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Effetti personali (Tom Thorne #5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,252 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
In un vicolo nel centro di Londra vengono scoperti tre corpi senza vita. Sono tre vagabondi uccisi a calci. Le vittime hanno un biglietto da venti sterline appuntato sul petto e un identico tatuaggio sulla spalla. Il detective Tom Thorne, dopo mesi passati a riempire scartoffie, un inizio di depressione e uno stato di permanente malinconia causato dalla morte del padre, vi ...more
Hardcover, Maestri del Thriller, 381 pages
Published 2008 by Piemme (first published 2005)
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Apr 20, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016-challenge
In this novel someone is killing homeless men, so Tom Thorne goes undercover on the streets to try and find the killer.

Excellent book which balances a particularly gory series of killings with a balanced look at homelessness.

Entertaining and thought provoking in turns.

Highly recommended.
Jun 24, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth Tom Thorne novel and it sees him struggling both at work and in his personal life. After the death of his father, Thorne has been struggling to come to terms with his loss and finds himself shunted into a miserable desk job for which he has no interest in or patience with. When a colleague sounds him out about a string of violent murders of homeless men, on the streets of London, Thorne rashly suggests that he go undercover.

Once on the streets, Thorne begins to search for a li
Ian Mapp
Feb 22, 2010 Ian Mapp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This series of books takes a turn for the really interesting with this one.

After the nonsense of the last story, this one has a theme - homelessness - which the author paints with a sympathetic viewpoint - we are all two pay checks from the gutter is the sobering message.

This is a constant in the book and some fairly decent characterisation as Thorne sort of goes under cover after a breakdown following his fathers attack in the last book and joins the down and outs as three of their members have
Jul 06, 2014 Feargus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A little bit preachy/'researchy' in places, (the main character is undercover as a homeless person and plucks stats regarding the issue out of the air with no explanation about where this information has come from during his stint on the streets), too many characters who play half a role and aren't distinguished enough from each other to be of any interest, a plot that drifts along in places, with some obstacles seemingly put in the way just so there are some, prose that is severely lacking in p ...more
Tracey Walsh
The fifth in the Tom Thorne series.
"Three men, sleeping rough on London's mean streets, have been found brutally murdered...Tom Thorne is posted to those same streets - working undercover, disguised as a homeless man."
I've thoroughly enjoyed the earlier books in this series but I found it hard to get into this one. I think the main reason was that I found it hard to believe that Thorne's undercover assignment could have gone ahead. Consequently I spent most of the time muttering 'That wouldn't h
I really, really could not get into this book. The only reason I managed to get as far as I did was because I love the Thorne character and I wanted to know about him, his life and the developments to him as a character for the sake of the series. The murders were sporadic and seemingly placed just to fill out huge chapters which just seemed concerned with telling me where Thorne was eating or sleeping. There was barely any real invesitigation which wouldn't have been too bad if we were getting ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone's killing homeless men on the streets of London so Thorne goes undercover as a 'rough sleeper'. I've realised that what I love about this series is that while Thorne is flawed, his flaws are pretty normal to the everyman unlike other crime fiction heroes and their curious peccadilloes. The other re-occurring characters in the novels have grown on me as well. This particular story had plenty of mystery to keep me entertained although I did figure out a few things before our intrepid detec ...more
Still loving them & am trying to resist the next one & read something else before ploughing through the rest of his Inspector Thorne series...
Oct 24, 2014 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really couldn't get into this one. I found the 'plot' to be extremely slow, and after having just given a five-star rating to Back From The Dead I was quite disappointed. Whereas Thornley's narration usually brings the best out of even mediocre stories, he sounded stilted and bored during the first half of this one. The accents were spot on as usual but I didn't get the excitement feeling coming through the EarPods.

