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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.

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©2001 Mark Billingham (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic reviews

"A disturbing and thrilling medical procedural with memorable characters and bundles of atmosphere." ( Guardian)

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  • 16-01-20

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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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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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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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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Good story

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

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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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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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Excruciating painful narration

I'm afraid I had to stop listening to this story after a very short time as I was unable to bear another minute of the narration. The woeful (and intermittent) attempt at an Irish accent was bad enough but the 'Welsh' accent was the final straw. I'm very disappointed as this is the first audio book I've had to stop listening to solely because of the narrator and I've wasted a credit.

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Another enjoyable Tom Thorne novel

I must admit to being extremely fussy regarding narrators and having read the reviews regarding the narrator not being Mark Billingham himself was very apprehensive as to whether I could get through this book. I did and found Roger Lloyd Pack to be ok. looking forward to getting back to MB narrating and also I have seen Robert Glenister on some too who is brilliant with the Strike novels. Story wise probably my least favourite of the series so far but I am glad I didn't skip it.

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Good story.

Not my favourite in the series. Probably because it was abridged and felt disjointed in places.
I didn't much care for the narration. Once it occurred to me that the guy sounded like Trigger from Only Fools and Horses it got in the way for me.
Overall an okay listen.