- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New Ed edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751536164
- ISBN-13: 978-0751536164
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,263,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
DI Thorne, who is such a likeable maverick, really holds the story together, liasing between the homeless world and the police. Even so, I still found my attention wandering and needed to re-read paragraphs. It wouldn't put me off reading another of Billinghams books though because I know he's capable of better stuff.
The plot of the book in itself was OK, and the climax in the tunnel was a good choice as far as Thorne doing his thing to bring the bad guy to justice, but then further action ensued that just wasn't necessary. It smacked of trying too hard to add some danger. Thorne, mourning his father and feeling guilty, is less enjoyable (of course) than tough Thorne out busting criminals, so I hope the next book shows him back to being himself.
This is an adequate book in a fairly good series.
Once on the streets, Thorne begins to search for a link between the victims and eventually discovers something in the past which has led to the killings. However, apart from the actual crime story, this is also an exploration of why people end up on the streets. When Thorne muses that many people are literally two pay cheques away from ending up homeless, it is no exaggeration, and the author does a good job of portraying the life of the homeless in London – the boredom, the discomfort and the fear. I have to say that the character of Thorne himself is what makes me return to this series and I find him more likeable every time. Well plotted, with a good cast of characters, this is a well above average crime series..
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