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Publisher's Summary

Jessica Clarke had been set alight 20 years ago. Her attacker, quickly tracked down and eager to confess, is still in jail, his career as a hitman for North London gangs now well behind him. So who is harassing Carol Chamberlain, the arresting officer, and claiming that he is one who burned the girl? Now retired, Carol turns to DI Tom Thorne for help. Thorne is up to his neck investigating a series of killings which appear to be the result of a turf war between rival gangs, and he's fed up to the gills with reporting to DCI Tughan, so helping Carol out looks like a good deed in a naughty world. Only the world is about to turn much nastier, so nasty in fact that he finds himself longing for a straightforward psycopath to hunt down. This is a powerful work, exploring the effects of violence and greed on the lives of those who exploit their fellow beings.
©2001 Mark Billingham; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks
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Critic Reviews

"Assured and shocking thriller." (The Guardian)
"A cunning variation on the serial-murder theme." (Sunday Telegraph)
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By mark on 12-17-15

what a disappointment

Would you try another book written by Mark Billingham or narrated by Roger Lloyd Pack?

Mark Billingham - Yes. Roger lloyd Pack - No way.

What will your next listen be?

Another Mark Billingham book , narrated by another actor

Would you be willing to try another one of Roger Lloyd Pack’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, I could not get beyond the first ten minutes. I have read the book and enjoyed it. I wanted the audio book to listen to in the car on a very long journey. I was immediately disappointed and annoyed with myself that i didn't check the narrator, I gave it a chance but really did not enjoy the narrators style, tone or voice. So much better by the other narrator used by Billingham.

Any additional comments?

remember to check the sample and narrator before buying!

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By Sue on 06-21-15

Good story.

Not my favourite in the series. Probably because it was abridged and felt disjointed in places.
I didn't much care for the narration. Once it occurred to me that the guy sounded like Trigger from Only Fools and Horses it got in the way for me.
Overall an okay listen.

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