NY: Morrow, 2005.
DI Tom Thorne of the London Metropolitan Police is not a hero. He’s not even an anti-hero. In fact, he can be a very unpleasant sod, even to the few colleagues he actually likes. But when it comes to unraveling a killer’s background and motivation, there are few better. Unfortunately for Thorne, in his last case he went considerably beyond the bounds of professional conduct, and while he seldom indulges in guilt, he’s been wearing a hairshirt for awhile. Add to that the fact that the case involved organized crime and he’s not at all sure whether the death of his Alzheimer’s-ridden father in a house fire was really an accident or retaliation from the mob, and Thorne’s gradual downhill slide may be picking up speed.