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Another excellent work by Mark Billingham - tackling a tough subject with great skill and compassion
Keep sharing Tom Thorne with us Mark
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
loved this book, details and information very refreshing, and educational regarding different faiths, brilliant, thank you Mark