Death Message (Tom Thorne Series #7)

Death Message (Tom Thorne Series #7)

by Mark Billingham

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Death Message is the unforgettable new entry in the suspense series featuring Tom Thorne, “the next superstar detective” (Lee Child), from Mark Billingham, one of Britain’s most compelling and talented crime writers. Billingham, the author of In the Dark and Buried, delivers a chilling thriller that begins with a body and a phone line, both of which are dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061432774
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Tom Thorne Series , #7
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 509,415
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried—all Times (London) bestsellers—as well as the stand-alone thriller In the Dark. For the creation of the Tom Thorne character, Billingham received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer, and he has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He has previously worked as an actor and stand-up comedian on British television and still writes regularly for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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Death Message 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
seldombites on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death Message is easy to read without losing the ability to thrill. The grief of the murderer and the psychological state of DCI Thorne are written with a sensitivity and insight seldom seen in the genre. I was fascinated by the blurring of the line between ethical and corrupt policing, and the portrayal of how easy it is to overstep boundaries, particularly in that grey area where the law does not always equal justice. I will definitely be looking for more work by this author.
maneekuhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another interesting Tom Thorne series book. The basic premise is a bit of a stretch - that one inmate can brainwash another, upon his release, to kill a slate of not-so-innocent victims. Lots of characters, interesting relationship stuff with fellow cop Louise, and office-sharer Yvonne - looks like stage is being set for some major changes in the cop family in the next book or two. Bad-guy characters come back from previous books, cases intermingle. Got to be a bit much toward the end, so this barely escaped a 3 1/2 star. And it all wrapped up unnaturally fast. Maybe this is a 3 1/2.
MurderMysteryMayhem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now this is a thriller worth losing a bit of sleep over! Where is the line between criminal and victim, cop and crook, justice and revenge?Detective Tom Thorne walks a very taught line, you might say it's more of a thread, in Mark Billingham's Death Message. Thorne, drawn in by a text message with a picture of a dead body attached, soon finds out that his past has reached into the future to forecast murder. Can Thorne beat the murderer to his victims and what will he risk to get there first? And more importantly, which side of the line will he be on after?
bkladyatl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book, Tom Thorne is receiving pictures of dead bodies (or soon to be dead bodies). It doesn't take long to figure out who is behind it, but the chase is complicated.
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An entree to be savored in the midst the daily cranage.
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Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Best selling British thriller author, Mark Billingham has outdone himself with the recent launch of "Death Message". Giving readers an insider view into the undeniably shadowy search for an unconventional killer and the cop tasked with bringing him in, Billingham takes an uncommon approach while speeding readers through this fast-paced thrill ride. DI Tom Thorne is the typical career cop with a history of faintly blurring the lines between right and wrong in order to get his job done. When he begins receiving death messages via text from a new breed of killer who is hell-bent on revenge, that very thin line all but disappears and everything becomes personal. Deftly sprinkling clues, readers may be under the false impression that Billingham has given it away but, don't be fooled-he hasn't. Unpredictable twists and turns seem to come naturally to this impressive author and you won't foresee the ending until you arrive. Reviewed by Suspense Magazine
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harstan More than 1 year ago
London Detective Inspector Tom Thorne looks carefully at the blurry photo that has been sent to him over his cellphone. The person looks dead though he cannot be sure. He has no idea who sent the picture, who the victim is, and who the killer is assuming it is not the transmitter. Soon afterward, a second photo of a corpse arrives. More pictures of apparently dead people keep coming to Thorne on his cell. Thorne and his unit struggle with the lack of motive but begin to identify the psychopath; yet the deadly predator remains elusive sending more pictures of the recently deceased. Fans of the Thorne police procedurals will welcome this strong entry as the DI struggles with a case in which the culprit mocks him with the Death Message. The key to this fast-paced investigative thriller is as always the support cast, mostly the cops working with Thorne, who make what could have been another taunting serial killer story line into a deep look at the personal side of the police working a tough case. Fans will enjoy Thorne's latest case as the police try to end the reign of terror from a clever Grim Reaper. Harriet Klausner
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Okay, okay, admittedly I'm a pushover for British crime novels, but most will be, too, after reading any of Mark Billingham's seven Tom Thorne thrillers. Thorne is a Detective Investigator with savvy and a heart, very human, so we relate to him easily, sprout goose bumps when he's in deep trouble, and once we begin a Thorne title cannot put it down until the end. By now he seems like an old friend, one we know well but still cannot predict what he will say or do next. Billingham brings his latest thriller very much to the present by the important use of a cellphone. Just as Thorne walks into his kitchen to tell Elvis he's sorry for forgetting to feed her and to make some tea his cellphone rings. He knew who it would be from - Louise, which made him smile. But then the phone rang again and this message was as far from Louise as possible. "It was a multimedia message, with a photograph attached.....and Tom Thorne knew a dead man when he saw one." As techies scramble to trace the sender another photo arrives, and before long Thorne finds himself faced with an enemy capable of manipulating others into doing his dastardly deeds for him, and it starts to hit Thorne very close to home. In police lingo the phrase "death message" refers to telling someone that they have just lost a loved one. But, in this case, those messages are directed toward Thorne but why and by whom? - Gail Cooke