Scaredy Catby Mark Billingham
“Taut, gripping, and stylish. Billingham delivers a chilling exploration of power and submission. Unputdownable.” —Time Out
The second novel in Billingham’s Thorne series, Scaredy Cat picks up with Detective Inspector Tom Thorne eight months after the Sleepyhead case has come to a close. Now Thorne and his team are in pursuit of an even more vicious serial killer. When two women are murdered on the same day in London, each killed in the same manner and circumstances, Thorne and the Serious Crime Group (West) are left with conflicting evidence and no leads. But the detective soon realizes that they are looking for two killers, not one. As bodies pile up and dark histories are uncovered, Thorne must throw the rules out the window—working with killers, manipulating the press, and suspecting his fellow officers, and learn the hard way that a case is rarely what it seems.
“Mr. Billingham has created a story as frightening as it is riveting. Pushing the English police procedural to another level.” —The Dallas Morning News
“Scaredy Cat is an incredibly satisfying and engaging thriller.” —Karin Slaughter
“Like the best of British and American crime writing rolled up together and delivered with the kind of punch you don’t see coming.” —Lee Child
“This is not a whodunit in the classic sense, and that makes it all the more intriguing.” —Sukey Howard, Bookpage