Mark Billingham – The Killing Habit

Launguage: English | Size: 309 MiB | Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins

The Author

Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

A television series based on the Thorne novels is screening in the USA on Encore in June 2012, starring David Morrissey (from “The Walking Dead”) as Tom Thorne and series based on the standalone thrillers RUSH OF BLOOd and IN THE DARK are currently in development with the BBC.

The Books

From “one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today” (Gillian Flynn), The Killing Habit again brings together favorite wild-card detective Tom Thorne and straight-laced DI Nicola Tanner on a pair of lethally high-stakes cases.

While DI Nicola Tanner investigates the deadly spread of a dangerous new drug, Tom Thorne is handed a case that he doesn’t take too seriously, until a spate of animal killings points to the work of a serial killer. When the two cases come together in a way that neither could have foreseen, both Thorne and Tanner must risk everything to catch two very different killers.

Review

Yvonne Eve Walus: Totally good, totally in character, you will love this addition to the series. You can probably start here if you’re a newbie, but a word of warning: you’ll soon become a fan and want to read all the previous books, too.

Kenneth C. Mahieu: “The Killing Habit” (KH) is the 15th in Mark Billingham’s Thorne series; I have read them all. I have rated most of the previous books 5’s and 4’s, but I did not enjoy KH as much as most others. The story lacked tension, and I put it down often. For me, there was too much uninteresting family life, too much bickering, too much gloom. Thorne seemed to have aged to a short tempered and nasty old man since the last book. I did not find the case(s) especially interesting either. I’ll certainly read Thorne # 16, but if it’s not significantly better than KH, then sayonara to TT.