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17 Jun 2014 Thomas Thorne (Book 12)

The Deal

Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried twenty-five years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him.

The Danger

Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

The Deaths

But Nicklin knows this island well and has had time to plan ahead. Soon, new bodies are added to the old, and Thorne finds himself facing the toughest decision he has ever had to make...

Tom Thorne returns in this utterly gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller. The Bones Beneath is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

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  • Audio CD: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Highbridge Company; Unabridged edition (17 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622314042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622314041
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,671 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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Brilliantly evoking the spooky island atmosphere, the tension of this macabre thriller is lightened by humour and believable characters (Sunday Mirror)

An atmospheric, gripping story with a superb ending (Sunday Express)

Strong plotting and an all-too-plausible villain reveal just how good Billingham is, and confirm Thorne as a memorable, flawed hero (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The new Tom Thorne thriller from No.1 bestselling author Mark Billingham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 9 Jun 2014
By Biglad
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sorry to say it but this is the most disappointing Thorne book I have read. I'm happy to suspend belief and allow some poetic license but this stretched things too far - the whole premise on which the book is based - on an island with a prisoner dictating terms (and bringing his 'mate' along) just isn't credible and I found it difficult to get beyond this. Roll on the next one I'm sure it will be back to the usual standard......
PS I feel very disloyal writing such a negative review......
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing :( 6 Jun 2014
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As a dedicated fan of Mark Billingham (and Tom Thorne!) I was so excited to get this newest release, but for the first time in all of Billinghams books I was left feeling disappointed. Three quarters of the way through the book and I was still waiting for it to warm up....for the twist to kick in, my jaw to drop in surprise and to spend the rest of the day thinking "well I never saw that coming!". Sadly that never happened, and Thorne didn't progress in his usual brash style. Not what I've come to expect from the Thorne series, but no one can be brilliant all the time so I wait with anticipation for the next book.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 12 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Mark Billingham books or have done up until now. This plodded along with a sad inevitability. It was boring leading to a not very exciting twist and the escape was woefully predictable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful - worst Thorne book ever 24 Jun 2014
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Guys, this is the worst Thorne book ever. I am seriously considering not buying anymore of Billingham's books. Without spoiling the plot it does not get the least bit interesting until you are 85% of the way through the book and then the ending feels rushed. The villian is also not bad enough. Avoid this book and spend your time reading something else.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Billingham is at the top of his game 22 May 2014
By BookAddictShaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book for free in return for my review

I seem to be repeating myself every time I finish the latest books by my favourite authors by saying it was their best book yet, but this really was! I can't believe it's the 12th Thorne book. That is a huge achievement for any author and as this was the best book yet I am hoping Mark will be writing Thorne books for many more years to come. Thorne is easily one of the best fictional detectives ever created and one of my all time favourite male characters. I just love reading about him.

The book kicks off immediately getting us reacquainted with Thorne and his colleague Dave Holland. In the previous book Thorne almost lost both his life and his job, he was already close to losing it anyway, being back in uniform and unable to follow the rules (for newbies, following rules isn't really Thorne's strong point...) however in this book Thorne is back out of uniform and is once again in charge.

DCI Russell Brigstocke has some bad news for Thorne. Stuart Nicklin, one of the most evil characters Thorne has ever put away has decided to tell the police where a body is that he buried 20 odd years ago on a remote Welsh island. The only problem is he will only show Thorne, and so Thorne has to escort Nicklin to this Welsh island in the hope of actually achieving something and not being given the runaround. Nicklin however wants to bring along a friend, and Thorne has a few conditions of his own, choosing the people he will be taking with him for a start.

Stuart Nicklin is an evil but extremely fascinating character to read about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Time for Tom Thorne to be retired 9 Aug 2014
Format:Hardcover
I have read every single Mark Billingham novel and I would count myself as one of his biggest fans.
However, this is the worst novel of his I have ever read. The premise isn't believable and the whole novel seemed to have been written with the island as the reason for it being produced with the plot as a secondary consideration.
The ending appeared rushed, the whole thing felt like it was being padded out throughout and it was just really below par for a man of his considerable talent and worst of all, it was just boring.
I'm going to put it down to a blip and wait for the next one but please, retire Tom Thorne and come up with something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorne sharper than ever 5 Aug 2014
By J. Wise
Format:Hardcover
CRIM king Mark Billingham’s novels seem totally effortless. Let’s rephrase that: the way he delivers his story, it just seems to flow, like he never even has to burn a cell in his brain to get it all to work and fit and make you feel like you’re sitting in the passenger seat of his comfy car and he’s reeling off an anecdote. But you can bet hundreds of hours’ work has gone into whittling down and crafting each step in the latest of his series character Tom Thorne’s adventures.

And it’s paid off…The Bones Beneath is a banker for your holiday read. OK, so there’s the ‘WTF’s that all about?’ prologue to kick things off, like just about every book these days, but then we’re right into the newly re-promoted detective’s swing. His boss has lumped him with a joyless task, or rather a sicko killer has forced the boss’s hand. Stuart Nicklin, a psycho Thorne’s only too familiar with, has stirred it up by coughing to a killing 25 years earlier and telling the victim’s mum he can show where the body’s buried. Thing is, he’ll only lead the way if his old nemesis Thorne is along for the ride to bleak Bardsey Island off the Welsh coast.

Seems straightforward, but Nicklin knows the isolated area and has a stack of rotten tricks up his prison issue sleeves. What nasties has he managed to lay on for the London-based, Country music-loving cop? Loads, obviously, and not necessarily credible ones but that’s not the point here.

What drives the reader along is the tension and the interaction between Tom and Nicklin, helped along by a handful of sidekicks and a good helping of well-weighted humour. Taking a series character with a huge following like Tom Thorne out of his and the readers’ familiar territory is an ace move by Billingham which many others would have found hard work to pull off.

But in his best book yet, he’s done it effortlessly
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not up to his best
Published 1 day ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is by far the best Tom Thorne novel. The tension created by Mark Billingham is palpable and, of course, the story is left open for another episode. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking read
Tom at his best. Great story line and the arch enemy is back. Not sure Phil will ever recover. Kim
Published 2 days ago by K. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GOOD READ
Published 2 days ago by Steven Guest
1.0 out of 5 stars The book needs burying!
What a shame, bought this hoping for the usual gripping read. I wouldn't bother.
Published 3 days ago by James B.
1.0 out of 5 stars wooden characters and frankly tedious plotting. By the way please get...
Sorry Mark, just not in any way a 'Tom Thorne' book. Unbelievable setting, wooden characters and frankly tedious plotting. Read more
Published 4 days ago by BRIAN J DAVIES
3.0 out of 5 stars O.K., but not upto his usual standard
I am a huge Mark Billingham (and by extension, Tom Thorne) fan. I've read all his books and enjoyed every single one of them immensely. Read more
Published 4 days ago by N. Cozens
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific return for Thorne fans
I love all the Tom Thorne novels and this doesn't disappoint. The dialogue between the main characters is typically witty and sharp and moves the story along nicely. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ben Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Are they all like this?
My first Tom Thorne book and probably my last if they're all like this. Can't believe some of the ecstatic reviews on here for what was a piece of utterly predictable yet totally... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Penelope Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Excellent reading as per usual, hooked from the first page, and fantastic twist. I am already desperate for the next in the series. Thankyou Mr Billingham
Published 9 days ago by jane
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