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Sleepyhead, by Mark Billingham

I picked this up via BookMooch after it was picked for World Book Night four years ago, despite one disrecommendation, and have finally got around to reading it. It's a very gruesome crime novel, of a serial killer who is obsessed with our police detective hero and who attacks women to prove a point. It's well constructed - the love lives of the main characters become intertwined with the plot, and there is an elegantly constructed red herring. The murderer's modus operandi is very memorably horrible. Not wowed enough to seek out other Billingham novels but I won't ignore them if they fall in my path.

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mcbadger
Nov. 21st, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
I came across this as an audiobook (unabridged; I get through a lot of audiobooks during marathon training) with Allison's chapters read by a woman, the rest by a man. Effective. Similar reaction to you overall; haven't yet got round to reading any more.
girfan
Nov. 21st, 2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
I have read all of his books except for the latest (I tend to wait for paperback) and really like them. I find it interesting that parts are set in north London-I am familiar with. I like Tom Thorne and lots of the minor characters too. One of the later books features another police person and Tom Thorne is a minor character. Sky did a mini series starring David Morrissey as Thorne (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1610518/?ref_=nv_sr_1) who is the actor Mark Billingham had in mind when writing the books.
inulro
Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:47 am (UTC)
My reaction exactly. I have read another one, but I can't remember which one it is. Perfectly functional bus reading, but nothing that particularly stands out (and I read a lot of crime fiction).
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