The very first story in the hit ITV1 prime time drama Wire In The Blood, The Mermaids Singing, starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris based on the novel by Val McDermid, winner of the CWA/The Macallan 1995 Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year. In the northern town of Bradfield four men have been found mutilated and tortured. Fear grips the city. No man feels safe. Up till now, the only serial killers clinical psychologist Tony Hill has encountered were safely behind bars, that was until the ambitious DI Carol Jordan turns to the intelligent and compassionate doctor for his help in putting together a profile on the serial killer at large in their community. Hill himself becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional skill and personal nerve to survive as the murders become increasingly chilling and each one gets closer to home.