Good as Dead by Mark Billingham

Good as Dead

byMark Billingham

Kobo ebook | August 18, 2011

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Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but she is about to come face to face with a gunman.

The hostage-taker is desperate to know what happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding Helen at gunpoint, he will force a re-investigation into his son's death. And one man knows the case better than any other - DI Tom Thorne.

As the body count rises,Thorne must race against time to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.

Title:Good as DeadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 18, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Book GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748120483

ISBN - 13:9780748120482

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whodunit? in the 21st century. Mark Billingham: Good as Dead. This book has a very interesting and unusual plot. A police officer has been kidnapped in order to put on pressure for re-opening a case, which may be a miscarriage of justice. And Inspector Thorne must solve the case anew to save the victim in time. It is very well constructed, and the reader has a chance to follow the thoughts and worries of the kidnapper, as well as the victim and the investigator. I was utterly taken by the book, its flow and all the problems which appear in contemporary society: Minorities with their own values, the old Anglo-Saxon legal tradition and the eternal worries of parents about their children, their every-day well-being and their reputation. Mark Bellingham is able to hold reader’s attention unflagging for all those five hundred plus pages. Tom Thorne is a detective in a tradition of Rebus and Morse. We are interested in him beyond his professional duties. And we like to follow the detective in several novels and see how his life resolves after many successful cases.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lee Child likes this author! I have been an ardent fan of Mark Billingham from book one in his Detective Tom Thorne series. Good as Dead is the tenth offering in this British crime series. Detective Sergeant Helen Weeks stops regularly into Javed Akhtar's corner shop for her morning paper and gum. Akhtar has just chased some young hooligans out of his store when he abruptly turns, locks the door on Helen and a male customer....and pulls a gun. Helen and Stephen are now his hostages. His demands? For Detective Tom Thorne to investigate his son Amin's death while in custody. It was ruled suicide but Akhtar doesn't believe it. Thorne is in a race against time - and an unstable man - to re investigate a closed case. Why do I enjoy this series so much? Billingham always comes up with an arresting plot that provides some unexpected turns. The tension ratchets higher as Thorne discovers truths that Akhtar may not want to hear. We are privy to the drama in the shop through Helen's eyes. Helen has appeared in a previous book and is another strongly drawn character I was glad to see return. Billingham's plot also includes some relevant social commentary. But of course the real draw is Tom Thorne. Thorne is ornery, obstinate and driven to solve his cases at almost any cost. This lands him on a fine line between right and wrong many times. His single mindedness has cost him in many ways, both professionally and personally. But his persistence usually pays off. I loved the ending and cannot wait for the next installment in this gritty, gripping series. Who else is reading and recommending Mark Billingham? Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Gillian Flynn. And me!
Date published: 2012-06-19