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Publisher's Summary

From number one best seller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real.

A bloody massage

As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful.

A powerful ally

Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts.

A conspiracy of silence

As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

©2017 Mark Billingham Ltd. (P)2017 Little Brown

Critic Reviews

"Groundbreaking and gripping." (Sunday Times)

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  • 06-08-17

Brilliant

Another excellent work by Mark Billingham - tackling a tough subject with great skill and compassion
Keep sharing Tom Thorne with us Mark

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  • Ms. L. Chalkley
  • 06-03-17

Strong research, impassioned views yet delivering twists

Another strong work. Some of the twists jarred the flow for me - but understandable. Thorne is on his home turf. The tension between cosy, familiar and hackneyed or formulaic is tackled well by Billingham, by submersion in a subculture of crime - this time of 'honour violence' for hire. Couple of story arcs seemed stretched, but hey! Great audio performance and so much work has gone into it. So many crime writers have to turn out so much, Billingham's standing out for his research and creation of fleshed out characters in today's London.

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  • 06-05-17

Poor reading

Would you try another book written by Mark Billingham or narrated by the narrators?

I had to give up as the narration was dull and unispiring. Earlier Thorne novels were much better. Some parts of what I manged to plough through were really quite turgid and seemed to take ages to get to any significant action.

Has Love Like Blood put you off other books in this genre?

Not the genre just the performance

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

Robert Glenister

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Why bother

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  • P. S. Elliott
  • 07-12-17

Love like blood

A most intriguing story which is apparently true! It is scary, somewhat violent but also gives us an insider look at other culture. I hope that honour killings are sorted out, prior to the death of someone, and that people will realise that no matter the reason, it is MURDER! Great writing and narration and very up to date with today's events and our way of living.

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  • Salemagal
  • 07-05-17

Brilliant storytelling - serious subject

Superb narration by Mr Billingham, et al. Tough subject and didn't see the twist coming!

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  • Andrew
  • 06-28-17

Best since Sleepyhead

This is a great addition to the Thorne series. I've read and listened to all of them. There have been some great novels and some just okay ones, but this is up there. It deals with such a broad range of themes so brilliantly and some of the scenes are so well written. I loved it and I'd highly recommend it if you've read others in the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-18

Brilliant

One of the best books I have read. It is unbelievably scary what people will do to one another for no reason.

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  • Crime Fiction Groupie
  • 03-16-18

Good Thorne instalment

Have followed Tom Thorne from first book, and this is a solid instalment - not earth shatteringly good, but moves his story and character on to some degree. The honour killings storyline was interesting. Tanner didn't come off as likeable or lifelike as some of the other subsidiary characters we've seen in the past. But, all in all, enjoyable.

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  • D. Miller
  • 01-27-18

Mark Billingham never lets us down

Mark Billingham is possibly the best author the UK has to offer. I can highly recommend all of his awesome novels.

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  • Tracie
  • 11-06-17

One of the best from Mark Billingham

I've listened to a few of Mark Billingham's latest books back to back and this is the best of them. Mark's narration is always spot on, very easy to listen to and good characterisation. The use of additional narrators in this book worked well too, and wasn't jarring as it sometimes can be. As has been mentioned the subject matter is a brave one to tackle, but appears to be well researched and is sensitively handled.

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  • Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh
  • 12-17-17

At last a great book with a believable finish

I loved the plot and its wider socio-political context. It's delicate and difficult to write about crime among minority religious groups, or even majority religious groups but Mark Billingham treated his subject with respect. There was enough subtle research to make the various characters very believable. I recently asked for a refund for the dreadful disappointment by a crime writer who should know better. Mr Billingham has more than compensated. In his story, we didn't have the lead detective threatening to kill anyone, least of all the murderer. Instead we had Mark Billingham doing what he's paid to do. Creating a very satisfying end to a well narrated and beautifully written tale. And no. I haven't given Mark 5 out of 5 for every story he's written. This one's a six.

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  • julie
  • 06-22-17

great listen

loved this book, details and information very refreshing, and educational regarding different faiths, brilliant, thank you Mark