I'm not familiar with Billingham's works and I found the variety of characters
Daniel Weir
May 04, 2015 Daniel Weir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something odd about encountering a character first off on the TV and then in a book; usually for me it's the other way around. David Morrissey's portrayal of Tom Thorne in the TV adaptations of the first two Thorne novels captures much of the character's brilliance and craziness, but the novels go deeper.
In this fifth novel we find Thorne adrift, hardly able to work, until the murders of two homeless men prompt him to ask his superiors to let him go undercover in search of information
Diane Dickson
Dec 18, 2015 Diane Dickson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series. At first I thought oh here we are an English Rebus but, although there are similarities - a tormented copper with a less than understanding boss, the characters are strong enough to stand on their own.
I found this story particularly enthralling, it felt very genuine and believable and the story was twisted and convoluted enough to keep me guessing.

There are parts that are very hard to read, but then one expects that in a Crime novel and the style and delivery o
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I like Tom Thorne, really I do...but for some reason this latest instalment was slow going. The premise sounded pretty good, but with the recent loss of his Dad, it seems Tom is somewhat on the edge. He is on Gardening leave, but when the opportunity comes up to go undercover within the London homeless community he can’t resist. The writing is fabulous and to be honest this book made me realise just how bad the homeless situation in this country really is. From that perspective Billingham has do ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"c2005. I ordered this as the author had given a very favourable blurb on one of the books that I have recently read (I think The Snowman). Not having read previous books with the protagonist, I didn't really get the character at all. Although the writing style could be describe as pithy - I did not like it. It seemed, well, contrived but perhaps I am being less than fair not having read anything by Mr Billingham before. And I managed to guess the evil doer way to early in the story... ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Orrieux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Le corps d'un sans-abri a été retrouvé à Londres, un billet de 20 épinglé sur sa poitrine. Pas mort de froid, assassiné. Puis trois autres crimes identiques sont commis. Se faisant passer pour un sans-abri, l'inspecteur Thorne enquête en sous-marin ; seuls deux autres policiers sont au courant. La thèse du tueur en série n'est pas bien solide. Et Thorne, secoué par la mort de son père et les remous provoqués par son comportement lors de sa dernière enquête, joue son rôle avec une conviction déc
May 22, 2011 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Gary from Maid Marian!

Okay, I am referring to where I recognise Mark Billingham from (late 80s/early 90s kids tv show, in the same vein as Blackadder).

Anyway, I didn't know he had turned his hand to crime-writing until fairly recently so I'd never read any of his books until now. And I must say, I'm definitely going to be reading a lot more!

A brief outline of the story - homeless men of London are being killed and Thorne, our protagonist - a detective with the Met - goes undercover on the street
Laura Crosse
Feb 03, 2012 Laura Crosse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank God this was much better than The Burning Girl. I had loved all of Billingham's Thorne books up til the last book and I was a more than a tad disappointed with it I will admit. It felt disjointed and there was too much going on at times.

However Lifeless is back to his best. It's gripping from the beginning and I just loved the insight that we get into life on the streets of London. In the beginning I wasn't all too sure about Thorne being pushed to the side slightly by his superiors as he
Jun 22, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has DI Thorne sunk as low as he possible can sink? Not sure... but here, his father's dead, there's no love interest, and he's sent to do really boring, unnecessary work for Scotland Yard. To cheer himself up, or give himself something to do, he's volunteered to "live rough" to help find whomever is killing homeless people. The sad thing is, he finds it easy to fall into the life, finding a few friends to pass the time with and guide him to the best spots for free meals. Of course, he's not comp ...more
Nancy Townsend
Mar 12, 2015 Nancy Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audiobook
Tom Thorne is such a great character. His flaws are just right to make him real. In this his fifth story, he's mourning the loss of his dad and floundering in life in general. Just in time, he gets an assignment he can really get his teeth into. Going undercover as a homeless person seems to suit him down to the ground - it's like he was just waiting for this chance to show his grungy, seedy side. Spike is the other great character in this book and they make great, if temporary, double act.
John The
Apr 09, 2016 John The rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Billingham's other books in the Tom Thorne series were brutal but they can't hold a cndle to this!
This, the fifth book in the Tom Thorne series, is the most violent to date but probably also my favourite. The murders around which the book is set are those of homeless people, all kicked to death (see what I mean!).
As long as you have a strong stomach then I would highly recommend this read, which a great read, will keep you engrossed and will not disappoint.
Kathleen Hagen
Lifeless, by Mark Billingham. A. This is actually my first Billingham book. It was produced by clipper audio. I got it from Judy Watford, and I think she bought it from UK Audio Books.

