Good As Dead - Mark Billingham
Mark Billingham is without question a master of his craft and Good As Dead – the tenth Thorne outing – is as good as anything in the crime fiction genre, past or present.
Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne. While Helen fights to stay alive and the body-count rises, Thorne must race against time if he is to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.
What is so exquisite about the Tom Thorne novels is the individuality of each one and the room in which all of the characters are allowed to breathe let each scenario expand, rise and fall with such natural finesse that, once started, they are all but impossible to put down. This and the fact that the reader barely dares to second guess what’s coming overleaf simply for the reason that they are bound to be invariably proved wrong.
If ever there has been an author who never fails to impress, then Mark Billingham is that author. Thorne is back and with a bang and Good As Dead is, to put it mildly, a quite astonishingly fabulous read from first to last.
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