Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Blood Line Blood Line
by Mark Billingham
Little, Brown

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Alan Robson

Blood Line is another book in Mark Billingham's ongoing series about Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. This time the murder victims are the children of people who were themselves murdered fifteen years previously by a serial killer called Raymond Garvey. Presumably somebody who was close to Garvey and who disagreed with the verdict and sentence is taking revenge now that Garvey himself has died of cancer.

Billingham specialises in writing books about unlikely serial killers with bizarre motives. Somehow, despite the inherent silliness of the premise, he always makes the reader believe in the situation and the long, slow process of tracking down the killer is nerve-wracking as the tension rises. Part of the reason for this willing suspension of disbelief by the reader is the well rounded personality of Tom Thorne himself. He's a sympathetically drawn character with very human foibles and it is very easy for the reader to identify with him.

Blood Line is essentially a silly and unrealistic book, but I enjoyed it immensely. Mark Billingham's novels are always a treat.

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