The character of Thorne is just complex enough to be really interesting without overdoing it and is very much one of my favourite literature detectives ( I don’t know any real life ones so can’t comment on how realistic a copper Thorne is – but he is believable and realistic for me as a reader!) The plot centred around London’s homeless and dispossessed is good with some cracking one-liners – there’s a particularly memorable line about McDonalds!!!!
As with other Thorne novels there are good supporting characters which are familiar like Holland and Hendricks and some equally good one off characters like Spike. As ever with these books I didn’t spot the killer at all – but that just adds to the enjoyment.
Thorne is a big Tottenham fan in the books – to date Mark Billingham’s books for me do what i think Spurs fail to do – they are consistently good!!!! – and this one is no exception.