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Lazybones (Tom Thorne #3)

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After the second murder, Thorne and his team begin to believe that the victims - all killed in impersonal hotel rooms - must share some common history. In fact, they are linked by one detail: all have served time for rape. But then a victim who's not a rapist turns up. What could they have missed?
Paperback, 436 pages
Published 2004 by Sphere (first published 2003)
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Michael Parker
Mark Billingham has to be right up there with the best crime writers. This is only the second of his books I have read. I can't remember the last one, but I will certainly read more. If you like your leading characters to be normal like most of us who make up the bulk of Joe Public, then you'll be pleased to know that DI Tony Thorne is just like us, as are most of the cops in his department. DI Thorne is not one of your Maigret policemen, or cunningly intuitive like Sherlock Holmes, but works ha ...more
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Having read the first two in this series in succession, I was looking forward to the third. I really liked the first book, was kind of indifferent with the second and by the time I finished this latest book found myself wanting to get onto book 4! For those that maybe haven’t read the series, the lead character is DI Tom Thorne; a man with a cat called Elvis who supports Spurs and who is obsessed with his very outdated CD collection. I think the majority of fans love Tom Thorne and I have to say ...more
This is the third Thorne novel, following on from "Sleephead" and "Scaredy Cat". A body is found in a cheap hotel, kneeling on a mattress, hooded and strangled. Shortly afterwards a florist, Eve Bloom, calls - someone has ordered a wreath... The victim turns out to be a rapist, who was recently released from prison. During the last three months of his sentence he had received letters from a killer, pretending to be a woman romantically interested in him. Before long the killer has struck again a ...more
I read this, the third in the Tom Thorne series, in less than 48 hours - a record for me. Having read the past two books in the series I already was familiar with the way in which the books are laid out, with Thorne as the main character but with a strong ensemble cast behind him including Holland, as well as the new additions of Kitson and Stone. Carol Chamberlain also joins in this book and looks like an interesting addition, especially given her role in the next book (The Burning Girl) judgin ...more
LAZYBONES (Police Proc-Tom Thorne-England-Cont) – VG
Billingham, Mark – 3rd in series
Little, Brown, 2003, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0316724939
First Sentence: 13 March Dearest Dougie, I’m sorry about this being another typed letter, but as I explained before, it’s difficult for me to write to you from home, so I do it at work when the boss isn’t looking, or in my lunch hour (like today!) or whatever.
*** When the brutally murdered body of an ex-con, just released for rape, is found, DI Tom Thorne and hi
Ian Mapp
Chosen - part of a series.

All a bit silly this one. A recently released from jail rapist is found in a shabby london hotel room, dead, bound and raped. Intertwined is a story from the past told in reverse order a couple of pages at a time of a woman who is raped in 70s but the perpretator is not found guilty. The husband of the victim is slowly convinced that she meant to sleep with him and kills her and herself, leaving two kids.

DI thorne is his usual shambolic self and sets out ot solve the cr
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"Someone - a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you
This is a hard book for me to rate. It's an excellent police procedural, and well written, which would generally merit four stars. But maybe it's just me, but the seaminess of the plot was often difficult reading. It got better after the initial chapters, but in the end this was a book which made me wince.

Tom Thorne is an out-of-the box cop, like so many others in police and P.I. series. He is neither young nor old, divorced, uneasy about intimate relationships, and a workaholic. He lives with o
Nearer 3.5* but at times I felt like drifting off with the 'padding' he inserts. I suppose it's relevant to learn more about the private lives of the characters but it seemed like half the book was like this. I enjoy the Englishness of the writing and that Tom Thorne is not a supercop as you often find in many other detective books, particularly American ones. Not bad, but not brilliant.
Rebecca Schwartz
I am a little torn about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed reading it. It did start out a little slowly but it picked up and I ended up reading most of it in one afternoon because I did not want to stop. The ending was very suspenseful. My heart actually started pounding, which is not something that happens to me often! I was expecting a twist, but wasn't able to correctly predict the ending.

I also found Thorne to be a relatable and likeable character. I haven't read any of the other books i

Finished reading: Lazy Bones / Mark Billingham .... 22 August 2015
ISBN: 9780751548761

This is the third in the DI Thorne series. I only guessed at bits of it – although that is more than usual!

It was an OK read and I'll read the next two in the series because I already own them but after that .... I'd be happy to watch them on TV and leave it at that. On what I've read so far, picking up any one title in the series would be a pretty good one-off read, but that might be enough.

