The Burning Girl: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jun 28, 2005 - Fiction - 356 pages
20 Reviews

Some fires never go out ...

X marks the spot -- and when that spot is a corpse's naked back and the X is carved in blood, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is in no doubt that the dead man is the latest victim of a particularly vicious contract killer. It's morbid and messy -- but it's a mystery with plenty of clues. This is turf warfare between North London gangs. Organized crime boss Billy Ryan is moving into someone else's territory, and that someone is ready to stand up for what he believes is his.

Thorne's got plenty on his plate when he agrees to help out ex-DCI Carol Chamberlain rake through the ashes of an old case that has come back to haunt her. Schoolgirl Jessica Clarke was lit on fire twenty years ago. Now, Gordon Rooker, the man Chamberlain put away for the crime, is up for parole, and it seems there's a copycat on the prowl.

Or perhaps it's someone trying to right a serious wrong: Jessica Clarke was the victim of mistaken identity. The intended target was the daughter of a gangland boss, a woman who would grow up to marry the current leader, Billy Ryan ...

Thorne quickly identifies a tenuous link between the two crimes, and past and present fuse together to form a new, horrifying riddle. One that involves more killings, violence, greed, and a murderous family with no values -- except gain at any price.

When an X is carved into his front door, Tom Thorne realizes that fires, once thought to be out, continue to burn.

  

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Review: The Burning Girl (Tom Thorne #4)

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the Thorne series up until now, however I have to be honest and say that I struggled a little bit with this latest book (the 4th in the series). The writing itself is still ... Read full review

Review: The Burning Girl (Tom Thorne #4)

User Review  - Michelle Douglas - Goodreads

Another shocking case for DCI Tom Thorne and his team I felt this book showed another,and not so endearing,side to Tom Thorne.He was again 'involved' with a witness to the investigation-when will he ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
19
Section 3
31
Section 4
48
Section 5
65
Section 6
78
Section 7
90
Section 8
94
Section 19
227
Section 20
236
Section 21
246
Section 22
255
Section 23
263
Section 24
272
Section 25
284
Section 26
295

Section 9
103
Section 10
116
Section 11
126
Section 12
137
Section 13
150
Section 14
165
Section 15
178
Section 16
190
Section 17
206
Section 18
215
Section 27
300
Section 28
311
Section 29
317
Section 30
324
Section 31
329
Section 32
338
Section 33
351
Section 34
355
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About the author (2005)

Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried—all Times (London) bestsellers—as well as the stand-alone thriller In the Dark. For the creation of the Tom Thorne character, Billingham received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer, and he has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He has previously worked as an actor and stand-up comedian on British television and still writes regularly for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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