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Good As Dead (Tom Thorne #10)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,980 ratings  ·  185 reviews
The Hostage. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman.

The Demand. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what re
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jane Fenn
Thank you Mark Billingham, you made my dreams come true!! When I read Mark Billingham's stand-alone book 'In the Dark', I became really attached to the stubborn, determined and heavily pregnant police officer and heroine Helen Weeks. I couldn't help thinking what an interesting counterpoint she would be if she ever worked with Tom Thorne, hero of Billingham's other books. Then 'Good As Dead' came along.....Helen Weeks is taken hostage by her local newsagent whose son has supposedly committed sui ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
For my money, the TV adaptation of Thorne got so very much wrong, that Billingham's dedication of this book to the team responsible worried me. The humour was missing, the relationship with Phil was totally wrong - hell, they even changed the identity of the killers! So would this first post-TV book reflect the influence of the TV show?

Well, the cover certainly does. No, it's not David Morrissey but it is a silhouette obviously designed to look as much like him as it can without getting into tro
Okay, I am a Tom Thorne fan, and I would read his laundry list and love it. This book grabbed me from the first chapter, good premise, well written (as is the par for Mr B) and I particularly liked the ending.
Apr 13, 2012 Tyrone rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of great quality police procedurals and compelling storytelling.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Mark Billingham is a great writer and his creation, Thorne, a great character. That aside, I did have some reservations about reading this, mainly due to the experience I had with the DVD of the TV adaptation which pretty much everybody i knew had been raving about. Billingham seems to have been involved and was very positive about adaptation. I have to say I didn't like it. It changed important aspects of the books for which i can find no reasonable ju ...more
Rebecca Martin
Hmm, I read this as a Kindle ebook (978-0-06-170113-9)entitled, The Demands. It was published on June 12, 2012 on Amazon but seems to have arrived earlier, August '08, as a Mobipocket Reader. I don't know what happened to the original title but it's certainly the same book described as Good As Dead. The book is about a hostage-taking by a grieving and angry father who feels "British justice" is a bitter oxymoron. Suspense is created as the novel swings back and forth between the cramped confines ...more
Kelly Hager
Helen Weeks is a police officer with a young child (he's about a year old). She's also just been taken hostage by a convenience store owner who wants to know what really happened to his son. (His son was arrested in a stabbing case and given a much lengthier prison sentence than he deserved---self-defense and no prior record. Then he committed suicide, or so the authorities say. Javed doesn't believe it.) So he takes Helen and another customer hostage and demands that Tom Thorne find out what ha ...more
We are all creatures of habit, and Helen Weeks is no exception. Helen, a detective for the police department and a single mother, stops at a newsagent every morning for her newspaper, gum and some candy. As Helen is paying for her items three boys walk into the shop wrestling with each other and messing with the stock. Javed Akhtar, the owner, chases the boys out of the shop. Helen and the man behind her in the store are shocked when Akhtar locks the door to the shop and pulls a gun on his two c ...more
Andrew Rumbles
Billingham is one of the big names in crime fiction. His cops are human and focussed on doing their jobs well. In this story a visit to a convenience store by a police woman quickly becomes a crisis as the store owner pulls a gun and takes Helen and another customer hostage. Mr Akhtar’s son was taken into custody a year ago and the investigations have determined his death 8 weeks ago was suicide. This resolution is not acceptable to this father. In his heart it does not ring true with the son he ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Detective Helen Weeks walks into the convenience store she’s been coming to for ages, her mind on her 1 year old son, and the workday ahead, when she’s abruptly taken hostage, along with another customer, by the convenience store owner, Akhtar. This is a man she’s talked to every day for months, exchanging pleasantries, and Helen is baffled as to why he’d want to hold two people at gunpoint. He doesn’t want money. He doesn
DS Helen Weeks goes into her local newsagents for a bar of chocolate and some chewing gum. Within minutes she and a fellow customer are being held hostage at gunpoint by the owner Javed Akter who believes his son was murdered whilst in prison despite the official verdict being suicide.

Akter insists that DI Tom Thorne reinvestigates what happened and retore justice otherwise he will kill his prisoners.

This was a completely gripping book with action alternating between what was happening inside th
Saoirse Sterling
Wonderful, in a very horrible kind of way, or course. I watched the adaptation of Thorne on TV but this was my first book and I enjoyed it immensely.

You can read my full review of Good As Dead on my site XLeptodactylous.
Trev Twinem
ok nothing special bit proceedural not the best in the series
Michele Harrod
Ah, the latest Billingham - these novels are like spending time with a good friend. Tom Thorne is such a fantastic character and as always, Billingham grabs you by the throat in the first couple of pages. Bliss. And having now finished, I was not disappointed. Now I want to find the TV series, Thorne, it will be interesting to see if his on-screen character measures up to my image in my head! A great read.
Another worthy entry in the Tom Thorne police detective series. The book begins with a hostage situation in a London convenience store run by an immigrant whose son has died in prison. One of the hostages is a pregnant police officer. Nothing is predictable. I particularly liked the narrator's omniscient point of view: we know what is going on with the police, AND we know what is going on in the store.
A completely brilliant read. A newsagent holds two captive demanding the apparent suicide of his son is investigated by Tom Thorne. Thorne has to find out why the teenager died in the YOI and who would want him to disappear.

This is one of those books you never want to end. I loved Helen, the hostage coping with a desperate situation. It was good to see Thorne back again, minus his annoying girlfriend.
Julian King
I thought this was quite good - a worthy addition to the series, if not, perhaps, the best of the bunch.

