A woman’s suicide puts a detective on the trail of a cold-hearted con artist: “Outstanding . . . a maximum of suspense” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
When DI Tom Thorne is called to the site of a suicide, he expects to be in and out in no time. But when he arrives at the Underground station where a woman named Philippa Goodwin threw herself in front of a train, he inexplicably senses something awry and feels compelled to dig deeper. He soon discovers that she was the victim of a callous con man who preys on vulnerable women—and whose deception plunged Philippa to her end.
Thorne enlists DI Nicola Tanner to help him track down the swindler and bring him to justice. But the detective duo gets more than they bargained for when a young man’s bludgeoned body turns up on the shore of a nearby seaside town and the two cases come together in a way that neither of the detectives could have foreseen . . .
“A fantastic thriller . . . a gripping plot and lead characters of remarkable depth. Billingham is a multiple-award winner, and his books have sold more than six million copies. Readers who grab this one but aren’t familiar with its predecessors will be seeking them out. A series to savor.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Billingham is a world-class writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation.” ―Karin Slaughter, bestselling author of the Will Trent series
Billingham's outstanding 16th procedural featuring Det. Insp. Tom Thorne (after 2018's The Killing Habit) finds Thorne on duty with a team responsible for assessing whether sudden deaths are suspicious when Philippa Goodwin jumps in front of a train in the London Underground. CCTV images make it clear that no one was near Philippa when she took her fatal leap, but Thorne is driven to look further. Though Philippa didn't leave a note, her older sister suggests a possible motive for her suicide dismay over being bilked of a large sum of money by the man she'd been dating, who called himself Patrick Jennings. Despite Jennings bearing only moral responsibility for Philippa's death, Thorne persists in investigating him, an obsession that bears fruit when another death linked to Jennings occurs. Alternating sections focused on a single mother who may become Jennings's next target raise the ante. The twisted plot unfolds gradually, with a maximum of suspense. Billingham never strains credulity in this thoughtful page-turner.