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Publisher's Summary

From number one best seller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real.
A bloody massage
As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful.
A powerful ally
Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts.
A conspiracy of silence
As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
©2017 Mark Billingham Ltd. (P)2017 Little Brown
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"Groundbreaking and gripping." (Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By S on 06-08-17

Brilliant

Another excellent work by Mark Billingham - tackling a tough subject with great skill and compassion
Keep sharing Tom Thorne with us Mark

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. L. Chalkley on 06-03-17

Strong research, impassioned views yet delivering twists

Another strong work. Some of the twists jarred the flow for me - but understandable. Thorne is on his home turf. The tension between cosy, familiar and hackneyed or formulaic is tackled well by Billingham, by submersion in a subculture of crime - this time of 'honour violence' for hire. Couple of story arcs seemed stretched, but hey! Great audio performance and so much work has gone into it. So many crime writers have to turn out so much, Billingham's standing out for his research and creation of fleshed out characters in today's London.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 12-17-17

At last a great book with a believable finish

I loved the plot and its wider socio-political context. It's delicate and difficult to write about crime among minority religious groups, or even majority religious groups but Mark Billingham treated his subject with respect. There was enough subtle research to make the various characters very believable. I recently asked for a refund for the dreadful disappointment by a crime writer who should know better. Mr Billingham has more than compensated. In his story, we didn't have the lead detective threatening to kill anyone, least of all the murderer. Instead we had Mark Billingham doing what he's paid to do. Creating a very satisfying end to a well narrated and beautifully written tale. And no. I haven't given Mark 5 out of 5 for every story he's written. This one's a six.

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By julie on 06-22-17

great listen

loved this book, details and information very refreshing, and educational regarding different faiths, brilliant, thank you Mark

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