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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Billingham Narrator: Paul Thornley Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tom Thorne Series Release Date:
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A killer is on the loose. The victims: children whose mothers can’t protect them.

The past is coming back to haunt the people of London: a murderer is targeting the children of victims of Raymond Garvey, an infamous serial killer from London’s past.

When murder squad veteran Detective Tom Thorne, who solves the London police department’s most difficult cases, is called into what seems like, for once, an ordinary domestic murder, he thinks he’s caught a break. A woman has been murdered by someone she knows. A positive pregnancy test found on the floor beside her. Thorne plans to question the husband, arrest him and return home to deal with his own deteriorating personal life.

But when a mysterious sliver of bloodstained X-ray that was found clutched in the victim’s fist is replicated at other crime scenes around the city, Thorne realizes that this is not a simple case. As the bits of X-ray begin to come together to form a picture, it becomes clear that the killer knows his prey all too well and is moving through a list that was started long ago.

As Thorne attempts to protect those still alive, nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tom Thorne is the new superstar detective…Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader of crime fiction.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Psychologically twisted and strikingly original…The relentlessly swift pace and high emotional pitch of the narrative may say ‘thriller,’ but Billingham has become too sophisticated a writer to settle for the cheap theatrics that galvanized his early novels. Grim as it is, the violence serves a purpose, making us consider all the innocent people whose lives are touched and often crushed in the aftermath of a crime.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Billingham’s serial killers are always more subtly drawn than most fictional psychopaths, who, with their elaborate schemes and neatly labelled mental disorders, bear little similarity to the terrifyingly normal-seeming multiple murderers of real life. Billingham stresses the unpalatable truth that, even once the case is solved, these people’s motives are murky and their actions inexplicable. He takes the same care with all his characterizations, notably his decent but troubled hero DI Tom Thorne—for my money, the most convincing cop in British crime fiction.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Thrilling…Billingham continues to captivate with equal parts suspense, deduction, and heart.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Plot twists and red herrings abound.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 1/28/2014

    " Billingham never fails to entertain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by MJ | 1/25/2014

    " Tom Thorne ....painful the stuff w Louise - because he is so pathetic w emotions. The murders are interesting....this was a good pace. One of his better ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara Schweitzer | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent mystery about the son of a serial killer--could not put it down--will read others by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Den | 1/12/2014

    " Another book I found hard to put down. A killer leaves his victims with a scrap of an x-ray in their hand which eventually leads detectives to discover that the children of murdered women are being murdered 30 years later! I actually didn't guess who the murderer was and the twists got me - quite often I am on the ball but not this time. You also feel for the main detective as you are also drawn into his personal life. "

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