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on 25 July 2013
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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on 16 May 2016
I do love Tom Thorne and the way everything he does gets him into trouble, such a great character and with every book I've got to know him better.

Mark Billingham brings Tom Thorne to life, the plot line is dark and gruesome but not blood and guts just for the sake of it. The story captures you from the start and I hope Tom Thorne continues to cause mischief and mayhem wherever he goes FOR EVER.

Well done a Mark another fantastic book.

Thanks Karrie
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on 9 October 2017
Love the whole Tom Thorne series and The Dying Hours continues to catch you the minute you get into the first page. I have a little difficulty with the premise of 'going back to uniform in the same rank' as a punishment though. It's all a little 'old world '70's' for modern day policing. That aside though, another great book.
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on 5 April 2017
Tom Thorne at his very best even though he's back in uniform and mis-behaving as usual but also right as usual. Some nice twists and a great read throughout.
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on 16 August 2017
Was very disappointed in this book after reading the previous one, just wanted the story to get to the point.
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Mark Billingham continually writes brilliant novels. His characters are strong & easy to identify with - very real which sadly makes you care! That makes you become involved, but I don't mind a bit. Great plot & would love to see this televised as a drama. Enjoying a Billingham novel is a given
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on 17 September 2017
delighted
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on 28 May 2017
Great!
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on 14 July 2014
It's pretty okay, but I got the impression that previous instalments were more interesting. A couple of elements in the book seemed obvious - like why the elderly would willingly kill themselves.
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on 21 April 2014
The by now a well stereotyped formula of a detective at odds with his superiors and going it alone. Very little to engage ones attention in the plodding working out of the plot. Disappointing compared with the author's earlier work.
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