I received a free ebook of this title in exchange for a fair review from NetGalley.
This is book 16 in the Tom Thorpe series by Mark Billingham, but it is set back in 1996, so pre- everyone has a cellphone and internet access and tons of CCTV and other resources to solve crime- era. In his personal life, Tom is struggling with his ongoing divorce from Jan. He is also dealing with his aging parents in the midst of this high profile case.
The case the book is centered on involves a kidnapping of a young boy. The boy, Kieran, disappears on a play date with a friend. Two boys enter the woods and only one comes out. Tom finds himself with an incredible amount of leads to follow up on and narrow down. There are plenty of red herrings and suspicious characters to engage the reader in the investigation along with Tom. This was a suspenseful and well paced police procedural.