REad the first four of the series of UK police procedural that has Tom Thorne as the protagonist. Not a fan of the first two which were too messy, too creepy and filled with too much extraneous detail. The second two have been enjoyable.
The plot revolves around the gangland feuds in London and an old case about a burning girl and how the two fuse together. Thorne is the anti-hero, tired and almost defeated but always driven.
I especially enjoyed the short sections from the burning girl's perspective.
The constant flipping between the various sub plots was distracting as was the occasional rambling of the author with Thorne's thoughts, which did not make it a seamless read.
For anyone lucky enough to have caught Mark Billingham at this year’s Writers’ Festival, listening to Mark read the opening chapter of his latest mystery was enough to set your spine atingle and take your breath away. The story is set in London, where a psychopath is on the loose and the turf wars between the North London gangs are heating up. For anyone who enjoys Ian Rankin this is another mystery author well worth reading.
Another excellent story in the series. The diary of the young burn victim was heart breaking.
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