Good As Dead, by Mark Billingham

Good As DeadA story that goes off like a Catherine wheel – at speed and spinning through multiple themes that are brought together in a desperate sprint to the finish.

Mark Billingham’s popular character, DI Tom Thorne is dragged back into a case that he thought was finalised, when two commuters are taken hostage in a train station newsagent’s. The demands of an Indian father are to know the truth of his son’s trial and sentencing, and his resulting death while in custody. A death that has officially been found to be suicide.

His promise to investigate what the father claims is murder, is initially made by Thorne to try and ensure the safety of the hostages, one who is a police officer. But it soon becomes his own quest for the truth, when he discovers a cover-up at all levels of the system.

As separate lines of the story knit together with the risks Thorne takes leading to a dramatic ending, the hostage crisis is brought to an end with life-changing consequences for all those involved.

A stunningly well-crafted book. I enjoyed this immensely and I’m sure you will too. Highly recommended.

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7 Responses to Good As Dead, by Mark Billingham

  1. skylark says:

    Thanks for the review – I love Mark Billingham’s DI Thorne books but lost touch with them after Lifeless. Have added all the one’s I’ve not read, including this new one, to my ever growing reading list…! :-)

  2. skylark says:

    Aaargh, can’t edit my comment to take out the stray apostrophe that sneaked in – typo, honest! ;-P

  3. Barb Ettridge says:

    Thanks skylark. It’s quite a short review as I didn’t want to spoil any of the twists or the way the plot unfolds!

  4. skylark says:

    It’s hard reviewing without giving things away! Btw, how did you insert the picture of the jacket cover?

  5. Barb Ettridge says:

    When your creating a new blog, there’s an option at the bottom right to “set featured image”. You can upload from your computer or a web page. Let me know if you need more help.

  6. PaulDBrazill says:

    Well, that sounds like a beaut!

  7. skylark says:

    Thanks Barb, I’ve gone back and added book covers to my two reviews and it seems to have worked :-)

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