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Book review: Bloodline 
1st-May-2010 01:32 pm
The publication schedule seems to have gone back to what it was a couple of years ago, meaning that at this time of year I can look forward to the latest Mark Billingham thriller coming out in paperback. After Billingham gave his lead character a break last year, with only a cameo appearance in In The Dark, DI Tom Thorne is centre stage again for Bloodline. Billingham always seems to come up with a new twist to his serial killers, and this time it's a blast from the past: Years ago Raymond Garvey murdered 7 women, now someone is tracking down the victims' children and killing them too. I'm running out of things to say about Billingham's books as I've enjoyed them all. Now in the 8th Thorne novel, he's convincingly given Thorne a private life you can care about, and built up a lot of the supporting cast, this time around giving one of my favourites, semi-retired policewoman turned "cold case" expert Carol Chamberlain, a slightly bigger role. If anything I enjoyed this one more than usual, at one point racing through over 100 pages on one bus journey. I seemed to go from "about halfway through" to "nearly finished" without even realising, which must surely be a sign of a good book.
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