Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Dying Hours

The Dying Hours
By Mark Billingham

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It's been twenty-five years since Tom Thorne last went to work wearing the "Queen's cloth" but now, having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform. He's no longer a detective, and he hates it.

Still struggling to adjust, Thorne becomes convinced that a spate of suicides among the elderly in London are something more sinister. His concerns are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.

Now, unable to trust anybody, Thorne risks losing those closest to him as well as endangering those being targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before. A man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims. A man who appears to have the power to make people take their own lives.


Thrillers are one of my favorite genres- so I was presently surprised to find a new book by Mark Billingham, these books are great for readers who appreciate a well written thriller. Tom Thorne is a newly demoted uniformed patrol officer after a bungled hostage operation goes wrong. Thorne no longer a detective inspector in the Murder Squad doesn't adjust, well to his new role or its schedule, or the limitations he faces, when trying to investigate a series of unexplained deaths.

When Thorne questions a series of suicides taking place among elderly members of society, he's quickly told by his old squad to back off; the cases were not deemed criminal and they are not his concern. Of course, that doesn't stop Thorne; it only makes him more determined to investigate on his own time. What would it take for a killer to convince his victims to take their own lives -- and in varying ways? Though the odds are stacked against him, Thorne perseveres. What he finally discovers is beyond the realm of probability. Now, if Thorne can just prove his theory before more people die.

4 Stars

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