A cluster of suicides among the elderly. Such things are not unknown to the police and the deaths are quickly dismissed by the police as routine. Only one man is convinced that something more sinister is taking place.
However, no one listens to Tom Thorne anymore. Having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform and he hates it. Patronised and abused by his new colleagues, Thorne's suspicions about the suicides are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.
Unable to trust anyone, Thorne must risk losing those closest to him.He must gamble with the lives of those targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before. A man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims. A man with the power to make people take their own lives.
Tom Thorne returns in Billingham's most compelling thriller to date. The Dying Hours is a haunting portrait of London's dark heart, and the darker heart of a twisted killer bringing terror to its streets.
A growing number of suicides start looking like murder in Billingham s absorbing 11th novel featuring Det. Insp. Tom Thorne (after 2012 s The Demands). With the apparent joint suicide of an elderly London couple, Thorne, who s no longer with the CID, senses something amiss but can t pinpoint what. His suspicions are met with ridicule from his former CID colleagues. With the reluctant help of old friends Det. Sgt. Dave Holland and Det. Insp. Yvonne Kitson, Thorne looks for other recent questionable suicides and finds several promising cases, but no clear link between the victims other than their advanced age. At home, the moody Thorne is doing no favors for his burgeoning relationship with fellow copper Helen Weeks, whom he met in The Demands. Billingham takes a chance by shaking up Thorne s career, but it pays off in this consistently tense thriller that s as much about Thorne as it is about solving the crimes.
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The Dying hours
I enjoyed this book, but found it lacked the suspense of his earlier works such as Sleepy Head and Scaredy Cat. I would prefer it if Mark went back to the ruggedness of the first books which had me hooked from the off. Far too much personal relationship stuff and far too little detection.