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Bloodline (Tom Thorne Novels Book 8)

Bloodline (Tom Thorne Novels Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Billingham
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Readers who have assiduously followed the upwards trajectory of Mark Billingham’s career -- and consider him their personal property -- are perhaps a touch resentful of the fact that he’s now one of the UK’s bestselling male crime writers. But it was only a matter of time before the mass of readers cottoned on to how on-the-nail such Billingham books as Lifeless and Buried are. Of course, his creation, the implacable DI Tom Thorne, is one of the most distinctive coppers in the genre, and has a legion of followers. After the much-acclaimed standalone In the Dark (in which Thorne took a back seat), Billingham's beleaguered copper is back in Bloodline, and it’s a welcome return.

Tom Thorne and his partner Louise have been trying to become parents, but then Louise suffers a miscarriage, which she finds devastating. Thorne tries his hardest to console her, but neither his words nor his actions seem to do the trick. At work, Thorne and his fellow detective Hendricks spend their time trading barbed one-liners, but they have a grim problem on their hands. There appears to be a disturbing parallel between several murders in the present and the gruesome career of serial killer, Raymond Garvey – but Garvey is dead, killed by a brain tumour. Thorne and Hendricks realise that a lethal individual is murdering the children of Garvey’s victims. It’s up to them to find out why – and quickly, before more innocent victims die.

The steady, understated accretion of tension is Billingham's strategy in Bloodline – as an author, he’s no believer in artificially manufactured climaxes every few chapters (as are some bestselling authors); Billingham, thankfully, is prepared to trust the reader’s patience and attention. And we’re in very capable hands. --Barry Forshaw


Billingham is a world-class crime writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books. --Karin Slaughter

Morse, Rebus and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us - don t miss him. --Lee Child

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (6 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3D9E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

A television series based on the Thorne novels was screened in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne and series based on the standalone thrillers IN THE DARK and RUSH OF BLOOD are currently in development with the BBC.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Line - Mark Billingham 9 Aug 2009
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I have been counting down the days to the release of the next Tom Thorne novel. In Blood Line, Thorne is searching for a killer linked to a previous case - that of serial killer Raymond Garvey who murdered 7 women 15 years ago.

I think this is a 5-star read:

* Characterisation - If you have read all of the Thorne novels you will have shared his professional and personal ups and downs. Now we see a more sensitive side to him, particularly given through his inner most thoughts when on the train or listening to a CD.

Alongside Thorne are the credible and rich characters of Phil Hendricks, Louise Taylor and Carol Chamberlain - all of whom bring out a different dimension to Thorne's personality.

*Dialogue -- This is so natural. The humour makes you smile and in general is not linked to the crimes themselves. It reminded me a little of RD Wingfield in the respect of the realism put across through dialogue.

* The strength of the plot. You may work out some clues as you go along but this will not detract from the plot or spoil the twists.

* The pace - There are times when the pace slows down to match when the investigation is not moving as fast as Thorne would like. Then in the last few chapters I found that I was racing through them to keep up with Thorne's necessity for speed.

* The writing is quality. I thought the opening chapter and how this links in later gave great impact and the plot's realism enhanced by giving us different first-hand perspectives from various characters.

I only had one slight criticism and that is the murderer's motive did not seem to come strongly across to me as in previous Billingham novels. Overall this is well-written and visual - when's the TV series coming out?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodline hits its Mark 25 Sep 2010
Once again, Billingham has served up an excellently plotted and finely crafted crime thriller.
The ongoing "subplot" with Debbie and Jason added an extra depth to the ongoing storyline, but also didn't patronise Jason as an intellectually-challenged child. Debbie's fragility and determination, and total involvement with her son drew a totally convincing (minor) character for us.

Tom Thorne is -- as always -- painted with very deft strokes. Billingham manages to portray him as a man not without personal doubts and insecurities, but at the same time, avoids the cliché of the "troubled hero".

The action is well paced, and the suspense is also fine-tuned such that we almost have our "ah ha" moments simultaneously with Thorne. Whilst hinted at, none of the plot devices is really telegraphed ahead too obviously.

