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Sleepyhead (edition 2001)

by Mark Billingham

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Member:Belsornia
Title:Sleepyhead
Authors:Mark Billingham
Info:Little, Brown (2001), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, Owned and Read
Rating:**1/2
Tags:fiction, crime, uk, london, read 2012

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Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

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This is the fist Tom Thorne novel. I really liked this murder mystery. The author writes very well, the characters were engaging, and the story kept me guessing. I look forward to the next one in the series. ( )
  hemlokgang | Jul 10, 2014 |
A strikingly original and disturbing plot marks an impressive debut from this author. Billingham has crafted a compelling and chilling read which sets his protagonist, DI Tom Thorne, in pursuit of a cold and calculating killer with a haunting penchant for how they leave their signature on their victims. With the discovery of the last victim still alive in a vegetative state, the awful realisation soon dawns that this induced stroke victim, in what is termed a 'locked-in syndrome', is not as was assumed the first mistake, but rather the killer's first true success. Billinghman not only masters the craft of plot device and characterisation, but reveals literary skill in switching narrator, with great effect, to include the stream of consciousness of the paralysed victim. A British author to challenge the best in this genre. ( )
1 vote Hanneri | May 11, 2014 |
Thorne investigates three stroke victims after the pathologist uncovers drugs and similarities in the causes of the strokes and discovers that there is a serial killer who is not intending to kill the victims but rather to put them into a vegetative "locked in syndrome" coma. Early on he identifies a suspect and falls for the doctor... but all is not what it appears. Dependable Mark Billingham mystery. ( )
1 vote CarterPJ | Jan 28, 2014 |
A new author for me. IThis is his first book and it is a good one. Very scary. Well done. I will read more from him. ( )
1 vote librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Billingham takes risks in making his cop hero, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, so pigheaded and off track for most of the investigation, though it's easy to imagine Thorne becoming a companionable protagonist... and Billingham's control of character and plot becoming more sure. He's off to a remarkable start.
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For Claire. For everything. You're chocolate.
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'Wake up, Sleepyhead...'
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to murder. The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for the killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes the murderer has made a mistake, which ought to allow them to get on his tracks. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think. When Thorne, helped by the neurologist looking after Alison, starts to realise what he is up against he knows the case is not going to be solved by normal methods - before he can find out who did it he has to understand why he's doing it.

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The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for a killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes the murderer has made a mistake, which ought to allow them to get on his tracks. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think.… (more)

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