(Tom Thorne, Bk. 1). 9 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 10½ hrs. HighBridge Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781622312870. $34.95; 9 CDs. library ed.; digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarBillingham's first novel (originally published in 2001) makes its debut on audio. Allison Willetts has survived being attacked by a serial killer who manipulates his victims' pressure points to induce strokes. The survival of this one girl, who can see, hear, and think but is now unable to move or communicate, holds the key to the killer's identity. Detective Inspector Tom Thorne soon unravels the killer's twisted agenda and sets out to prove his case. Simon Prebble's assured narration is mesmerizing and sure to keep listeners riveted.
VERDICT This excellent British police procedural with an original premise is a must for fans of the genre. ["With this first work, Billingham has concocted an intense, creepy variation on the serial-killer theme," read the starred review of the Morrow hc, LJ 8/02.]
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