The Burning Girl

The Burning Girl

eBook - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Some fires never go out... X marks the spot -- and when that spot is a corpse's naked back and the X is carved in blood, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is in no doubt that the dead man is the latest victim of a particularly vicious contract killer. It's morbid and messy -- but it's a mystery with plenty of clues. This is turf warfare between North London gangs. Organized crime boss Billy Ryan is moving into someone else's territory, and that someone is ready to stand up for what he believes is his. Thorne's got plenty on his plate when he agrees to help out ex-DCI Carol Chamberlain rake through the ashes of an old case that has come back to haunt her. Schoolgirl Jessica Clarke was lit on fire twenty years ago. Now, Gordon Rooker, the man Chamberlain put away for the crime, is up for parole, and it seems there's a copycat on the prowl. Or perhaps it's someone trying to right a serious wrong: Jessica Clarke was the victim of mistaken identity. The intended target was the daughter of a gangland boss, a woman who would grow up to marry the current leader, Billy Ryan... Thorne quickly identifies a tenuous link between the two crimes, and past and present fuse together to form a new, horrifying riddle. One that involves more killings, violence, greed, and a murderous family with no values -- except gain at any price. When an X is carved into his front door, Tom Thorne realizes that fires, once thought to be out, continue to burn.
Publisher: [United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2009
Made available through hoopla
ISBN: 9780061873980
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 21, 2017

REad the first four of the series of UK police procedural that has Tom Thorne as the protagonist. Not a fan of the first two which were too messy, too creepy and filled with too much extraneous detail. The second two have been enjoyable.

rb3221 Oct 18, 2016

The plot revolves around the gangland feuds in London and an old case about a burning girl and how the two fuse together. Thorne is the anti-hero, tired and almost defeated but always driven.
I especially enjoyed the short sections from the burning girl's perspective.
The constant flipping between the various sub plots was distracting as was the occasional rambling of the author with Thorne's thoughts, which did not make it a seamless read.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

For anyone lucky enough to have caught Mark Billingham at this year’s Writers’ Festival, listening to Mark read the opening chapter of his latest mystery was enough to set your spine atingle and take your breath away. The story is set in London, where a psychopath is on the loose and the turf wars between the North London gangs are heating up. For anyone who enjoys Ian Rankin this is another mystery author well worth reading.

mikeyppl Feb 25, 2012

Another excellent story in the series. The diary of the young burn victim was heart breaking.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at my library

To Top