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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847444199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847444196
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A rollercoaster of a read... confirms Billingham's status as one of the finest crime writers around Daily Express Taut and tense, with an unusually sympathetic hostage-taker The Times

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Thorne is back, and bigger than ever

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128 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2011
Format: Paperback
The last Mark Billingham book I read was In The Dark, which I found a refreshing and successful change for the author, both in writing style and in taking the focus away from his regular character DI Thorne. It wasn't a change that was to everyone's taste however, so while I was slightly disappointed to find that Good As Dead is back more or less to the standard procedural of crime investigation with Tom Thorne back in the driving seat, that's still not a bad place to be, demonstrating as it does the author's strong authentic characterisation and awareness of the contemporary issues relating to police investigation. Often that's in relation to the difficult areas of race, social, political and internal police affairs, but Billingham also introduces a few interesting touches of its own here in what turns out to be an intriguing case.

At the start however, Good As Dead seems like it's setting up a fairly standard situation, when the Indian owner of a cornershop, seemingly fed-up with the daily hassle and abuse he has to put up with from young kids, cracks and barricades himself into the shop, holding a couple of hostages at gunpoint. One of the people being held is police officer Helen Weeks (introduced in In The Dark), and it's no coincidence either. The man, Mr Akhtar, is actually upset about the death of his son Amin, who recently died in a prison cell. Akhtar doesn't believe the official verdict of suicide and he's going to hold the siege for as long as it takes for DI Thorne, who was involved in the original case, to find out the truth behind his boy's death. Time is of the essence and, looking into the matter, Thorne - with help from his regular team of officers - indeed finds that something isn't quite right about the case.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Mackenzie on 21 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
DS Helen Weeks goes into her local newsagents for a bar of chocolate and some chewing gum. Within minutes she and a fellow customer are being held hostage at gunpoint by the owner Javed Akter who believes his son was murdered whilst in prison despite the official verdict being suicide.

Akter insists that DI Tom Thorne reinvestigates what happened and retore justice otherwise he will kill his prisoners.

This was a completely gripping book with action alternating between what was happening inside the shop, the responses of the hostage negotiators and Thorne's investigations. It was impossible not to feel sympathy with many of the characters as they were all well rounded and believeable. I had no idea how the book was going to end and it was only towards the end that Thorne's investigations dominated the storyline.

Brilliant installment in the series- can't wait for the next one now!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Hugh Glen on 28 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once more Mark Billingham is to be commended for the absolute readability of this finely woven story for me he has steered clear of falsely pushing Thorne into an atypical behaviour, and has faith in the readers that we will understand the dialect and speech used which is as usual delivered powerfully
This is a masterful story a real page turner and yes I found myself unable to put it down until I had finished, I just can't wait for the next outing from the masterful story-weaver.
At the start though, "Good As Dead" look as if like it's planning a somewhat standard state of affairs, when the Indian owner of a corner shop, apparently sick and tired with the day after day aggravation and aggression from a gang of youths.
I found the story captivating the description of all the characters is simply outstanding and Mark makes sure that Tom Thorne is not a hero, but a man attempting to do a demanding job.
" Good as Dead" has a couple of things that facilitates its ascent to being one of the best woven crime thrillers I have read.
This is the 10th Tom Thorne book and the progression shows no slowing down or tiredness the growth of the Tom Thorne character over the last few books is great and to keep to this intensity of superbly woven stories is a demonstration of the gift that this master story weaver mark Billingham has.
To finish I cannot recommend Mark Billingham's books enough and I await the next instalment with great excitement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 28daysearlier on 13 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Mark Billingham is a great writer and his creation, Thorne is a great character. That aside, I did have some reservations about reading this, mainly due to the experience I had with the DVD of the TV adaptation which pretty much everybody i knew had been raving about. Billingham seems to have been involved and was very positive about adaptation. I have to say I didn't like it. It changed important aspects of the books for which i can find no reasonable justification. It left me feeling a little burned so it was going to take a great Thorne book to take the unpleasant taste away.

I shouldn't have worried, because Billingham provides us with a great new Thorne story with a real momentum and urgency which is created by the hostage situation at the heart of the story. The urgency of the hostage situation both serves to severely constrain Thorne's investigation but it also provides him with the motivation to cut through the usual red tape and barriers that surround a murder investigation, not least an investigation where everyone is convinced that no crime has been committed.

Billingham continues the deconstruction of Tom Thorne. In the last novel he had Tom questioning his career choice and now a slightly older and wiser character, Thorne has lost confidence in his 'gut'...his instinct, and he is more determined to follow investigative procedure and logic and the irony of this decision was not lost on me because Thorne is forced by the urgency of the hostage situation to take (somewhat implausible) life and career threatening action to bring the story to it's cracking climax.
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