The annual Mark Billingham novel is Good as Dead
, this time around setting Thorne against the clock to reinvestigate a murder that had been written off as suicide. A corner shop owner suddenly snaps and takes two of his customers hostage, demanding that Thorne find his son's real killer. It sort of marks a crossover with Billingham's one-off novel In The Dark
, as one of the hostages is that book's heroine, Helen Weeks. I seemed to race through this one which has to be a good sign; and as ever in among the dark subject matter there's a few remarks to make me chuckle as well. Although I did predict the minor twist that happens in the book's epilogue. And I wish the series' titles (the publisher's suggestion?) hadn't got so generic in recent years; I guess people just don't know it's a crime novel without the word "dead" on the cover.