By Mark Billingham

Excellent strangers. an ideal vacation. the right murder...Three meet round the pool on their Florida vacation and turn into quick pals. yet on their final evening, their ideal vacation takes a sad twist: the teenage daughter of one other holidaymaker is going lacking, and her physique is later discovered floating within the mangroves. while the surprised go back domestic, they continue to be in touch, and over the process 3 more and more fraught dinner events they arrive to grasp each other higher. yet they don't continually like what they locate: buried underneath those it seems that common exteriors are a few darkish secrets and techniques, hidden kinks, gruesome vices...Then, a moment woman is going lacking. might or not it's that this sort of six has a mystery a ways darker than anyone can think? A brilliantly plotted, totally gripping mystery in regards to the risk of creating associates on vacation, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's such a lot bold and entire paintings to this point.

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An hour tops to get there, I reckon. ’ He sat down at the fringe of the mattress at the back of her and unbuttoned his blouse. He kicked his loafers off, lay again and unzipped his denims. Sue concept the adventure will be extra like an hour and a part, yet stated not anything. She switched the hairdryer again on. ‘What do you think that the home could be like? ’ Ed shouted. She switched the hairdryer off back. ‘What? ’ ‘The condominium? Angie and Barry’s. ’ Sue considered it. ‘Blimey, I’ve received no concept. sleek … uncluttered. Very fresh, I’m guessing. She struck me as somewhat a fresh freak. ’ ‘Big television, certainly. ’ ‘We’ve received an incredible TV,’ Sue acknowledged. ‘Yeah, yet ridiculously great. you know the way it really works … the fewer style the folk have gotten, the larger the reveal. Fifty-inch plasma to monitor Deal or No Deal. encompass sound audio system in order that they don’t leave out any of the discussion on EastEnders. ’ ‘Garden gnomes? ’ ‘Every chance,’ Ed stated. ‘And a few of these little stone animals at the patio. Oh, and that i wager you they’ve received a kind of indicators over front door, with the identify of the home made up from their very own names. ’ ‘Definitely,’ Sue stated. She rubbed moisturiser into her arms. ‘Barrangela. ’ ‘Angelarry. ’ Ed laughed: dry and speedy. ‘Just like their ridiculous e mail address,’ he stated. ‘Angiebaz, for God’s sake …’ within the reflect, Sue watched as her husband stood up, donning basically his underpants, and took the step throughout to face in the back of her chair. She observed the glance on his face. She became. ‘Really? ’ ‘Bags of time. ’ He reached down for her arm and lifted her from the chair. She was once respiring seriously as he eased the skinny straps from her shoulders, ran his fingers throughout them, then driven her down directly to her knees. once she had got rid of his underpants, he moved his toes aside a bit to regular himself. Took a handful of damp hair into his fist. stated, ‘Do it. ’ They have been not more than a couple of toes clear of the window and, taking a look down, Ed may see a girl strolling a puppy at the a ways aspect of the line. He watched her as he driven his hips ahead, prepared the dog-walker to look up and spot him, yet she didn't. Sue seemed up at him notwithstanding, her eyes extensive as she labored. ‘I imagine their apartment could be choked with reasonable, grotesque tat,’ he stated. ‘Trinkets and tat. ’ His voice was once quieter now, spitting out the phrases like they have been hairs in his mouth. ‘I guess there’s crystal glasses from a petroleum station and nasty white leather-based sofas. I wager we’ll have easily purple at the stereo and after-dinner mints. I guess there’s integrated his-and-hers wardrobes and a bidet of their ensuite and that i warrantly there are great matching bedside tables, the place he can stuff his wank-mags beneath his copies of the Reader’s Digest and she or he can conceal her Rabbit in between her knickers …’ Sue moaned in contract, in approval. He pulled away and advised her to wake up. To get at the mattress. ‘I’ll want one other shower,’ she stated. He shook his head. ‘I just like the scent of it on you. i love having the ability to odor myself on you …’ ‘Who am I? ’ She dropped directly to the mattress, became over and crawled in the direction of the wall. ‘Who do you need me to be?

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