Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

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Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

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Unusually for a crime novel this book is as much about what happens to the family of a suspect when they are arrested as it is about the victims as well as the who, how and why element, and I really enjoyed it.

Time of Death is the first Mark Billingham novel I’ve read but it’s a story that works well on its own. p>Read about how we’ll protect and use your data in our Privacy Notice.To sum up, a standard serial killer police procedural, quite well-written, slow in places, with lots of swearing, a bit of angst, the obligatory child abuse angle, and some gratuitous and silly police brutality. To sum up, Time of Death is a bloody excellent thriller with real depth of character, and Tom Thorne, Billinghams's main character, has become an excellent creation - an Everyman copper, who you'd quite like to sit down and share a pint with, but keep him away from the jukebox or you could end up line dancing down the high street after a bellyful of strong ale. La lecture de 'Time of Death' est très agréable, mais je n'ai pu m'empêcher de ressentir une certaine frustration à certains moments: une enquête dépourvue d'action, qui ne repose que sur des spéculations, une impression de remplissage avec des banalités, un manque de crédibilité quant au mode opératoire du coupable, .

Abduction, missing people/children, and when someone bounces along and interferes in the investigation, always a treat to read, things just not going to plan.It's interesting to see the story from the perspective of the family of the accused, although they're all so unlikeable I couldn't develop much sympathy for them. This was different to the standard Thorne books as for the first part, he is little more than a bystander, supporting Helen who has a much bigger part to play in this book. In fact, early on in the book Billingham has a sly dig at the cliché of the angst-ridden drunken maverick of current crime fiction. Helen then remembers an old abandoned site from her childhood that could be the perfect place to keep the girls. If every fictional police officer must be a violent criminal, the least authors could do is try to make it believable.

This was an odd one - I have read most of the preceding DCI Thorne novels, and have (mainly) enjoyed them very much, but this felt a little less enjoyable than I remember the others. This is a great example of the strength of the characterisation and plot that this author produces and is reads successfully as stand-alone novel.The plot element on which this gruesome mystery turns is certainly one of the cleverest and most satisfying that I've read for ages. I had been knocking stars off my review in my head before it even landed on my doormat on publication day.

To Mark: I did love this but please pretty please could we have one with the whole team in London soon please please please? I liked what I discovered of his character and I particularly liked his relationship with Helen, the delicate dance that both perform as they try to do their best for others and themselves, and with Hendricks. Billingham goes to great lengths to immerse the reader in this novel – the settings are so vivid you can imagine yourself walking down the main street of the small town of Polesford. This series is going from strength to strength and already I am looking forward to the next instalment.Mark Billingham gives the reader a fair shot with the clues but he doesn’t half muddy the water by manipulating the reader to look the other way whilst they are revealed. In the last novel Thorne and cohorts had a horrible time - here we find him away with Helen for a holiday. The holiday is short lived when Helen hears the news involving an old school friend whose husband has been arrested in connection with 2 missing school girls. Helen spends a lot of time with Linda helping to support her as the suspect’s wife and I quite liked this angle, which is not one that we often come across in this type of read.



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