Mark Billingham is always solid fare. His thrillers rank amongs the better of the current batch of fictional detectives, in this case Tom Thorne.
Stuart Nicklin is a dangerous prisoner who has a chance to redeem himself slightly by showing where another of his victims are buried.
This takes Tom on a dangerous journey to an island off the Welsh coast which used to host a children’s home. Nicklin killed someone there and managed to escape.
Additional dynamic elements are added by the inclusion of another prisoner on the trip and the prison guards.
It has all the classic elements of a detective tale and is just as you might expect. I do wonder how long Tom Thorne would be in the Police if he behaved in the ways he does. Some of the decisions are great for literary devices but do not make any sense whatsoever. As a result the book feels completely unrealistic, which is a shame because it has a nice back story and a good premise.