Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham

Valerie Penny's Book Reviews

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/.

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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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