Mark Billingham is one of my favourite authors. He is an English novelist whose series of “Tom Thorne” crime novels are best-sellers in that particular genre. He has also worked as a television screenwriter and has become a familiar face as an actor and comic. I first discovered Billingham’s novels when I was living in Stirling, Scotland, studying for my post graduate Creative Writing Diploma and have already reviewed his novels Sleepyhead http://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/sleepyhead-by-mark-billingham/ and In the Dark http://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/in-the-dark-by-mark-billingham/.
This is the second Tom Thorne novel by Billingham. It is different from the first because here we know who the criminals are. I enjoyed the relationships between Thorne, his father and his colleagues Holland, Hendricks, Brigstocke and McEvoy. All of these relationships ring true, enriching what could have been a straightforward ‘race against time’ plot.
Billingham illustrates an enviable knowledge of the city of London and its criminal underbelly. There…
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