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The Burning Girl

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The Burning Girl

By Mark Billingham

Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060745271, 400pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2006


Once burned . . .

By rights, the horrific schoolyard crime should have been laid to rest twenty years ago. An alleged perpetrator confessed and now is growing old behind bars. But the case still haunts ex-Detective Chief Inspector Carol Chamberlain -- and she has asked DI Tom Thorne to uncover a disturbing truth that lies buried in the ashes.

A series of brutal gangland slayings -- each victim found with an X gouged into his back -- has Thorne plunging into the fires of a deadly turf war, as he attempts to tie together the threads of perplexing crimes separated by decades. But time is rapidly running out in his search for a copycat who revels in blood and pain -- because the body count keeps rising . . . and someone has carved an X into Tom Thorne's front door.

Praise For The Burning Girl

“A disturbing and ruthlessly compelling novel.
-Sunday Express (London)

“[An] edgy contemporary thriller...a satisfyingly complex plot.”
-Sunday Times (London)

“A ruthlessly compelling novel.”
-Sunday Express (London)