“The action moves swiftly toward a big twist and the satisfying conclusion . . . shows why Billingham stands at the forefront of British crime authors” (Publishers Weekly).
Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, has called Mark Billingham “one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today,” and this novel brings together his popular detective Tom Thorne and straitlaced DI Nicola Tanner on a pair of lethally high-stakes cases.
While Tanner investigates the deadly spread of a dangerous new drug, Thorne is handed a case that he doesn’t take too seriously—until a spate of animal killings points to the work of a serial murderer. When the two cases come together unexpectedly, both Thorne and Tanner must risk everything to catch two very different killers.
“Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us―don’t miss him.” ―Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series
“Tom Thorne [is] worth getting to know.” —The Washington Post
A spate of cat deaths propels Billingham's intriguing 15th novel featuring London Det. Insp. Tom Thorne (after 2017's Love like Blood). Assigned to the case, Thorne hates the ridicule that comes with it, until he discovers that the cats are connected to a group of unsolved murders. Since the investigation requires database searches and organizing information, tasks that aren't this rule-breaker's strength, he seeks the help of meticulous Det. Insp. Nicola Tanner, who had a major role in the previous book. Meanwhile, Tanner has her own case to solve: junkie Andan Jandali's murder. Thorne and Tanner team up and work both cases. Tanner's leads to a drug ring and a mysterious woman called the Duchess; Thorne's to a dating website where a serial killer hunts his victims. The stakes rise when a sting operation goes bad and puts Tanner in harm's way. Readers have a dizzying array of characters to keep track of, but the action moves swiftly toward a big twist and the satisfying conclusion. This entry shows why Billingham stands at the forefront of British crime authors.