SCAREDY CAT (Police Procedural) – G
Mark Billingham – 2nd in series

It is almost unthinkable that a single maniac would murder two women miles apart on the same day. Yet the evidence is leading Detective Inspector Tom Thorne to a stunning conclusion: there isn't only one serial killer on the prowl, but a pair of them, working in tandem. And any corpse that turns up in the future just might be accompanied by a second. To stop them both, Thorne must catch a man whose need to manipulate is as great as his need to kill.

Tom Thorne is a classically dark, English detective with the usually gang of very human fellow officers. But for that, I never had a real sense of the character. The plot is interesting, but so focused on character that it is way too slow at times and I found myself skimming, and when the killer is exposed I had to go back to figure out when he’d been introduced to the story. I have to admit being disappointed. It was an okay read, but nothing extraordinary.

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