Cry baby / Mark Billingham.

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      First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
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      Summary: "In the summer of 1996, two boys run from a playground into the adjoining woods, but only one comes out. DS Tom Thorne takes on a case that quickly spirals out of control when two people connected with the missing boy are murdered. As London prepares to host the European soccer championships, Thorne fights to keep on top of a baffling investigation while also dealing with the ugly fallout of his broken marriage. A prequel to Billingham's acclaimed debut Sleepyhead-which the Times voted "one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade." This compelling novel highlights the case that shaped the career of one of British crime fiction's most iconic characters"-- Provided by publisher.
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PW Reviews 2020 June #5

Set in 1996, Billingham's superb 17th novel featuring Det. Sgt. Tom Thorne, a prequel to the series debut, 2001's Sleepyhead, focuses on the search for seven-year-old Kieron Coyne, who's kidnapped while playing in North London's Highgate Wood with his best friend, Josh Ashton. Though their mothers, Cat Coyne and Maria Ashton, are supervising nearby, a distraction makes Maria look away when Kieron is snatched. Josh is too distraught to give details of the kidnapper. Thorne and a team from the Metropolitan Police comb the area and interview possible witnesses. That Maria is divorced from Josh's father, and Cat's boyfriend, Kieron's father, is in prison for violent assault create complications. Suspects include Dean Meade, who claims to be Kieron's biological father, and the boy's teacher, Simon Jenner. Despite being embroiled in a nasty divorce, and contending with his antagonistic boss, Det. Insp. Gordon Boyle, Thorne tenaciously perseveres. Billingham adds tantalizing red herrings throughout. The book's masterly ending features a heart-stopping chase to apprehend Kieron's surprising kidnapper. Established fans and newcomers alike will be thrilled. Agent: David Forrer, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)

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