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Lazybones (2003)

by Mark Billingham

Series: Tom Thorne (3)

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Someone - a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman - is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before ; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found... 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?… (more)
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I am quickly becoming a fan of Mark Billingham. Inspector Thorn is not someone you like all the time and I suppose that it what makes him real. What I do like about Thorn in this story is the line he draws when facing the murdered ex-rapists: justice must still be served. Holland's attitude about pretty much everything was bothering me, but at the book's end Holland wraps his head around becoming a father and . . . read the book to find out. The title of book doesn't make sense until the end, but it saved Thorn's life. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
a good read, Billingham's characters are complex and believable, particularly Thorne and Holland. This one was deceptively disorganised, feeling more focussed on Thorne's personal life, and a bit soapy for that, except of course that the story would never be that straight forward... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Another good read in the series of D.I.Thorne, each getting more exciting. This series is not only about murder cases but about the lives of the police officers involved. It explores the highs and the lows and how work impacts on their own relationship. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
Another good read in the series of D.I.Thorne, each getting more exciting. This series is not only about murder cases but about the lives of the police officers involved. It explores the highs and the lows and how work impacts on their own relationship. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
Another good read in the series of D.I.Thorne, each getting more exciting. This series is not only about murder cases but about the lives of the police officers involved. It explores the highs and the lows and how work impacts on their own relationship. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
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For one night or the other night, will come the Gardener in white, and gathered flowers are dead ... James Elroy Flecker, 'Golden Journey to Samarkand'
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For Pat and Tony Thompson & Jeff and Pam Billingham
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He inched himself towards the edge, each tightening of the sphincter muscle moving him a little further across the narrow breadth of the banister's polished surface. He twisted his wrists, wrapping the towel once more tightly around them.
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He'd always been a firm believer in not looking at the mantelpiece while you were poking in the fire.
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Someone - a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman - is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before ; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found... 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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