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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751548766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751548761
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lazybones confirms our sense of Mark Billingham as a thriller writer determined to put ever more inventive spins on the police procedural and the serial killer novel. His police officers--hard-working Country fan Thorne, pierced gay pathologist Hendricks and the rest--find themselves on a case that raises complicated issues for them; they have continually to remind themselves that dead rapists have as much right not to be raped and murdered as anyone else.

Billingham's tricksiness--he tells us just enough of what the killer is thinking to keep us intrigued and confused--goes along with a real sense of London's back streets: the shabbiness of small hotels and the lonely hours of the early morning. The case involves not only pursuing present cases, but chasing up back-story; among all its other merits, this is an intelligent and humane discussion of changing attitudes to rape and its investigation. There was a time, after all, not so long ago, when police regularly failed to take rape seriously enough to get convictions. This is not just an ingenious thriller--Billingham makes us care what happens to Thorne, who is in far more jeopardy than he ever begins to know. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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LAZYBONES is insanely gripping, the type of book that can rob you of a whole night's sleep. The dark humour is perfectly weighted, the rhythm of the prose is perfectly quick and our hero is likeably dishevelled and careworn Big Issue An excellent thriller Dublin Evening Herald A compellingly satisfying police procedural that never loosens its grip on your throat Daily Mail LAZYBONES is meticulously researched, as interesting as it is enjoyable Daily Mirror

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Format: Paperback
“Lazy Bones” is the third in the Mark Billingham series of DI Tom Thorne thrillers. I’m a little surprised in reading the other reviews here that state that readers found this one not as good as the previous two as I, on the other hand, found this one to be far much punchier and pacier than both “Sleepy Head” and “Scaredy Cat” and was certainly the one I have enjoyed the most so far.
Another killer is stalking the streets of London only this time he seems to be targeting a section of society that perhaps deserves their comeuppance, convicted rapists. In what is also a large dose of their own medicine, the killer’s methods are violent and frightening in both their mode and severity.
DI Tom Thorne and his trusty sidekick DC Dave Holland are back to solve the case in a team that includes a couple of new members and also the appearance of ex-DCI Carol Chamberlain a member of a team of ex coppers who are sifting through the mountain of unsolved cases.
The book goes much in the way of fleshing out both Thorne’s character and that of Dave Holland. Thorne is having to cope with the slow fall of his father into senile dementure and Holland is coping with the thought that he’ll be a father in the not too distant future. Both sub-stories are good and go a long way to make this police duo stand out from the many that have gone before them. Carol Chamberlain, as I say, is a great addition to the fold, bringing a steely motherly touch to Thorne and if what I read in the taster for the next book in the series, “The Burning Girl” is true she’s due to appear again.
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This was a really great whodunnit. The writing style is so direct that we almost feel we are there for the ride along with DI Thorne. I love the way Thorne's character has developed since Billingham started writing - he's one of those really honest detectives who always says things as they are and gets to the issue with no nonsense. The action parts of the story - the detecting - are fast and atmospheric and contrast with the more opaque writing we get when allowed, bit by bit, into the twisted mind of the killer. I really think that Billingham is a very under-rated crime writer and feel that his books are on a par with, if not better than, some of the big names out there.
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Having read Mark Billingham's two previous books I was rather disappointed that this one was not quite as punchy and fast paced as its predecessors.
Still a very good read regardless. The storyline keeps you guessing and I found myself deciding it was one character then another and then back to the first one again. I still wasn't quite right at the end but did have suspicions.
I would recommend it but read Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat first and you will probably see what I mean!
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This is the second book I have read by Mark Billingham and again I was not disappointed. It made for compelling reading and had me gripped right from the start. I really like the way this author fleshes out his main character - D I Thorne so well.. He presents him as a human being as well as a senior detective on the hunt for a killer and we get to know him intimately in his private life also (perhaps too intimately at times) as 'the plot thickens' and he pits his wits against the mind and actions of the serial killer - perhaps too well at times! The author pulls no punches in revealing D I Thorne's personality and some readers may possibly be offended. We get to know his assistant D C Holland as a person rather than just a policeman too and his presence as a friend as well as Thorne's 'side kick' helps to inform the reader of Thorne's vulnerabilities as well as his dedication and determination to 'get his' killer. The author also gives us a fascinating as well as elusive portrait of this vicious serial killer throughout the book as this twisted man speaks to the reader regularly throughout the book. We discover how he arrived at the point of beginning to kill. I don't
like spoilers so have done my best not to include too much detail. The book kept me guessing throughout as there is no shortage of suspects and twists and turns, expertly manipulated by this talented author. I personally rank Mark Billingham as up among the very top crime writers. Don't miss him if you enjoy this genre.
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The third in the Thorne series concerns vigilantism and a horrific cold case with repercussions for the present.

Lazybones disturbs and entertains in equal measure. We also learn more about Billingham's main character, Thorne. He is not the macho archetype of the first couple of novels, but rather a multi-layered and more complex individual. Here he is much more sensitive and vulnerable - has he found someone at last to share a solid relationship with?

Holland and Hendricks are both on fine form again and bounce off Thorne very well. They are all very different people but share a camaraderie through experience and shared knowledge. I am pleased that Billingham devotes time on these supporting characters and does not just focus on Thorne. Because of this they are more believable and not mere foils.

Holland is dealing not just with the stresses of his job, but also with impending fatherhood; whereas Hendricks is coping with his on-off relationships.

Thorne of course is still into his country and western music, strong lager and Spurs - but he is also having to deal with his beloved father's increasing ill-health and dementia.

This is not just about the case then, which makes this a cut above your standard crime fare. I like and care about these people, which is hugely important to the direction and development of the story.
I was equally intrigued and repelled by the plot - there is plenty of mystery and action. The only thing that lets this down slightly is that I had managed to work out what was going on before the final pay off - yet this was still an exhilarating read.

On this evidence, I am certain that Billingham will continue to provide us with engaging and hard-hitting contemporary British crime thrillers.
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