Billingham is the best crime writer in this country at the moment - yes, even better than Rankin. His gritty trilogy of novels featuring Tom Thorne are amongst the fastest paced, beautifully plotted books you can find on the shelves. I like this guy a lot - he rocks! Which is odd because there's nothing intrinsically new about Tom Thorne. It’s more like a welcome return to the traditional down-trodden bastard London cop. Jack Regan for want of a better comparison. The supporting cast is equally solid, and there's been a myriad of sub-plots going on since day one - with each trailing off in its own direction ever since.
In this third instalment, a 'woman' is writing to convicted rapists, earning their trust and upon their release, violently taking care of them on their first meeting. Thorne finds himself both in love and at a loss as to how to start linking this case with a 25 year old murder that was only witnessed by two children - who have both since vanished off the face of the earth. It’s not easy to catch a killer when you don't care about the victims.
:: Sion Smith