In this book, Tom Thorn has been put on “gardening leave” for things that occurred in the preceding book which I haven’t read. Then, homeless men on the street start showing up dead, with their heads kicked in. Tom Thorn convinces the brass to let him live on the streets as a homeless person to figure out what is
Michelle Douglas
Oh,I do miss Tom Thorne's dad with his constant question asking about trivia for his quizzes so I am glad that he was mentioned several times throughout this book-even showed up once too!!
Another great read from the pen of Mark Billingham.
DCI Tom Thorne is a character,even with all his flaws and demons, that you cannot help but empathise with.
I hope Spike and Caroline finally manage to get off the streets and make a life for themselves.
May 23, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not up to scratch! I can see the idea of intermingling two interesting themes - street homelessness and war atrocities committed by our own soldiers in the Gulf - but there is too much going on, what with two sets of flashbacks by two perpetrators, plus Thorne's own musings!
Plus one bizarre paragraph featuring a fight Thorne gets himself involved in, which is suddenly written in the present tense! And a real error the proofreader should have picked up on - there is no such place as Bremenhaven -
Ellen Keim
Feb 14, 2016 Ellen Keim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to the Tom Thorne series, partly because of the complex portrayal of the homeless that is the theme of the story. The mystery is also complex and intriguing. Thorne is, as usual, struggling with his demons as he tries to come to terms with his father's death. There are some great characters in this book which add a lot to the story.
Apr 20, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read by Mark Billingham, and this one I enjoyed more than the last, possibly because I could engage better with the subject matter (the gang wars of the previous novel not really being my thing). There was some interesting development of Thorne's character, with each book he seems more like a real person, with real reactions and inner conflicts that make him stand out from other leads in formulaic detective novels. I've already bought the next in the series.
Jul 15, 2013 Cate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: london
I liked this a lot. Brilliantly evocative - set in the streets of the West End amongst the homeless. This is part of a series and while the story stands on it's own, there is a subtext that clearly carries over from the preceding book. The story centres around the violent bashing deaths of homeless men, sleeping rough on the streets. The police don't have a lot of leads, and the protagonist DI Tom Thorne goes undercover, living amongst the down & outs, with his ears to the ground trying to f ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
I'm off to a good start for 2014 - 2 books read and both 4 star rated! I don't know why it's taken me so long to read a Mark Billingham book - well I do really, it's called a backlog of books! - and Lifeless was my first pick even though it's number 5 in the series. Even so I found it wasn't a problem to read it at all as a stand alone novel, even though I didn't know any background info about the main character, DI Tom Thorne. I found myself quite attached to some of the characters, especially ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Nair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is interesting for highlighting the life of the homeless , how vulnerable they are to the cruelties of the society , the life they lead, habits , dreams , addiction , love , hate , violence , death ( probably the most cruel way to die is to die nameless unloved unwanted in some corner of the street or underground :( )
To add to the horror if you have someone beating them to death the horror is unimaginable, we who live in cozy homes cannot fathom the pain and misery that they go through
Steve Horsfall
Jun 30, 2011 Steve Horsfall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lifeless is very gritty and bleak thriller that really encapsulates the life of the homeless on the streets of London through the eyes of Tom Thorne going undercover to try and track down a ruthless serial killer targeting the rough sleepers. A military link is quickly established as the main motive, drawing on a very topical subject of the time with the abuse of prisoners by the military. Billingham ensures that well know landmarks serve as a backdrop to the plot and therefore ensures an even g ...more
Les Wilson
Oct 16, 2014 Les Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book in my opinion, with the outcome left until the end. The latter part of the book was so gripping that I could not go to bed until I'd finished it. WARNING! Don't take a peek at the end as it will spoil the book for you.
Luce Cronin
Mar 19, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"time could heal some wounds, course it could, but others were always going to fester" . "When there isn't a real enemy around anymore, you don't need friends quite so much." These kinds of lyrical gems are interspersed in a fast-paced story based on a series of murders of homeless people on the streets of London. Fantastic read!! Said to be "his best novel yet" by the Observer, this surpassed all my expectations.
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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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