|Blood Line is another book in Mark Billingham's
ongoing series about Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. This time the murder victims are the
children of people who were themselves murdered fifteen years previously by a serial
killer called Raymond Garvey. Presumably somebody who was close to Garvey and who
disagreed with the verdict and sentence is taking revenge now that Garvey himself has died
Billingham specialises in writing books about unlikely serial killers with
bizarre motives. Somehow, despite the inherent silliness of the premise, he always makes
the reader believe in the situation and the long, slow process of tracking down the killer
is nerve-wracking as the tension rises. Part of the reason for this willing suspension of
disbelief by the reader is the well rounded personality of Tom Thorne himself. He's a
sympathetically drawn character with very human foibles and it is very easy for the reader
to identify with him.
Blood Line is essentially a silly and unrealistic book, but I enjoyed it
immensely. Mark Billingham's novels are always a treat.