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Preview — Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham
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
Billingham illustrates an enviable knowledge of the city of London and its criminal underbelly. There are a lot of historical references and landmarks are expertly interwoven i ...more
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!
L'aveva seguita, era entrato in casa con lei, aveva respirato la sua paura. Poi, l'aveva strangolata. La sera stessa, in un altro punto della città, un'altra donna moriva allo stesso modo.
La polizia non ha dubbi, nelle strade di Londra si muove un serial killer che uccide due volte, lo stesso che qualche mese prima aveva pugnalato a morte due donne, a poche ore di distanza l'una dall'altra. Ma Tom Thorne, geniale e scomodo detective della squadra investigativa, è perplesso. Qualcosa non quadra i
I found this a very difficult book to read; muchless enjoy.
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 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
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
Mark Billingham – 2nd in series
It is almost unthinkable that a single maniac would murder two women miles apart on the same day. Yet the evidence is leading Detective Inspector Tom Thorne to a stunning conclusion: there isn't only one serial killer on the prowl, but a pair of them, working in tandem. And any corpse that turns up in the future just might be accompanied by a second. To stop them both, Thorne must catch a man whose need to manipulate is as great a ...more
The second book in the Tom Thorne series was a good follow up to Sleepyhead and, in my opinion, a more entertaining read. Whilst quite a generic police procedural with the tormented policeman and the devious serial killer on the loose there was enough that was different to the plot that made it a strong read.
The main characters come together a bit more with Thorne, Holland and Hendricks all having strong roles. During the second half of the book there is a bit of tension with Holland and McE ...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”