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  • Listening Length: 9 hours and 13 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • Release Date: 23 May 2013
  • Language: English

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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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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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It kind of pains me to do this but I found this a bit boring. I've been a fan of the Thorne series from the start and have read every one. But with this one I found myself looking at the percentages left on my kindle and wishing them to get to 100 quickly. And when the book finished on 94% I was quite happy.

To me there seemed no tension or intrigue, no mystery or thrills. The reason why the crimes were being committed was dull, you knew who was doing the crimes and why they were doing them pretty soon on in the book. And it seemed that a large percentage of the book was Thorne going from one crime scene to another, whilst at the same time trying to justify to his nearest and dearest why he was investigating these crimes.

In this book Thorne has been demoted, so he was not really supposed to be investigating these crimes and was doing it 'on the side'. But that got weary very quickly, as you were always thinking just tell your colleagues. Yes I know he tried at the start, but try again if a serial killer is out there on a killing spree. I know it's not a documentary, but lone copper working out the connection but the rest of the whole police force can't as the bodies mount up? Really? It was kind of explained at the end why the rest of the police did not work it out, but that just felt extremely contrived and a easy cop out to try and justify the whole premise of the book. The team of Kitson and Holland were shoe horned in a bit but never really got involved in the story.

There were a few twists but you could see the majority of them coming, and I guessed who the protagonists would be at the finale and what situation Thorne would likely be in pretty early in the book.
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