"...Billingham is at the top of his game..."
Billingham returns to familiar territory with Tom Thorne and his companions after a brief hiatus where he wrote the standalone thriller, Death Message.
DI Tom Thorne returns to what looks like an uncomplicated domestic murder. However upon finding an X-ray fragment in the victim's hand, the case takes a more sinister tone.
Thorne's investigation uncovers the fact that the victim's mother was murdered by a serial killer, Raymond Garvey, 15 years previously. The body count rises and Thorne is faced with the task of tracking down the killer before he manages to kill any more of Raymond Garvey's victim's children.
The killer turns out to be one of the most deranged that Thorne has ever had to face.