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Detective Tom Thorne is back - trailing the most vicious and cunning serial killer he has ever encountered. When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead. When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges. A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey's victims. Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer's list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted...
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, 2009.
ISBN: 9781552788035
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,23 cm.


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May 10, 2012

This is an entertaining police procedural with just enough about the protagonist's personal life to make it interesting. Excellent plot and well drawn characters--what more could one ask of any novel?

Mar 11, 2011

I was a big fan Ian Rankin and his Detective Rebus series but now that I've stumbled upon Billingham 's latest, FROM THE DEAD as well as BLOODLINE, I'm hooked! Can't wait to start from the beginning with SLEEPY HEAD. Excellent writer, terrific storyteller.

tomato Nov 14, 2010

Superb thriller - keps you guessing until the end!

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