How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?
And how can Thorne catch a killer when he doesn't really care about the victims?
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"For those who have not yet come across the implacable D.I. Thorne and his team, treat yourself. You won't be disappointed." (Sunday Express)
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"A powerful book"
Strange title this although all is revealed in the story which gives the truth to it. A cracking story with an interesting twist to the outcome. One can really feel for this policeman whose character comes over well as a real person with real life every day problems.
I was not keen on the overuse of the 'F' word throughout as this may spoil it for some people. I know this is the way that men talk to each other but it is not quite so necessary here except perhaps for emphasis.
"Music not necessary"
I find the musical interludes annoying and diverting from the story. There does not seem to be any relationship between which music is used. Good story if a little short.
"Dark but brilliant"
I'm so disappointed that the music is back. It really does spoil it so much. It turns the enjoyment of the book to annoyance. The Story excellent, onwards to Book 4,hoping for no music or deep breathing noises!
Like other abridged books this feels very disjointed in places.
Looking forward to the next in series which is unabridged!
Great narration and good characters.
"Ok but not my favourite by far"
Struggled to finish this one. Love the character Tom Thorne but this story was a bit too far fetched for me
Easy listening, ok plot. Had guessed who it was sometime before the end. Different subjects matter, and quite a few twist that kept you going.
"Best Billingham yet!"
A good story told well. And I one whose ending I didn't see coming, although I had my usual fun guessing.
Opened up lots of false trails.
Good voice and great story telling.
No. I just enjoyed it.
Billingham is becoming my favourite author.
"Obvious from near the beginning"
I have read some other books by Mark Billingham and enjoyed them all. However this novel was extremely disappointing. The plot was weak and it didn't take long to work out who was committing the murders and why. The incidental music was tacky and completely superfluous. The narrator did well and his performance was by far the best element of this audiobook.
"Thorne in my side"
3 books in an I only just realised most of the DCI Thorne series are abridged. However, the abridgement is excellent and had I not spotted this I would have said they were complete. This is easily best of the first 3 and it feels like Mark Billingham has really started to know how to write Thorne and the regular characters. He shows a keen insight into the killer's background and treats the subject with care but not to the detriment of the story. If you love crime drama ignore the fact that its abridged and grab a Thorne now.
"Cor! What a corker"
Another most excellent book by Mark Billingham., the third ina series featuring Tom Thorne. This one sees Tom investigate a case for which there seems no motive, no reason to kill. And is the killer really providing a public service?
Expertly read by Robert Glennister I was once again completely hooked. The plot rattled along with the usual pace and the 'asides' just provided a glimpse of what is to come. Thoroughly engrossing and I have given up listening to the radio in the car. Mark is now my daily driving companion.
The audio pace and quality are perfet, I really don't know how Robert manages to make a 'gapless' reading but he is us proud.
Already looking forward to The Burning Girl (book 4) which promises more of the same.
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