrage.
His thought processes tend to dominate his life, to the point that he is blissfully ignorant of everyday details such as tucking in his shirt, turning off his car's headlights, etc. These eccentricities endear him to some Carol Jordan in particular while alienating him from others.
Methods[ edit ] Tony tends to solve his cases using a mix of role-playfirst person analysis and intuition. This approach often unsettles those around him and in the TV series, it isn't until Carol realises his worth in a practical setting that Bradfield CID embraces his ongoing assistance.
Within the novels, Tony has an established professional standing that earns him a place at the head of the National Profiling Task Force after he conducted the feasibility study that resulted in its formation.
Personality[ edit ] In the TV series, Tony has admitted to having Asperger's syndrome as well as being socially inept.
He draws his satisfaction in life from analysing and understanding damaged minds, something that he often fears has affected him deeply - he refers to this in the novels as his attempts at "passing for human.
It appears that many of his ongoing issues and feelings of inadequacy can be traced to the negativity of his childhood and his early sexual experiences. Tony often experiences vivid visions of the murdered victims during his cases, which he usually ignores, or at least never brings up when he sees them while surrounded by other people.
Both in the books and the TV series. Tony is also seen talking to these visions in an attempt to understand the crimes, and sometimes is even seen acting out the murders in his mind, anything from imagining stabbing a housewife to death in Sharp Compassion to beating and shooting a young man in the head in From the Defeated.