The side issues / s
Matteo Pellegrini
Il cadavere è nudo, inginocchiato sul materasso di uno squallido albergo di Londra. La testa è coperta da un cappuccio, le mani legate. La morte è avvenuta per strangolamento. Non saranno in molti a piangere Douglas Remfry, reduce da sette anni di reclusione per aver violentato tre giovani donne. Ma all'ispettore Thorne il passato della vittima non interessa. La giustizia deve fare il suo corso. Nella cella di Remfry la polizia trova alcune provocanti fotografie di una donna nuda, in ginocchio, ...more
Gill's Great Book Escapes
Another good read in the series of D.I.Thorne, each getting more exciting. This series is not only about murder cases but about the lives of the police officers involved. It explores the highs and the lows and how work impacts on their own relationship.
I dont know if its just my ebook copy but the timeline was pretty confusing at times especially that extra chapter at the end which jumped back to the middle of the investigation. And also there were no clear breaks between different scenes which was frustrating for the flow if reading. These kind of ruined the reading overall. I kind of guessed the bad guy fairly easily but overall apart from those errors, was well paced and definitely british lol. The author has a nice way with words, though t ...more
Martin Sharp
Probably my favourite of the Thorne books so far! Great to see Thorne out of his comfort zone, living rough (and swigging Special Brew) as he goes under cover to catch a killer.......
Excellent story and just what I needed! I truly enjoyed the hell out of this one, probably because it lit up my lizard brain parts, not even gonna attempt to lie. I truly didn't know what was what until the reveal, although I was somewhat disappointed (view spoiler) ...more
I'm new to Mark Billingham having read The Dying Hours first. As I suspected after I'd finished The Dying Hours the earlier books are much better. More believable story and more realistic versions of the characters. The Dying hours was very good but going off the rails a bit. Good solid detective fiction this- a dual storyline but easy to follow-didn't guess anything right away (which I hate doing- the same as I feel about English accents in American detective series-large arrows saying -hallo-I ...more
Michelle Douglas
Mr Billingham,what a belter of a book
No wonder DI Tom Thorne has demons,I think you have just given him a few more
I enjoyed the second and third book in this series better than the first,only because you learn more about each of the principal characters as humans with feelings and emotions rather than just policemen/pathologists
Lazybones has a story that would be so readily accepted as something that could happen in real life and I think that is what is most uncomfortable about all of these book
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3.5 Stars
Although it's not such a favourable comparison, this one was much better than the first two novels in the Thorne series. Partly thanks to the narrator, I did enjoy listening to this one and although the motive for the 'final' victim wasn't really credible and didn't really make sense, it was more 'thrilling' than the first two outings.

A few twists leaving the reader to guess the links in the plot were very welcome. I just hope the next in the series continues along these lines. Out of
Daniel Weir
I discovered Mark Billingham and Tom Thorne through the Sky1 adaptations of the first two novels. The relationships of Thorne with his coworkers, especially Phil Hendricks, were more engaging than even the very engaging plots of the two novels. Reading this third novel, I was not at all disappointed. Thorne, although given to moments of brilliance, misses many of the clues in this story and is in
the end successful only because of events over which he had no control, including a burglary and the
Clare O'Beara
This is a solid police procedural set in London. This is the third in a series but can be read as a standalone. The characters are well established but develop further in the process of solving this set of linked cases.

A rapist just released from prison is murdered in a seedy hotel room and police officers Thorne and Holland are assigned to the case. Before long a second released rapist is killed in an identical manner and the action hots up for the detectives. The difficulty of leading a life w
Maybe you need to be in the right mood to tolerate the volume of verbal violence and the never-ending angst -- I mean seriously, people, stop whinging and be a man -- of the characters, but I found it a little tedious. Maybe it helps too if your life is tickety-boo and not full of your own angst! So trying to set that aside, I still liked the book. The characters emerged from the book as fully-formed alive individuals, and the plot was suitably convoluted with wonderful huge, honking clues that ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
My 2nd Mark Billingham novel
The main character, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, is investigating a series of murders involving men listed on the sex offender's list. The men have been raped and strangled with clothesline. Thorne is attracted to a florist, Eve Bloom, but for some reason, is in no hurry to consummate the relationship. Hence the title, LAZYBONES. A burglar has broken into Thorne's flat and defecated on his mattress and Thorne keeps putting off purchasing a new one. Although he does
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Craig Sisterson
The third in the DI Tom Thorne series of novels that over the past decade has established Billingham as one of the true stars on the UK crime writing scene. Explosive, gritty, well-plotted and full of fascinating and realistic dialogue and absorbing characters.

In Lazy Bones, Tom Thorne and his London-based serious crimes unit must track down a serial killer who is targeting rapists. The book takes a look at how the killer came to be, not just who they are, delving into the ongoing effects of chi
I'll say from the get-go that at no point did I think this title was appropriate at all. The phrase "lazy bones" was mentioned once I think and it had nothing to do with anything. It's entirely possible I missed the point, but I thought this was poorly titled.

Luckily, this book was excellent in every other way. I've not read the two books that proceed this one (Scaredy Cat and Sleepyhead) so I wasn't familiar with the character of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. Luckily, unlike the worst mystery
I want to give this book two ratings. First I want to give the majority of the book three stars, but then I want to give the climactic ending Five Stars. I think that that is the best way that I can describe it. From what I can remember of my reviews for the previous books, I said that Thorne lacked that stand out factor, that it was just another police procedural. And to be honest, this book has not changed my mind - but the ending, oh Gods the ending, that was brilliantly done, that was unique ...more
Daniel Cann
The third in the Thorne series concerns vigilantism and a horrific cold case with repercussions for the present.

Lazybones disturbs and entertains in equal measure. We also learn more about Billingham’s main character, Thorne. He is not the macho archetype of the first couple of novels, but rather a multi-layered and more complex individual. Here he is much more sensitive and vulnerable – has he found someone at last to share a solid relationship with?

Holland and Hendricks are both on fine form a
Robert Beveridge
Mark Billingham, Lazybones (Morrow, 2003)

Morose wisecracking detective Tom Thorne is back in stand-up comic Billingham's third police procedural slash mystery, Lazybones, and his luck just isn't getting any better. This time, there's a serial killer preying on rapists who have recently been released from prison. And we plunge into a meditation on a classic cop conundrum: what do you do when someone out there is basically doing your job for you? How hard do you try to catch someone who's only kil
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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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