Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

Book - 2017
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Love Like Blood marks the return of series character Tom Thorne, "the next superstar detective" (Lee Child), as he pairs up with perfectionist detective inspector Nicola Tanner of Die of Shame on an investigation that ventures into politically sensitive territory. DI Nicola Tanner needs Tom Thorne's help. Her partner, Susan, has been brutally murdered and Tanner is convinced that it was a case of mistaken identity-- that she was the real target. The murderer's motive might have something to do with Tanner's recent work on a string of cold-case honor killings she believes to be related. Tanner is now on compassionate leave but insists on pursuing the case off the books and knows Thorne is just the man to jump into the fire with her. He agrees but quickly finds that working in such controversial territory is dangerous in more ways than one. And when a young couple goes missing, they have a chance to investigate a case that is anything but cold. Racing towards a twist-filled ending, Love Like Blood is another feat of masterful plotting from one of Britain's top crime novelists.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802126535
0802126537
Branch Call Number: F BILLINGHAM
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 24 cm.

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leewardside
Sep 25, 2017

Best Billingham in a long while; it handles honour killings amongst the south-asian communities in England.

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venetian
Sep 03, 2017

Have read all the Tom Thorne books - this is the best!!

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emerge
May 14, 2017

Can't believe this is #14, always great to catch up with Tom & Phil. In this outing Tom teams up with Nicola Tanner, a by-the-book detective who suffered a personal loss, to infiltrate the closed community behind honour killings in London.
The subject matter is chilling. As Tanner & Tom try to make inroads, we follow those responsible for the murders in alternate chapters. As usual the plot is full of twists & there are several characters whose loyalties are questionable. Billingham reserves a couple of WTH moments for the end to provide some surprising answers.
It's also a more personal story as the author gives us a closer look at Tom & Helen's relationship. It's a dark, atmospheric read that clips along at a good pace & deals sensitively with a difficult subject.

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