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Lazybones [Mass Market Paperback]

Mark Billingham
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May 24 2005 Detective Thorne Mysteries

The first corpse was found hooded, bound, and naked, kneeling ona bare mattress in a seedy hotel room. This was no ordinary murder but rather the work of a killer driven by something special, somethingspectacular. The fact that the dead man was a convicted rapist recently released from prison only increases the bizarre nature of the gruesome crime ... and the police's reluctance to apprehend the perpetrator. It's the body count that troubles Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, as brutal slaying follows brutal slaying, each victim more deserving than the last. Though he has no sympathy for the dead, Thorne knows he must put an end to a cruelly calculating vigilante's bloody justice before time runs out -- and a horrifically efficient serial killer targets a life worth fighting for.


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Lazybones confirms our sense of Mark Billingham as a thriller writer determined to put ever more inventive spins on the police procedural and the serial killer novel. His police officers--hard-working Country fan Thorne, pierced gay pathologist Hendricks and the rest--find themselves on a case that raises complicated issues for them; they have continually to remind themselves that dead rapists have as much right not to be raped and murdered as anyone else.

Billingham's tricksiness--he tells us just enough of what the killer is thinking to keep us intrigued and confused--goes along with a real sense of London's back streets: the shabbiness of small hotels and the lonely hours of the early morning. The case involves not only pursuing present cases, but chasing up back-story; among all its other merits, this is an intelligent and humane discussion of changing attitudes to rape and its investigation. There was a time, after all, not so long ago, when police regularly failed to take rape seriously enough to get convictions. This is not just an ingenious thriller--Billingham makes us care what happens to Thorne, who is in far more jeopardy than he ever begins to know. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans of public television's various BBC Mystery programs would do well to tune into this third in Billingham's series (Scaredy Cat; Sleepyhead) featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne and his fellow officers of the London Metropolitan Police Service. After the body of a strangled and sexually violated male is found in a seedy hotel room, Thorne quickly learns that the victim was a convicted rapist. When a second recently released rapist is discovered in the same condition, Thorne believes he has a serial revenge killer on his hands. While some of his fellow policemen feel that the victims deserved their fate, Thorne's commitment to justice remains unfailing. Another murder follows, this time of a pornographer whom the detectives link to the other dead men. Billingham does not delve as deeply into either Thorne's personal issues or those of the other policemen as he did in his last book; the detective's dark brooding on the nature of death is replaced here by a healthier, less obsessive introspection. It's a wise move, making Thorne a more accessible character. He still has problems with women and commitment, and his father is still struggling with Alzheimer's, but Thorne has lightened up enough to get himself a girlfriend (though that doesn't work out quite the way he thought it would, to put it mildly). The structure is much like that of the other books, with the anonymous killer alternating chapters with Thorne and his partners until all of them come together in a shocking climax. This is a mature, intelligent novel by a writer who's as thoughtful as his main character, and the series grows better with each new addition.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Jan. 25 2013
By MaryGee
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Anyone who likes books set in England with a fair bit of the English slang will enjoy Billingham's books. And the endings are always a surprise. I really enjoy reading his books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but finishes great! Oct. 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When I first started this book, I found it a little difficult to keep focused. The story starts off very slowly without much excitement. However once the middle of the book is reached, it really picks up. The book becomes difficult to put down, and hard to predict. The ending of the book was excellent!
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  38 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A THORNE AMIDST THE ROSES June 30 2004
By Michael Butts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mark Billingham continues his panache for gritty, involving and highly readable crime fiction with this latest installment in his Tom Thorne series.
Thorne is involved this time in what appears to be some kind of vigilante killing. The posed naked dead body of a released rapist is found in a seedy hotel room. The victim had just been released from prison and is found posed rather prayerfully, his neck garroted, masked, etc. Thorne also finds out that someone called the local florist to arrange for a wreath to be sent to the hotel room. Through this accidental phone call, Thorne becomes involved with Eve Bloom, the lovely florist who took the call.
Another body turns up, again a rapist recently released from prison, killed in the same method, different hotel.
Thorne and his reliable partner, Dave Holland, dig deep into the case to try and find out who is responsible for these killings. Tackling the moral issue of whether this killer should be arrested or applauded, Billingham takes us on a nerve-wracking, surprising tale that climaxes in high fashion.
Billingham gives us a little more insight into Thorne's private life, including the bittersweet relationship between Thorne and his Alzheimer-ridden father. Dave Holland is also going through an emotional crisis with the approaching birth of his first child.
Billingham knows how to write..he keeps the reader totally engrossed in his tales, and gives us red herrings and hidden clues.
This series is one of the best out there...enjoy!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Thriller Actually Understandable to US Reader July 18 2005
By Ronald T. McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's not that all British writers write well; it's just that so many of them do. The how's and why's of that are up for discussion. I've often found that UK thriller/procedural writers in particular leave waaaaaaaay too many blank spots, e.g. the actual lives of the characters they parade across the pages. Mark Billingham does not do this. He's created a believable and interesting character in Mr. Thorne. Yes, there are gaps. But that's for the reader to fill in. Reading needn't always be an entirely passive activity. This book is a solid, interesting read. Plenty of "ah ha" moments, pathways (both productive and of the dead-end variety) to explore. Basically, Billingham is a subtle writer---but not so much as to be beyond the reader's understanding. Excellent detective fiction with plenty of interesting character sketches.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing page-turner June 16 2004
By SDRTX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This third installment featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has him on the trail of a vigilante killer who preys on convicted rapists. It's hard for Tom to feel too motivated in finding the killer due to a lack of sympathy of the "victims". Bodies start piling up and a cold case is tied into the investigation. Thorne finally finds an emotional connection to the case. His ensuing passion for cracking the case leads to many twists and turns.
This was a fast-paced thriller that got more suspenseful with each page. Toward the end of the book, I couldn't read fast enough to get to the climax. Tom Thorne was a very engaging and likable character. There was hardly any time spent on any of the details of the secondary characters brought up in past books that made it a little hard to follow. A little refresher on who everyone was would not have been remiss. Despite this slight failing this was an excellent read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my 2nd book Oct. 23 2012
By L. .G. avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 2nd Mark Billingham novel
The main character, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, is investigating a series of murders involving men listed on the sex offender's list. The men have been raped and strangled with clothesline. Thorne is attracted to a florist, Eve Bloom, but for some reason, is in no hurry to consummate the relationship. Hence the title, LAZYBONES. A burglar has broken into Thorne's flat and defecated on his mattress and Thorne keeps putting off purchasing a new one. Although he does finally purchase a new car because the burglars also stole and torched his old one.
Thorne and his loyal partner, Dave Holland, dig deep into the case to try and find out who is responsible for these killings. Tackling the moral issue of whether this killer should be arrested or applauded, Billingham takes us on a nerve-wracking, surprising tale that climaxes in high fashion.
Billingham gives us a little more insight into Thorne's private life, including the bittersweet relationship between Thorne and his Alzheimer-ridden father. Dave Holland is also going through an emotional crisis with the approaching birth of his first child.
It is a very intense ending
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lazybones - Dt. Thorne March 27 2006
By Renee L. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
I am new to Billingham's work this year. I enjoyed Detective Thorne in the first one so much that I had to get them all! In fact, I just ordered the newest one directly through a seller on Amazon-UK as it is not available in the states. :} His work is creative, suspenseful, and at the same time gives a glimpse of everyday life in England. I am very pleased with the quality of the book; the quality of service I was given and the level of commitment and follow-up Amazon and the seller's it hosts provides an avenue to meet new people, read new material and pay an honest price for the value. Thank you.
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