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Death Message (Tom Thorne Novels) Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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Murder and mystery do not come better than this What's on in London Brisk, racy read The Times Assured and shocking thriller The Guardian A cunning variation on the serial-murder theme Sunday Telegraph
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I found this book a pretty good read. As always, the characters of Tom Thorne, and his colleagues come across as quite realistic, and believable. The plot is interesting, if not quite page turning, as we learn who the killer is quite early on. However, there is still 'whodunnit' elements to other parts of the story, so this is not a problem.
Overall, I find the the DI Tom Thorne series of books quite enjoyable, my only gripe being that there is a bit of 'sameness' about them. I would rank this book 'middle of the pack' in comparison with other books in the series.
It draws heavily on the events of The Burning Girl and helps smooth out some of the problems it caused for Thorne (and Billingham!) and kind of made me make my peace with ti as the weakest of the series. Its brave to go back to it and neaten it up a bit...
Death Message is sharp and extremely funny in places. Thorne is back on top form, the plot moves along well (Billingham really excels at a serial killer!) and some of the other supporting characters get a bit more of a look in which moves things along nicely and stops staleness.
Thorne is becoming so good he isn't just a replacement for Rebus, he's a serious rival...
Despite being part of a series of seven (so far) this works brilliantly as a standalone, so don't be put off by that. But if you have by chance read some of the others (for example: Scaredy Cat and Burning Girl) you will enjoy it even more.
It's classic Billingham and classic Thorne, and up there with the best of the series (Sleepy Head, Lazybones and The Burning Girl).
I can't believe after waiting a year and four months for this, I was done with it in two evenings! Arrrgh, now the agonising wait begins for the next instalment. There's almost 2 years to wait until the eighth Thorne book so you have the time to read the rest if you haven't already.
From Sleepyhead, and realising that there were still authors who could surprise, I was hooked. Seven books later and there seems to be no let up in the quality and consistency of these books. Each works as a stand-alone crime thriller, but as part of a series, like the previous reviewer, I'm left wanting more and can only expect you will be too!
Can't wait for the next Billingham novel even if Tom Thorne is only a cameo.
The main villian is believable and it is easy to feel the victims pain and DI Tom Thorne's frustration in his search at tracking them down.
The way the story moves between the past and the "now" shows the talent of Mr Bellingham.
So far, so good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would give the book 5 stars as I really enjoyed the story apart from the really foul language, there is really no need to use this of language so often.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
great books by this author - wouldn't be surprised if they were made into films or tv series. If you enjoy British detective stories you'll love thesPublished 2 months ago by janice
Excellent read with Tom Thorne's unorthodox methods working as always to solve the crime and he finds time for some life with Louise.Published 4 months ago by Ken S
not read it yet but if it is as good as all his other books it will be great thanksPublished 6 months ago by geoffrey woodward