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Bloodline Hardcover – July 14, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 8 of 12 in the Tom Thorne Series

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"Chilling, moody, humane, and very, very smart... Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today."―Gillian Flynn

"Thrilling ... Billingham continues to captivate with equal parts suspense, deduction, and heart."―Publishers Weekly

"A compelling villain and the author's usual sensitivity to men and women pushed to the edge by their compulsions, their work or their families."―Kirkus Reviews

"Billingham skillfully ratchets up the tension as the person the police are hunting begins to taunt them. The book's final portion is a tautly crafted explosion of violence and sudden twists ... Billingham draws a complex and intriguing character in Thorne and surrounds him with an interesting supporting cast. BLOODLINE promises to bring him, and Thorne, a bigger audience on this side of the pond."―St. Petersburg Times

"Rich, heady, and gripping. A boss performance by Billingham, through and through."―George Pelecanos

"With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don't want to leave."―Michael Connelly

"Tom Thorne is the new superstar detective...Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader of crime fiction."―Lee Child

About the Author

Mark Billingham worked as an actor, a TV writer and a stand-up comedian before becoming one of the most critically acclaimed crime novelists in the world. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1 edition (July 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316126667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316126663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

A television series based on the Thorne novels is screening in the USA on Encore in June 2012, starring David Morrissey (from "The Walking Dead") as Tom Thorne and series based on the standalone thrillers RUSH OF BLOOd and IN THE DARK are currently in development with the BBC.

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Format: Paperback
Serial killers. The gift that keeps on giving. Fifteen years earlier London had been horrified by a string of gruesome murders perpetrated by Raymond Garvey. Three years ago Garvey dies in prison from a massive brain tumor. Now X-ray fragments found clutched in the hands of a new series of victims suggests someone is targeting the children of Garvey's victims. As Tom Thorne applies his particular talent for solving unusual murders to the new cases, it is apparent why Billingham is such a popular crime writer in England. Unsettled by a recent turn in his relationship with Louise Porter, a detective in another department, Thorne is frequently distracted by the tragedy the couple has faced, both parties still tentative with one another. At the same time, his instincts are critical in understanding this murderer's bizarre scenario, the crooked paths of this killer's mind. Thorne wants to get inside the brain of the murderer- but only deep enough to catch him. A bit standoffish to other detectives, Thorne is nevertheless thorough and well-respected. That his interior conflicts are revealed only humanizes this protagonist, making him a sympathetic character with an apt name.

Serial killers fascinate scientists, baffle law enforcement and terrify the public, but generate a lot of press, civic paranoia rising with each new murder, as well as pressure on the authorities to catch the killer. Billingham balances all these aspects in a tight plot with the odd bit of black humor to relieve the tension. The quirky Thorne is drawn to the hunt, the murderer's mind set haunting his thoughts on and off the job: "It's dark beats, the twisted melody of it. Like the first song you hear on the radio every morning that stays in your head all day." Familiar territory to this detective, never a disappointment to fans who expect a riveting denouement. Luan Gaines/2011.
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As a devoted fan of Mr Billingham's Tom Thorne series, I was disappointed that I could not find this newest novel in the series--that is until I went to Amazon and bought it from an individual. Fast shipping, book in brand new shape. Thank you a million times over that I did not have to wait until it was released in the U.S. I will do business with this person again. This is a thriller, police procedural with lots of suspense and plot twists throughout. I love this author and read anything and everything he writes. The Tom Thorne detective series is one of my favorites.
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Mark Billingham is a UK writer who is very, very good. This is his 9th book and the 8th to feature Detective Inspector Tom Thorne.

Thorne is a character along the same lines as Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus (Rankin is another master), if you like one, you will like the other. Thorne's London is not a pretty place and the world he does his work in can be quite bleak.

In this novel, people are being killed and the bodies are being left with a small piece of an x-ray in their hands. What is the reason for this and is there a common thread to the killings?

The story is entertaining and fast-paced, Thorne and the rest of the cast tend to be easy to read about and likable. The mystery is not that difficult to figure out but this is not the main thing, it is the writing of Billingham that always gets me involved. Another plus to his writing is that there is a realism to it, Thorne is no superhero, he is an ordinary man with personal demons.

I think Mark Billingham is getting better with each novel he writes and that is a very good thing for readers of quality fiction.
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Bloodline (US) is a really well put together novel. It works extremely well as a police-procedural, offers an excellent opportunity to explore Tom Thorne as a detective and in his personal life through the range of interactions he has with the people around him and has strong elements of a thriller about it as the book races to its conclusion.

Thorne is working a new case and it's not long before he finds a link between it and another one up in the Midlands. The obvious piece the murders hold in common is a section of an X-ray photograph. When enough bodies turn up, it becomes clear that there's another link, that to the now-dead serial-killer Raymond Garvey.

Once the fuller picture has been noted, there's a race against the clock. The bloodline of the title makes clear the identities of all the future victims. These people need protecting from the new killer; problem is, not all of them can be located and not all of them want to be put into protective custody.

Amidst all of this, Thorne is attempting to cope with his partner's miscarriage and the flood of emotions that he's damming up from the rest of the world.

The book is written from a number of points of view, including from that of the killer. This allows for a deep insight to the crimes and to the police-chase and is handled extremely well to maintain a strong pace all the way through, even in situations that are static.

Thorne's a superb creation. He's a very human, multi-faceted guy. As a DI, he's able to see the methods of the past and present merging and evolving and uses his updated, old-school approach to good effect. He has a hard edge to his rough diamond as well as a liquid-centre of kindness that leaks out when the occasional cracks appear on the surface.
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