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Blutzeichen (Tom Thorne, #4) Mark Billingham

Blutzeichen (Tom Thorne, #4)

Mark Billingham

Published
ISBN : 9783442459131
Paperback
415 pages
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A contract killer is carving his way through North Londons criminal underworld, leaving a bloody X on his victims backs and taking Billy Ryans gang down one thug at a time. Detective Inspector Tom Thorne and his team know theres a turf war goingMoreA contract killer is carving his way through North Londons criminal underworld, leaving a bloody X on his victims backs and taking Billy Ryans gang down one thug at a time. Detective Inspector Tom Thorne and his team know theres a turf war going on, but whos attempting to take over Ryans racket isnt quite clear. When DCI Carol Chamberlin comes out of retirement to work on the cold case squad and asks Thorne for help solving an old murder, the past and present catch up in what looks like a continuation of a twenty-year-old gang war. And when someone carves an X in Thornes door, a fuse is lit that stretches from the eponymous burning girl of the title--Chamberlins old case--to the gang war thats lighting up the London sky. Its a clunky plot that relies on telling more than showing, slowing down the pace and makeing it difficult for the reader to care about any of the principals involved--either the victims or those who seek justic for them. Billingham has written better thrillers (Lazybones, Scaredy Cat), but this one doesnt live up to their promises. --Jane Adams