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Love Like Blood (Tom Thorne Novels)

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Instead, Billingham personalizes the issue by giving us relatable characters of all stripes who are just trying to live their lives.

Tanner seems completed unbothered that people want to kill her and barely seems touched by her partner being killed.

Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. Thorne joins forces with Nicola Tanner (DIE OF SHAME - a recent standalone) to ferret out the ringleader and the hired killers. I am so familiar with these characters that the books are so easy to read that I look forward to each new book in the series.

Thorne’s girlfriend Helen and step-son Alfie are there in the background, with their relationships developing, and with Helen working a suspected child abuse case as she’s a social worker.The rapid pace of the book never slows and it is apparent how profoundly occurrences of honor based violence have affected Billingham. But Mark Billingham has done a brilliant job of moving the story past this subject matter alone without sensationalising, trivialising or glamourising it in any way, providing the reader with an entertaining, if not occasionally heart breaking story that I would highly recommend you read. And the conclusion of the case is as heart thumpingly tense as it satisfying and yet also, at times, surreally calm. However Billingham has found a near perfect balance, blending Thorne’s irresistible charm, an element of humour and the day to day mundane realities of family life, with an overwhelmingly depressing set of statistics and a case which puts the lives of Thorne’s friends and colleagues at risk.

To those who disobey or ‘dishonour’ their family, a fate such as that which befell Banaz is sadly far more prevalent than any of us would like to accept.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 was a very hell bent woman and she was bound and determined to find the killers of her partner.

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