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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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • N
  • 01-16-20

Good story disappointed with the narrator

I found the narrator quite difficult to listen to and disappointing since we have excellent readers prior to this one.

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  • Z.Djemal-Mehmet
  • 02-07-19

Badly read.

What a shame. The previous books came to life, I’m sure it’s a good story but impossible to follow.

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  • mark
  • 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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  • Sam
  • 01-24-22

Another good book from Mark Billingham

Unlike many of the reviewers I didn't mind the reader but I do prefer the author. Not as good as some of his books but still worth a listen to. I definitely didn't like the weird music.

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  • Mossy
  • 12-15-21

Abridged and it showed

Billingham's prose reads well. It flows. Having finished this book yesterday, I somehow felt cheated as though something was missing... and then I realised the book had been abridged. Please don't.

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  • Lenny
  • 11-04-21

Terrible narration

The narration was so bad that I really struggled to get through the book. In fact all it was good for was to help me to sleep at night. Such a shame because Mark Billingham’s previous books have been fine. (The ones he narrated himself)
It was so bad to listen to, I still don’t know who did what why or how. Shame.

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  • simon lee
  • 05-26-21

Not the best

This one was a bit of a slog. I like these books but this one wasn't very good.

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  • Lynda
  • 02-11-21

Good story

Great story, but unnecessary music between chapters. I miss the authors narrative, the reading feels flat.

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  • Maz
  • 02-03-21

What’s with the music

Sorry after listening to Mark read the first 3 books. I couldn’t get into RLP reading as all I heard was “Trigger” and waiting for Delboy to join in.
And what is with that music. For a short listening (under 6hrs) I’m still trying to finish it off after5 days. I still have chapter 5 to reread as feel asleep. Sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

couldn't listen to the narrators voice any longer

listened to the other Mark Billingham books up to this one and loved them but omg this narrators voice just makes you want to reach for the stop button....i really struggled to listen to as much as i did and I didnt' even finish it. Mark Billingham reading his own books really brings them to life but this one was not a good choice.

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  • Helen
  • 08-12-19

Homeland

loving the references to Colchester and Barkingside. Both were my old stomping grounds as a copper.