by Mark Billingham
What an opening chapter! A young woman goes into a newsagent’s on her way to work, as she does every morning. Three young men swagger in and start hassling the shopkeeper, while the young woman – who, we learn, is a police officer – watches nervously alongside another customer. The shopkeeper chases the youths from the shop … and then … turns a gun on his two customers.
That’s as far as I have got, having only started to read this book this morning. I’ll come back to this review.
The book was just as good as its opening chapter promised. Although I had cottoned onto who the arch-villain was as soon as DI Thorne did, the way the plot would work itself out was still hard to second-guess.
Under-age sex rings involving people in high positions; more than one police officer taking huge risks; murders got up to look like suicides … and all through the book, the tension and ticking clock of the hostage drama.
Definitely an author worth returning to.