Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne #2)
It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at London's Euston station, followed her home on the tube, strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of King’s Cross station. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murder of two other women, stabbed to death months before on the same day.
It is Detective Inspector Tom Thorne who sees the link and comes to a horrifying conclusion. This is not a serial killer that the police are up against. This is two of them. Finding the body used to be the worst part of the job, but not any more. Now each time a body is found, Thorne must live with the knowledge that somewhere out there is a second victim, waiting to be discovered. But whilst the methods might be the same, the manner of the killings is strikingly different. Thorne comes to realize that he is hunting two very different killers. One is ruthless and in control, while his partner in crime is submissive, compliant, terrified.
Thorne must catch a man whose need to manipulate is as great as his need to kill, a man who will threaten those closest to Thorne himself, a man who will show him that the ability to inspire terror is the deadliest weapon of all.
Praise For Scaredy Cat (Tom Thorne #2)…
“A plethora of pleasures in these pages.”
“Billingham does a masterly job of creating his characters. . . . Narrator Simon Prebble gives an electric performance that is excellently paced. Mystery fans who like complex plotting, detailed character development, and realistic psychological suspense will relish this title.”
—Library Journal [starred review]
“Scaredy Cat, narrated by the always-spot-on Simon Prebble, . . . is a great way to get to know the thorny, edgy, driven detective.”
HighBridge Company, 9781622312900, 690pp.
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
About the Author
MARK BILLINGHAM has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel and also a Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer. Before becoming a bestselling crime thriller writer, he worked as an actor, television writer, and stand-up comedian. He lives in London with this wife and two children.