Lazybones (Tom Thorne, #3)
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Lazybones (Tom Thorne #3)

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It is only ten days since Douglas Remfrey's release from prison, having served seven years of a twelve-year sentence for rape, and now he is dead: naked on a bare mattress in the grubbiest of North London hotel rooms, his head hooded and his hands tied tight with a brown leather belt. Someone knew he was coming out. Someone wanted to mete out some new punishment of his own...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published 2004 by Sphere (first published 2003)
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Susan
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
Alan
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
LJ
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...more
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...more
Ayla
Taken from Fantastic Fiction:

"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...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
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
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.
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.......
Shireen
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...more
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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...more
Brian
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...more
James
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...more
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...more
Robert Day
I challeged myself to read the first four Tom Thorne books and this is number three.

The covers appeal to me, the reviews appeal to me, but I'm getting so, so bored of the main character: Tom Thorne. He is dreary personified. Such a dull, dull person; and I'm finding it hard to care whether he lives or dies (not that he was ever alive in the first place you understand).

The books themselves are beautifully written, and the subject matter is gritty and lifelike and well realised, but so very dull....more
Owen Adams
Lazybones is the third book in the Tom Thorne series, a run of crime books usually concerned with improbable or bizarre killers. Lazybones is something of an oddball, being the last of Billingham's initial three books. These three carried similar branding and a playground slang theme to the titles, they also feel very much like the first three novels that the author scratched down at the early planning stage. They feel like a writer's first steps. This isn't a bad thing, but I think Billingham r...more
Laura
God, Tom is a sad sack kind of guy, isn't he? Not just the lone wolf investigator, he's also a complete mess in his personal life! In Lazybones he's done worse for himself than usual, although we only find that out at the end. It's difficult to cheer on the police if they're chasing a vigilante, and DI Thorne's doing just that. Several recently released sex offenders are being raped and murdered: where's the bad in that? The question is who, and why these people. Of course he's not quite followi...more
Steve Morton
I was slightly disappointed in this book. Whilst I'm familiar with Mark Billinghams plots and the way he writes. This one was spoilt for me by poor formatting in the conversion to Kindle.

Scene changes would just happen with no change in the paragraph style, one minute you are reading about one person in the story, the next line you are with someone else... or you think you are.

Several times I had to go back and re-read sections to try and understand from which view point I was reading this sto...more
Melissa
This is probably not really a four-star book. As crime fiction goes, it's fairly bog-standard, albeit with a protagonist different to most I'm used to (at times, I could practically feel the testosterone wafting out of the pages). But it got me. It well and truly got me - I did not see the ending coming, and while it seems completely obvious in retrospect, it makes sense of a lot of my early niggles with the book, and in a few years time might even bear a repeat reading. For easily two-thirds of...more
Sue
Another fabulous Tom Thorne tale from Mark Billingham. It's a roller coaster ride from start to finish. And so, so hard to put down! Apart from an original and fast paced story, Mr Billngham has brought us the most wonderful and believable characters. Tom Thorne is stocky, angry and cynical, but so likeable. His sidekick, Dave Holland, is quickly losing his "wet behind the ears", but he hasn't lost his caring side. And Phil Hendricks, the gay pathologist, who has another body piercing for each f...more
Phillipa
This was a good read with a nice twist ending ... even tho you knew the twist was coming and I was concentrating pretty hard to figure out whodunnit, I didn't get it right.
David Rees-thomas
I'm getting into my Tom Thorne stride now:)

The books are comfortable without becoming boring, and do keep you guessing throughout. Indeed, this is one of the hallmarks of good mystery writing, of course.

In Lazybones, I did feel that some of the scenes were a little too contrived so that the plot could be advanced, and I found it little more straightforward to 'work out' what was going on.

If you enjoyed the first 2 books, then this won't disappoint. I just personally didn't find that it meshed qu...more
Laura
This was the first book I have read by Billingham and I have to say I really liked his style of writing. He describes the characters really well without boring you to tears about back stories that really have nothing to do with the plot. Just enough for you to sympathise with their flaws.
A great thriller with an unusual storyline that really intrigued me and of course the obligatory twist at the end was there but it was a bit more inventive than the usual. I definitely enjoyed it but gave it fo...more
Chris
Best of the three so far by a long way, however this is probably more down to the fact that I've come more accustomed to the author's writing style and instead of trying to understand what's going on I can read what's going on.

Several bodies are turning up, they've been murdered and raped, there is only one real connection: they have been inside for rape. Thorne receives the lead-less case and in the attempt to solve the three murders soon realises that a suicide, murder and the disappearance o...more
Erica
Best book in the series so far!! Sooooo good!!! Love this author- I'm hooked!!
Monica
“Lazybones” is the 3rd book in the Tom Thorne series by Mark Billingham. Although not as engrossing as some of the other mystery/crime series that I’m reading I still find Billingham quite readable. The plot moves along quite quickly and Thorne’s character continues to develop. The ending is quite easy to figure out and that made it a bit disappointing as this happens about 100 pages before the end of the book actually arrives. Billingham is going to have to step it up a notch in the guessing ga...more
Smitha
Was an okayish sort of thriller. Recently evicted rapists are sodomised and killed off one by one, and Inspector Thomas Thorne and his gang are assigned the job of finding them. During the investigations, he becomes friendly with a florist called Eva and her room mates. Then the police come to know that a 25 year old rape case and following death of the victim is linked with these murders and investigations get a new life. It was an okay read with an interesting twist towards the end, which I ha...more
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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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