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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802121489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802121486
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,658,532 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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Praise for "The Dying Hours" "No one currently working the British scene tops Billingham for mordant intensity, whether Thorne is surveying the latest scene of an apparent suicide or just trying to explain why he called in sick."--Kirkus Reviews "It takes but two short pages for the first twist to be revealed in Mark Billingham's latest Tom Thorne mystery, "The Dying Hours," and a very good twist it is. . . . Thorne is an exceptionally well-drawn character, ably supported by a cast of complex colleagues and truly disagreeable villains, although at times you will have some question as to which is which. The Dying Hours is a fine addition to what is already one of the best crafted police procedural series in contemporary fiction."--BookPage "Mark Billingham's troubled detective inspector is one of those riveting characters who is almost likable in spite of himself, somewhat dour in personality but possessed of a dry sense of humor, seemingly unable to close the deal on a long-term relationship, an aficionado of American country music. Yes, complex would be the word, just like a great number of us. It is these personality elements of Thorne's, combined with Billingham's sharp plotting and extremely interesting murderers, that keep readers on both sides of the Atlantic coming back again and again. . . . "The Dying Hours" may be my favorite Thorne book to date. Billingham lets the reader and Thorne get separate pieces of the same puzzle independently and work toward each other, even as the killer gladly surrenders to a thirst for revenge that will never be quenched. And the ending? Let's just say that there is good news and bad news for newcomers and longtime fans alike. Strongly recommended for both."--BookReporter Praise for Mark Billingham: "Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us--don't miss him."--Lee Child "Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writ

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Tom Thorne returns in a breathtakingly gripping new case --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pigwin on 25 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a result of a bungled hostage situation a while ago, Tom Thorne finds himself no longer part of the Murder Squad but effectively demoted to Uniform Patrol although he does retain the rank of inspector. Tom is not a happy chappy and, not surprisingly, has yet to settle into his less than welcome posting, but he does get along very well with his new female colleague who is in no danger of falling for Thorne's dubious charms!

When there is a spate of suicides in the area Thorne believes the apparently separate incidents are linked and are murders rather than suicides but when he outlines his concerns to the powers that be in his old squad he is told, in no uncertain terms, to butt out. This of course does nothing to deter Thorne and he initiates his own covert investigation in his own time while calling on a few long-suffering and loyal ex-colleagues in the Murder Squad to help him clandestinely.

While there are no real surprises in this novel it is nevertheless gripping and exciting and a compulsive read. I consider Mark Billingham to be a a master of the detective fiction genre and over the course of his previous novels I have become quite fond of Thorne who may be a thorn in the side of his superior officers and a thorny live-in lover(I know awful pun) but still remains dedicated to the job and a very humane and all-too-human person.

This book ends on a bit of a question mark so I hope Mark B carries on where he left off in the next Tom Thorne outing.

I would certainly recommend this novel to fans of detective fiction and/or thrillers.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Romancrimeblogger on 26 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
I highlighted Mark Billingham's new Thorne novel on The Crime Warp, a blog I write for. Although I've not read all of his books - I'm more of a dabbler - the ones I have read have been enjoyable and I particularly liked his recent non Thorne novel, Rush of Blood, where nothing was quite what it seemed throughout - just as you thought you'd understood one of their characters, their lives are revealed to be a little more complicated than you first thought.

Well, to Thorne. He's been busted down to uniform as a punishment for his reckless actions in Good as Dead. The freedom's he had as a detective are gone. He now has to attend the muster for each shift and go out on patrol to deal with the daily grind of volume crime. His personal life has changed, seemingly for the better though - shacked up with Helen Weeks and slowly becoming a father figure for Weeks' boy Alfie.

Thorne becomes suspicious about what looks like an elderly couple that have just committed suicide. His detective's antennae are twitching - it looks like murder but the evidence is thin. Just as you'd expect, he can't let it go. He goes to see the CID team, but is humiliated by the detectives and soon makes an enemy of DCI Hackett who describes himself as "a fat bastard but far from jolly". Thorne can't let this go and starts an unofficial investigation. He's quickly on the trail and calling in favours from his old friends Hendricks, Holland and Kitson, as well as lying to Weeks about what he's doing and where he's going. The chase hots up as we see the killer speeding up his murder appearing as suicide spree. As you'd expect Thorne and his unofficial team work out who the killer is, and then.....

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun 2013
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It was a very real sense of anticipation that I embarked on reading The Dying Hours, the latest instalment of the hugely successful D.I. Tom Thorne series. Having been disappointed by the standalone, Rush of Blood, and bemoaning the hiatus in this series, I was itching for Billingham to return to our troubled detective Thorne with his thorny (excuse the pun) professional and personal life...

Our maverick hero returns, busted back to uniform after the destructive events of Good As Dead and he's mad as hell. Caught in an impasse between his uniformed and CID colleagues, with neither side appreciating his presence, Thorne quickly irritates them all further having noticed that a spate of seemingly straightforward suicides is anything but. Thorne adopts his traditional determined stance becoming increasingly frustrated with the antipathy of his colleagues and their stalwart position that there is not a murderer at work, and that these are indeed just suicides. Enlisting the albeit reluctant help of some his former colleagues- well, the ones that still deign to give him the time of day- Thorne and his able sidekick, the marvellous pathologist Phil Hendricks, seek to get to the bottom of the mystery by fair means or foul. This is where Billingham excels in this series, with the sharp interplay of Thorne and his colleagues that supports what, to my mind, was quite an un-engaging plot. I didn't particularly care who was committing the crimes nor in the motivations of the exceptionally dull killer, so most of my pleasure was derived from Thorne and his cohorts, putting themselves at professional and personal risk as Thorne bullishly seeks to keep his investigation under the radar, despite the problems this causes.
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