- Series: The Di Tom Thorne
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1 edition (February 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802122132
- ISBN-13: 978-0802122131
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Dead: A Tom Thorne Novel (The Di Tom Thorne) Hardcover – February 10, 2014
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London gangster Alan Langford’s charred remains were found handcuffed to the steering wheel of a burned-out Jaguar, and copper Tom Thorne (The Dying Hours, 2013) quickly extracted a confession from Langford’s wife, Donna, who admitted to hiring one of Langford’s associates to kill him. A decade later, after being released from prison, she receives a photo of Langford in the mail, and he appears to be alive and well in some sunny seaside resort. At the same time, her 18-year-old daughter, who was placed with a foster family when Donna was jailed, has disappeared. Thorne is assigned to investigate, and people begin to die. Thorne and his creator are wildly successful in England, but this one has some problems. Plot convolutions seem endless and overcooked, and the attention to Thorne’s angst and his fraying relationship with his significant other causes the narrative to lag. But the pace accelerates when Thorne tracks Langford to Spain’s wealthy, dodgy Costa del Sol, and a surprising, if not fully satisfying, denouement plays out. --Thomas Gaughan
Mark Billingham is a first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country. . . . The police procedural is a deceptively simple genre. You need a crime, a cop, suspects, complications and finally a solution. The art, of course, lies in the ingenuity of the crime, the depth of the characterizations and the quality of the writing. Billingham excels in all regards.” Patrick Anderson, Washington Post
Billingham’s ninth Tom Thorne thriller sees our hero working on a case in which a man long dead appears to be very much aliveto the chagrin of his wife, who had paid to ensure his expiration.”Entertainment Weekly
Once again, [Billingham] has written a deep police procedural with significant insights into the characters. . . . Written with smoothness and urbanity, the plot moves forward in unexpected ways. Recommended.”Theodore Feit, The Midwest Book Review
[A] fine, well-plotted work . . . Billingham’s dark humor, often shot through with irony, is in full play here.”Joe Hartlaub, Book Reporter
A chillingly clever criminal boosts this intelligent procedural.”Publishers Weekly
A nice mix of police procedure and chatty scenes, and some nice scenery.”Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer
Praise for Mark Billingham
With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don’t want to leave.”Michael Connelly
Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with usdon't miss him.”Lee Child
Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today.”Gillian Flynn
Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre.”George Pelecanos
Billingham is a world-class crime writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books.”Karin Slaughter
Mark Billingham is one of my favorite new writers.”Harlan Coben
Billingham leaps to the upper echelons of crime fiction in one bound.”John Harvey
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We start out with the release of a suspect who, without a body, got off on a murder charge. We progress to a man whose former wife went to prison for ten years, but when she gets out, she starts receiving photos of his being alive and well. A young PI gets involved and takes the case to Thorne. He doesn't want her involved, but his boss wants her involved to cut down on the potential of her going to the tabloids with the story of the former wife who went to prison for the death of her ex-husband who is still alive.
It seemed that Billingham didn't know where to go next with this story. Sad, but true. Perhaps with the next book he'll get back on track.
Living in Spain, as I do, Billingham took me to places I know so well to a land full of extremes that surrounded the final part of the drama. If you have not read this man, shame on you! But please do, starting from his earliest books and you will be hooked. Tom Thorne is as real as Rebus and Morse and dare I say it Poirot. Read and read again.
As an author myself, I applaud the talent that is laid open on every page and I am humbled and in awe.
A number of the chapters take place in the store and you get a real feeling of claustraphobia as the policewoman and another shopper are imprisoned by the shopkeeper. This frantic and unstable man suspects his son has been murdered in gaol and he wants Thorne to prove it. While Thorne races from place to place to try and do so, he is fighting against time, the weather and London`s impossible traffic. The shopkeeper is in no mood to listen. He wants only results and quickly.
This is an enjoyable and exciting book.
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He keeps you very keen to read the next chapter