The Last Dance: A Detective Miller case - the first new Billingham series in 20 years
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It's always fun to read what would be the start of a new series. The Last Dance introduced an interesting character in Detective Sergeant Declan Miller. He definitely grated on my nerves in some parts of the story but the writer was able to flesh him out by giving insight to the grief he carries due to personal loss. His off-key jokes and quips sometimes didn't land for me but when they did - boy were they a hit. Not just a new, totally different, protagonist from Mark Billingham but also a massive change in writing style. The book is littered with constant corny, yet clever, jokes; some are laugh out loud funny. So very different from the Tom Thorne series.
A great start to a new series from Mark Billingham. I love the Tom Thorne series so had to give this a go, and I wasn’t disappointed. A double murder in a seaside hotel sees grieving Miller return to work to solve what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. Just why were two completely unconnected men taken out? ABOUT THE 'LAST DANCE': Meet Detective Miller: unique, unconventional, and criminally underestimated...With a distinctly loose relationship with reality and a new partner to deal with, can eccentric, offbeat Miller find answers where more traditional police have found only an impossible puzzle? About This Edition ISBN: With a distinctly loose relationship with reality and a new partner to deal with, can eccentric, offbeat Miller find answers where more traditional police have found only an impossible puzzle?
I enjoyed the people and the story. I’ve never read Billingham before, but as this is obviously #1 in a new series, and as the author has left scope for continuing with these characters, I will be standing by for Miller’s next outing. Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us—don’t miss him.”— Lee ChildAfter 20 years and 18 Tom Thorne novels, Mark Billingham is going for a complete change of pace with this new series. Whereas Tom was a quite conventional character (although he had some weird friends), right from the first chapter we can see this new protagonist, Detective Sergeant and ballroom dancer Declan Miller is a total oddball. When a serial killer targets London street people in British author Billingham's gritty fifth police procedural to feature detective Tom Thorne (after 2005's Burning Girl), Thorne, a psychological Continue reading » Readers rejoice! A captivating new series from Mark Billingham, the very best in the business' --- RICHARD OSMAN