Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne #2)
It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube and strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of King's Cross station. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murder ...more
Tom Thorne and his team are getting no-where with their investigation and the killer(s) seem to almost know in advance what the police are up to. Is there a rat in the ranks? On top of this one of Thorne's trusted detectives would appear to have a drug problem.
Once again I did find that when listening ...more
It flits between past and present, but does so in a manner that is easy to follow.
Well plotted and well written, "Scaredy Cat" is an absorbing thriller.
The final scenes are something of a shocker. I was NOT expecting that outcome.
Tom Thorne is a detective inspector in London. He has his own backstory that is slowly revealed, but does not interfere with the plot.
The prologue is well written: tense and surprising and brief, it sets up the story nicely. Yes, I know, prologues are not in fashion now, but this one does th ...more
A series of murders carried out simultaneously creates a real dilemma for D.I. Thorne and his team. Two murderers working apart connected to each other.
I can't wait to start the next in the series!
I found this a very difficult book to read; muchless enjoy.
Finished Scaredy Cat last night,Two women murdered on the same day round the same time, same type of weapon used, is it coincidence, DI Thorne doesn't think so, and the investigation begins with more double murders to come.
Di Thorne deals with the investigation in his own blinkered way, getting himself into trouble as usual, there's a lot of police procedure in Billingham's books but it ...more
Billingham's second thriller (after Sleepyhead) featuring London Det. Insp. Tom Thorne offers a twist on the serial killer subgenre. Brooding, melancholy Thorne heads a team of detectives who are alerted to the death of a young mother brutally strangled as her three-year-old son looks on. The body of a second murder victim, strangled in the same manner, turns up the same day, and Thorn and his team surmise they have a serial killer on their hands. The first half of the bo...more
This was a really good read. I had enjoyed Sleepy Head. The first Tom Thorne thriller but really it was nothing special. The beginning was great and the ending was riveting but the rest was just average. This book however is definitely a big step forward. The characters are much better developed and the overall mood is a lot darker and grittier.
Certainly this book is a lot more adult themed then it's predecessor with a lot more violence and uncomfortable ...more
This book is filled with intrigue, murder, insight into the killers' backgrounds and anticipation as you wait for the killers' to be caught or another body to be found. The killers strike most of their victims at random. However, there are some victims which are known to th ...more
For what it's worth, it was not po ...more
Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.
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Thorne knew that in this respect, it wasn't unlike any other major city - New York or Paris or Sydney - but he felt instinctively that London was .... at the extreme. The darker side of that history, as opposed to the parks, palaces and pearly kings' side that made busloads of Japanese and American tourists gawk and jabber. The hidden history of a city where the lonely, the dispossessed, the homeless, wandered the streets, brushing shoulders with the shadows of those that had come before them. A city in which the poor and the plague-ridden, those long-since hanged for stealing a loaf or murdered for a shilling, jostled for position with those seeking a meal, or a score, or a bed for the night.
A city where the dead could stay lost a long time”