Time of Death

Time of Death

Book - 2015
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The astonishing thirteenth Tom Thorne novel is a story of kidnapping, the tabloid press, and a frightening case of mistaken identity.

Tom Thorne is on holiday with his girlfriend DS Helen Weeks, when two girls are abducted in Helen's home town. When a body is discovered and a man is arrested, Helen recognizes the suspect's wife as an old school-friend and returns home for the first time in twenty-five years to lend her support. As his partner faces up to a past she has tried desperately to forget and a media storm engulfs the town, Thorne becomes convinced that, despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, the police have got the wrong man. There is still an extremely clever and killer on the loose and a missing girl who Thorne believes might still be alive.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780802123633
0802123635
Characteristics: 436 pages ; 24 cm

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rb3221
Dec 14, 2016

A kidnap/abduction thriller featuring Tom Thorne as the usual flawed, egocentric, always in trouble detective sticking his nose into a case where he has no jurisdiction. His friend Hendricks, the unconventional gay pathologist comes to Thorne's aid and adds much to the novel's success and to solving the crime. Helen, Thorne's girlfriend is also involved as she steps back into her hated hometown to her own secret and dark past.
Overall a well written suspenful novel although a bit slow in places

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nannerl
Oct 27, 2015

Excellent. A top-notch series by a very talented author. Interesting plot with an exceptionally devious bad guy.

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cheadlebeagle
Sep 20, 2015

A good addition to the series but I prefer Thorne in London settings.

tomato Sep 01, 2015

I really like this author, who makes his characters so real.

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h19835195
Jul 05, 2015

Another awesome read from the wonderful Mark Billingham. I can never get enough of the Tom Thorne series. Keep 'em coming !!

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emerge
May 15, 2015

If you're already a fan of this series, you greet each book with certain expectations. First, it's a chance to catch up with Tom Thorne & Phil Hendricks. Then you look forward to a smart suspense story, twisty plots, economical dialogue & a hair raising finale. Book #13 ticks all the boxes.
This more of a slow burn than the last instalment (which left me only slightly less traumatized than Tom & Phil).
It's a thinking man's thriller full of clever misdirection. There's a blizzard of red herrings to wade through & you're in danger of sustaining whiplash as your focus swings from one suspect to the next. Events & comments that seem unimportant are tossed out along the way but will have you smacking your forehead at the end. It's been a long time since I was so surprised to learn a killer's identity.
It's the kind of read that makes you lose track of time & frown on any interruptions so don't crack the cover until you find a spot to hide for a few hours.

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