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Luke Mullen, sixteen year old son of a former high-ranking police officer, has disappeared, presumed kidnapped. While no-one quite dares to voice the fear that he could also be presumed dead, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is brought in to beef up the squad dedicated to locating the missing boy. The first thing the team looks for is anyone with a grudge against Luke's father, a man who'd put a lot of tough villains away in his time. A list quickly emerges, but Thorne discovers that ex-DCI Tony Mullen has omitted the name of the most obvious suspect; a man who'd once threatened him and his family, and who, after serving time for his original crime, is now the main suspect in a murder which has been unsolved for four years. Is this a simple oversight - understandable considering the trauma of his son's disappearance? Or is it something more telling? Aware that he does not have the luxury of time, Thorne searches desperately for connections and leads, but learns that secrets are as easily buried as bodies, and that assumptions are the enemy of truth.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, c2006
ISBN: 9780316730501
Branch Call Number: F BIL NVD


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Oct 27, 2016

A good plot with some interesting twists, a few deaths, a racial crime and even the beginning of a romance for Thorne.
As usual Thorne is the disgruntled cop, unpredictable, not always liked with his dry sarcastic humour. As he digs further in the case of the kidnapped Luke, all is not as it seems with secrets long held by Luke's parents, the father being an ex DCI.
It is suspenseful right to the end but this British crime novel does not have a lot of character development. But I did enjoy it and will be continuing with the Thorne saga.

bartbilbo Apr 16, 2014

Really enjoying the Thorne series by Billingham. He's as good as Kellerman and Sandford.

Jan 27, 2014

another great read, the story is believable, the characters so real especially Thorne. I couldn't put it down....I highly recommend

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