A kidnap/abduction thriller featuring Tom Thorne as the usual flawed, egocentric, always in trouble detective sticking his nose into a case where he has no jurisdiction. His friend Hendricks, the unconventional gay pathologist comes to Thorne's aid and adds much to the novel's success and to solving the crime. Helen, Thorne's girlfriend is also involved as she steps back into her hated hometown to her own secret and dark past.
Overall a well written suspenful novel although a bit slow in places
Excellent. A top-notch series by a very talented author. Interesting plot with an exceptionally devious bad guy.
A good addition to the series but I prefer Thorne in London settings.
I really like this author, who makes his characters so real.
Another awesome read from the wonderful Mark Billingham. I can never get enough of the Tom Thorne series. Keep 'em coming !!
If you're already a fan of this series, you greet each book with certain expectations. First, it's a chance to catch up with Tom Thorne & Phil Hendricks. Then you look forward to a smart suspense story, twisty plots, economical dialogue & a hair raising finale. Book #13 ticks all the boxes.
This more of a slow burn than the last instalment (which left me only slightly less traumatized than Tom & Phil).
It's a thinking man's thriller full of clever misdirection. There's a blizzard of red herrings to wade through & you're in danger of sustaining whiplash as your focus swings from one suspect to the next. Events & comments that seem unimportant are tossed out along the way but will have you smacking your forehead at the end. It's been a long time since I was so surprised to learn a killer's identity.
It's the kind of read that makes you lose track of time & frown on any interruptions so don't crack the cover until you find a spot to hide for a few hours.
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