Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it. Francis Bacon
For Claire, as they all are.
He could tell they were coppers the second he clapped eyes on them, but it was something in how they stood, in the formal awkwardness an the way their features set themselves into an overtight expression of concern, that drilled a hole right through to his guts; that sucked the breath from him as he dropped into the chair the female officer had advised him to take.
Askins was smiling as he turned away. 'From someone with very long arms...'
Thorne looked at the picture, feeling the pulse quicken at the side of his neck. There were times when he couldn't see what was staring him in the face, but this, for better or worse, was his area of expertise. Thorne knew a dead man when he saw him.
Delivering the "death message." That's what cops call those harrowing moments when they must tell someone that a loved one has been killed. Now Detective Investigator Tom Thorne is receiving messages of his own: photographs of murder victims sent to his cell phone.
Who are the victims? Who is sending the photographs? And why is he sending them to Tom Thorne? The answer lies in the detective investigator's past, with a man he had once sent to prison for life. But even behind bars, the most dangerous psychopath Thorne has ever faced is still a master at manipulating others to do his dirty work for him. And Thorne must act fast because the photos keep on coming, and the killer's next target is someone the detective investigator knows very well. . . .
thorne knows next victim plays ends against the middle all's fair love and war (hardboiled)
DI Tom Thorne has seen many dead bodies in his time. But when he starts receiving sick photos of murder victims on his mobile phone, he soon realises that the next body could be his. Even when the sender of the photos is traced, for some the case is closed, but Thorne's nightmare is just beginning. Even behind bars, the most vicious psychopath Thorne has ever faced is able to manipulate others to do his dirty work for him. This psycho bears a grudge against Thorne, and time has only deepened his need to make Thorne's life a living hell.… (more)