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In The Dark

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A young man named Theo is a low level member of the gang; he is convinced by one of his best friends, “Easy”, to elevate himself into the higher ranks so that he can score a larger share of the profits of the group. Also, the cover says that the heroine's explorations make her a target, but I never saw any sign of that. Brocklehurst’s latest creation for the BBC is an adaptation of Mark Billingham’s novel – a work which earned Billingham the title ‘The British Dennis Lehane’ from one literary critic.

Billingham produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished book.

Again, this wasn't a big enough distraction to ruin the story, but it was enough to unsettle the pace of reading, especially as the pace and intrigue was kept fairly high. As heartless as that seems, he actually has some reason to feel that way—several months earlier, Helen had a brief affair, and he is not convinced that the baby is his.

South-east London gang life was a bit of a turn-off but it gradually got more immersive when the investigation got going. Gritty, fierce, and moving, here is a must-read for anyone who likes their crime fiction unflinching and unforgettable. It's a story that could have been lifted directly from the newspaper headlines – gun crime in London, gang violence and bystanders caught up in what happens.

Shots are fired at a car one rainy London night, and it swerves onto the pavement, killing a man at a bus stop. Mark Billingham has (I hope temporarily) set aside his compelling series featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne and given us instead In The Dark, a stunning novel demonstrating an even greater mastery of his craft. Shame, as it detracted from my enjoyment of a book that, taken on its own merits, is pretty damn brilliant. Things get even worse though, when a violent death changes her life for ever, and puts her at risk as she tries to find out the truth.

In the second story, a heavily pregnant Helen is pulled into the dark side of urban Manchester as she deals with an unexpected tragedy. Except the Lewisham of this book is not quite the Lewisham I know, Here it’s home to nothing but gangs of drug dealers and juvenile thugs, where violence is only ever seconds away from hitting the streets. The concept of an 8months pregnant cop on maternity leave, sounds bizarre, but her drive is equal to Tom Thorne's and her quest to find the truth behind the killing of the father of her unborn child is relentless. Helen and Paul are joined by pathologist friend Phil Hendricks as they become further embroiled in the abduction case. Based on Twattingham's career in stand-up comedy, I'm starting to think, nay, hope that this book is just one loooong elaborate joke.Gritty, fierce, and moving, here is a must-read for anyone who likes their crime fiction unflinching—and unforgettable. I’ve always enjoyed the way that Mark Billingham portrays the dark underbelly of London streetlife and this thrilling novel is another great example.

Paul is hit by a Car when he is out drinking with his friend, It looks like it was a freak accident involving a Woman in one car and some would be young Black Gangsters in the other car. This was at a point where I simply had to know what happened and I ended up turning down a good night's sleep as I felt compelled to see how things ended.

A SHOCKING TWIST In a city where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. This engrossing story brings the darker side of London to life in stark shades of gray, elevating the standard cops and criminals fare to a level of social observation that is insightful and saddening. The most interesting thing – the central murder mystery – could have been gone into further, and carried on for one more episode, at least, with more character development and more resolution of plot/character strands that had been set in motion.

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