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The Burning Girl (Tom Thorne Novels Book 4) by [Billingham, Mark]
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The Burning Girl (Tom Thorne Novels Book 4) Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 181 customer reviews
Book 4 of 14 in Tom Thorne Novels (14 Book Series)

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With The Burning Girl, Mark Billingham steps away from the inventively vicious serial killers of his earlier thrillers to have his police detective Thorne investigate something equally unpleasant--the men who kill for money not kicks and the gangsters who ruthlessly employ them. Thorne's retired friend Carol put Rooker away years ago for setting fire to a girl--whom he mistakenly believed to be the daughter of gang-boss Kelly; the girl did not die, then, but wished she had. Now someone is ringing Carol, saying it was them that burned the girl, and Rooker is promising to tell the truth; Ryan, Alison Kelly's ex-husband and her father's chosen successor, is caught up in gang warfare with a new North London Turkish mafia. As always, Billingham delivers psychological insights you half wish you didn't have, along with a profound sense of just how far the damaged Thorne will go in the name of justice. Anyone who knows North London will recognise this as being as atmospheric as it is moody--Billingham continues to develop from book to book. --Roz Kaveney

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With The Burning Girl, Mark Billingham steps away from the inventively vicious serial killers of his earlier thrillers to have his police detective Thorne investigate something equally unpleasant--the men who kill for money not kicks and the gangsters who ruthlessly employ them. Thorne's retired friend Carol put Rooker away years ago for setting fire to a girl--whom he mistakenly believed to be the daughter of gang-boss Kelly; the girl did not die, then, but wished she had. Now someone is ringing Carol, saying it was them that burned the girl, and Rooker is promising to tell the truth; Ryan, Alison Kelly's ex-husband and her father's chosen successor, is caught up in gang warfare with a new North London Turkish mafia. As always, Billingham delivers psychological insights you half wish you didn't have, along with a profound sense of just how far the damaged Thorne will go in the name of justice. Anyone who knows North London will recognise this as being as atmospheric as it is moody--Billingham continues to develop from book to book. --Roz Kaveney

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZRCM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 181 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 July 2014
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: I have thoroughly enjoyed the Thorne series up until now, however I have to be honest and say that I struggled a little bit with this latest book (the 4th in the series). The writing itself is still great although in this particular book I found it more difficult to get into the story. When corpses appear with an X marked into their skin, Thorne is as usual tied up with the case. Enter the organized crime Boss Billy Ryan and the stage is set. However, for some reason the booked lacked the spark that previous books have had.
Recurring characters such as Chamberlain and Tughan appeared but I just felt like they didn’t go anywhere. I’m actually struggling to review this book as although it was far from terrible, it almost felt like it was written in a hurry or without any real spark, which is certainly a world away from the usual Billingham style. The chapters flowed relatively well but the overall feeling was that it was failing to spark any real interest, beyond completing another stage of the Thorne books.
I’m still certainly a fan of Chamberlain and hope we continue to see her in future books. However, I was disappointed with the lack of characters featured such as Holland and Hendricks. It may sound like I am being really picky and I promise you I’m not. I’m sadly failing to be all that articulate either, but I think you get the gist.
Overall, it seems like this book was solidly written but lacked its usual oomph. Having said that I will eagerly move on to book 5 as soon as my ridiculously long reading list
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I was engrossed right up to the last page. The author keeps you guessing, just when you think you got it. But no it's some one else. Good read.
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Loved the story, the usual twist and turns, Mark Bilingham at his fantastic best till the last few chapters. Can't believe Tom Thorne for all his rugged style would stoop so low as to torture a person, for me ruined a fabulous book. Would have been another 5 stars apart from that.
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I love the DI Tom Thorne books so I've been going back to read them in order. This is definitely recommended as the earlier ones show the development of the character of DI Thorne. This book in particular covers important points in the back story.
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Wow..... a great story I'm now hooked
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Read the first three Tom Thorne books and was totally engrossed in each one from start to finish so was eager to read this fourth book in the series. Although I enjoyed it I found it not to be as gripping or intense as the previous three. Am now reading Lifeless (Tom Thorne book 5) and so far 30% in Mark Billingham seems to have re-found the intensity missing in The Burning Girl.
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Great!
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Never a dull moment with Tom Thorn novels. He comes across as a real person with the same strengths and weaknesses as the rest of us, yet somewhere underneath there is that steely determination to get justice. A gripping read that you won't want to put down.
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