Billingham is well aware that we’re au fait with most police procedural scenarios and is always working to ring clever and inventive changes on the formula… the tension is fine-tuned with all the usual skill.
Most fictional sleuths are flawed but invariably triumphant; Billingham is unusually willing to show his series hero making blunder after blunder.
A fast moving, straight-up cop story in a series that is about to hit television.
Billingham pulls it off with his usual panache and good writing.
While Billingham has well and truly mastered the modern police procedural, the thing that sets him apart from the crowd is not just his emotional insight, but the way he invariably packs such a heart-wrenching punch… Billingham’s most desperately gripping read yet
An unputdownable tale
A well plotted police procedural with touchingly human characters
A guaranteed page-turner
Energetic, subtle writing and fully fleshed characters