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Mark Billingham’s RUSH OF BLOOD

This is Mark Billingham’s second stand alone effort from the Thorne series and like In The Dark his writing and the structure he adopts is very different. We go outside the world of Thorne and other policeman and Billingham has to create three very different couples. He also updates the classic holiday whodunit. But instead of couples being away at an old English estate the book centres on three couples holidaying in Florida. The only thing they really have in common is that they’re all British but they fast become friends. On their last night in Florida a young girl goes missing and is later found murdered. This shared event brings the six of them closer together and on returning to Britain they begin meeting regularly for dinner where their conversations invariably leads back to events in Florida. But when another girl goes missing in similar circumstances, this time in Britain, suspicions fall on one of them. Only which one is capable of such a horrible crime? And how well do they really know each other?

The story is told from each of the 6 holiday makers’ perspective as well as the detective in Florida in charge of the first case and his British counterpart. You’re also taunted by the unknown killer but Mark Billingham manages to keep you guessing until the final pages. The ending is not what you’re expecting and there’s a nod to Thorne fast thrown in too. If you haven’t read Mark Billingham before, give him a try with this book and then you might give the Thorne series a go too.

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ISBN: 9780751544039 ISBN-10: 0751544035 Classification: Crime & mystery Format: Paperback (203mm x 128mm x 30mm) Pages: 480 Imprint: Sphere Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publish Date: 25-Apr-2013 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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