All in all, a thoroughly well-recommended book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thorne in the side of the competition 22 Aug 2009
By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE
DI Tom Thorne is becoming one of the great characters in modern detective fiction. Over the course of the series that began with Sleepyhead, we've watched him evolve through various personal challenges, never losing his slightly world-weary, cynical approach to his life and career.

In Bloodline, Thorne is on the trail of a killer who is targeting the children of the victims of serial killer Raymond Garvey several years earlier. Garvey is now serving a sentence for his crimes but someone seems to be following in his footsteps. It's this intriguing premise which forms the core of the plot. Thorne is aided and abetted by a now familiar cast of colleagues: Brigstocke, Kitson, Holland, Hendricks and semi-retired Carol Chamberlain.

What makes this series so good is that the characters feel so much more real than in many regular police procedurals. The dialogue is realistic and the characters don't speak in cliches. Medical examiner Hendricks, Thorne's closest friend, is a perfect example, always adding a good deal of humour. Billingham's skills as a stand-up comedian lend themselves to his writing and balance the darker moments of his work. And perhaps because the characters do seem so much like real people, as a reader it's easy to grow to care for them.

Bloodline is another fine story with enough suspects, twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Whether read as a starting point to the series or in sequence with the rest, it's another highly enjoyable tale which should satisfy any lover of British crime fiction. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it today! 23 Jun 2010
My first Mark Billingham novel and I loved it. Full of suspense, well written, gripping plot. I'm definately going to order more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billingham never disappoints 17 July 2011
"He remembered some movie where the cop would stand in the houses where people had been murdered and commune with the killer....For Thorne, it just came down to wanting to know something about the victim...Something simple and stupid would usually do it. A picture on a bedroom wall. The biscuits they kept in the kitchen cupboard or the book that they would never finish reading...As for what went on in the mind of the killer, Thorne was happy knowing just enough to catch him and no more."

Emily Watson has been brutally murdered. There is no sign of forced entry so the obvious conclusion is that Emily knew her killer. As expected, the first suspect is her husband, but when a time of death is narrowed, George Watson has a perfect alibi. A teacher at a nearby school, George comes home for lunch everyday, stays an hour, and returns home for the day in mid-afternoon, except on Wednesday when he supervises a chess club. Emily is killed on a Wednesday; the killer has taken the time to know the Watsons' schedule. Clutched in the palm of her hand, is a piece of film cut from an xray. When other bodies are discovered, killed in the same way, another piece of the xray folded into the palm, the police, and the public, realize there is a serial killer at large. As the identities of the victims, male and female, are revealed, the murders take on an even more bizarre element. Each victim is the child of a woman murdered by Raymond Garvey over fifteen years ago. Garvey has died in prison but there are no shortage of books written about the murders. Someone is using the information about the Garvey killings as a script for these new murders.

Garvey killed seven women.
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Published 7 days ago by 1088 Barryo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As per usual. A great read, difficult to put down. Always a twist to the story. Can't wait to read more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Tom Thorne novel
Thoroughly taken in with the characters, and story line. Eager to read another so I can get more inside the characters . Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
Really enjoyed it, and the way it ended was very clever. The book kept getting darker in subject matter throughout.
Published 4 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written crime book
I have never read a Mark Billingham novel. When i was in my teens i use to read a lot of crime. I really enjoyed this audiobook. i would recommend the book to people. 5/5
Published 6 months ago by suenosueno
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
This is part of a series of books starring the detective Tom Thorne. Mark Billingham creates very believable characters and situations so if you like detective stories with the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Biscuit
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodline
~Really enjoyed reading this book, great author and as usual really good read. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys crime thrillers
Published 8 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars love this author
I have read two other books by this author and this one did not disappoint.There is always a twist to his stories and it is difficult to find the villain right up to the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rose Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood will out!
Bloodline (US) is a really well put together novel. It works extremely well as a police-procedural, offers an excellent opportunity to explore Tom Thorne as a detective and in his... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Obsessive cold case follow up
A female police officer follows up a cold case that defeated her late detective father. The plot is carefully revealed and the dramatic climax cries out for film or TV to exploit... Read more
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