Taking place over three action-packed days, this is the fastest and most surprising Thorne thriller yet from Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham.
Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagents on her way to work. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but she is about to come face to face with a gunman.
The hostage-taker is desperate to know what happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding Helen at gunpoint, he will force a re-investigation into his son's death. And one man knows the case better than any other - DI Tom Thorne.
As the body count rises, Thorne must race against time to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.
“The best thrillers make you see familiar territory in a new light. Mark Billingham has always done that.” ― Sunday Telegraph
“Taut and tense, with an unusually sympathetic hostage-taker.” ― The Times
“With DI Tom Thorne's 10th outing, Mark Billingham proves he's a real contender for the title of the nation's top crime writer.” ― Daily Mirror
“Utterly engaging... The series' page-turning credentials remain more than intact.” ― Independent on Sunday Books of the Year