The setup seems a rather ho-hum affair: a shopkeeper suddenly snaps and shuts down his shop with two hostages held at gunpoint within. His price for their freedom: proof of his son's murder, not suicide, at a local Young Offenders' Institution. Tom Thorne to deliver.

At first, there appears to be little at stake, but the bodies do indeed begin to mount up, and the pacing is perfect.

What makes t
Jane Heather
A real page turner. Hated to put it down as it moved along and kept your interest. Mark Billingham is a brilliant writer and captivates his readers into the main character, Det Insp Tom THORNE. You are able to imagine the faces and emotions as you read his books. This book especially did that for me. You felt a bit of sorrow for the hostage taker but knew it couldn't end well for him.
Gillian Hamer
When a local newsagent takes two civilian hostages and keeps them at gun point in the rear of his shop - one police woman Helen Weeks - he claims to want the truth about his son Amin's death in a local YOI and feels this is the only way anyone will take his certainty that his sons suicide was staged seriously. He names Detective Tom Thorne as the man to supply those answers. With time ticking and the safety of two hostages spurring him on, Thorne forges a path that takes him from the bottom of s ...more
Catrina mccafferty
I'm a little on the shelf with this one I love Mark Billingham and I love Thorne but it felt like something was lacking. The storyline was interesting and I did stay up all night to finish it but I didn't get the same sense of satisfaction I usually do from a Thorne book.
My first book by this author. I listened to the audio version. An Asian man kidnaps a woman police officer because he doesnt believe his son killed himself. The son was in prison at the time. Tom Thorne has to race around to find out what really happened to the son while the clock is ticking for the WPC.

There was obviously a lot of back story that I didn't know but it was still sufficiently gripping to keep going. The plot gets quite involved with various characters that Thorne has to find out a
Martin Sharp
Tom Thorne is, on first impression, just another middle-aged, grumpy, heavy-drinking maverick copper.
He's all of those things but he is so much more and that's what sets him apart.
I've read all of the Thorne books and this is one of the best.......maintaining the tension of a hostage situation whilst also keeping the pace of the external activities is a real skill.

Mark Billingham's alternative career as a stand-up comedian shines through with some real laugh-out-loud moments.

Very highly recomm
Good as dead is the latest offering from British thriller writer Mark Billingham. If you enjoyed Billingham's 2008 standalone novel, In the dark, you will probably want to give this a look as it brings back Helen Weeks and unites her with DI Tom Thorne (one of my favourite dysfunctional detectives). Weeks is a single Mum police officer who finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage drama when she is held at gunpoint by her local dairy owner who demands that Thorne re-open the inquiry into his ...more
Luanne Ollivier
I have been an ardent fan of Mark Billingham from book one in his Detective Tom Thorne series. The Demands 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 inv
Good as Dead is a fast paced, can't put it down, read by Mark Billingham. London police officer Helen Weeks stops at her local corner store each morning for her daily supplies. Today will be different. As she chats with the proprietor, Javed Akhtar, a trio of young boys comes in the door and start creating havoc. Akhtar is incensed and chases them out of the shop, locking the door behind them. As he turns back to his customers, he pulls a gun out of his pocket. Helen and the other customer, Step ...more
A female police officer and a bank employee both stop off at a newsagent's shop to get a couple of items before going on to work. Some teenagers also come into the shop, and boldly proceed to steal from the shop--angering the owner who tells them to leave. When they leave, he locks the door and shows the two remaining customers that he has a gun. Javed Akhtar is distraught that his oldest son has recently died while in a juvenile detention facility. He believes that his son was murdered but the ...more
Andrew Smith
I love Billingham’s Tom Thorne novels. I make a point of listening to these on audiobook as I travel to/from work and I’ve loved the reading by Paul Thornley. I was nervous, therefore, when I realised this book was to be read by the author. In truth, Thornley does it better but Billingham doesn’t make a bad job of it either. In some sections it sounds like he’s badly in need of a drink as his voice starts to show the strain and his vocal ability to bring alive the characters is a little limited ...more
Pete Denton
This is the 10th novel featuring DI Tom Thorne, the unpredictable and unorthodox British Detective. Central to Good as Dead is a hostage situation which brings together Thorne and DS Helen Weeks who appeared in Billingham’s only standalone novel (to date) – In the Dark.

The hostage element of the plot brings a good pace and tension to the story and we have a race against time to see whether Thorne can solve the case and prevent the types of things you expect to happen when hostages are involved.
This story brings together the author’s DI Tom Thorne character from the very successful series of novels and DS Helen Weeks who featured in the central role of the standalone novel ‘In The Dark’ - which also featured Thorne albeit in a small cameo role. This is the tenth in the actual DI Tom Thorne series.

Javed Akhtar believes his son, Amin, did not kill himself while he was serving time in a Young Offenders Institute, that he would never kill himself and Javed feels the truth has been covered

I don't usually read to many thriller/crime novels but I guess I have been missing out, because I enjoyed this one. Starting a series thats in it's tenth book is not something I would usually do, but I won this book from indigo —and it's the type of series that doesn't really require you to read the first book in order to enjoy this one.

Tom Thorne is a british detective who has been personally called to deal with a hostage situation. A grieving father who was told that his imprisoned son had com
Lori Anaple

I am guessing that I would have liked this better had I known that it was in a series. Because I was reading a book with characters already established, I felt as though I was missing a lot of backstory. It does stand alone if you don't really get into character development. If you read Scarpetta novels it would be like picking up the third in the series. The story is solid, but the relationships seem all wonky.

The story itself is top notch. At least the premise is. A man taking a police office
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Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.
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