Love Like Blood (Tom Thorne Novels)

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Love Like Blood (Tom Thorne Novels)

Love Like Blood (Tom Thorne Novels)

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Tanner is convinced that Susan’s death was a case of mistaken identity and that Tanner herself was the real target.

Like many people, I watched the first episode of the TV series Written In Blood in which Simon Toyne interviewed Mark Billingham about the case which inspired his book, Love Like Blood. And his friendship with Phil Hendricks, and with this book in particular, Hendricks' casual bantering with Tanner, provide the moments of much needed light relief you come to rely upon. Instead, Billingham personalizes the issue by giving us relatable characters of all stripes who are just trying to live their lives. The idea of honour killings - be it for love or some other inferred shame - is the central premise of this book.

While there is a bit of a car chase, there is nothing heroic about it, and while there is also a bit of gun fire it seems that everyone misses. However according to the police many of these crimes are unreported and if you include assault, mutilation and kidnapping in with honour based violence then the figures are totally staggering. Readers will be familiar with Tanner from Mark Billingham's last novel, Die Of Shame, as she was the straight-laced DI tasked with uncovering a murderer. Her partner Susan has been brutally murdered, and Tanner is convinced that it was a case of mistaken identity and that she was the real target.

Performing alongside Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Doug Johnstone and Luca Veste, this band of frustrated rockers murders songs for fun at literary festivals worldwide.She’s set upon by two assailants who squirt bleach in her eyes and then go on to do the unspeakable. The more that they look into the reasons for Susan's murder, the clearer it becomes that it could well be linked to a series of open cases, potential honour killings, that Tanner had been working on.

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.Aside from the plot, the statistics about the number and nature of the honour killings in the UK (further explained in an author's note at the end) are chilling and defy belief. The subject matter is very well chosen and of the moment, the police investigation of the finest, the characterization and familiarity of the "cast" most welcome, and the perpetrators Muldoon and Riaz evil and well suited to the task of hired assassins.

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