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From the Dead (Tom Thorne Series #9)
     

From the Dead (Tom Thorne Series #9)

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by Mark Billingham
 

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In the ninth Tom Thorne novel, a man long thought killed by his long-suffering wife, turns up alive. And other people begin to turn up dead.

A decade ago, Alan Langford’s charred remains were discovered in his burnt-out car. His wife Donna was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband and sentenced to ten years in prison. But before she is released,

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In the ninth Tom Thorne novel, a man long thought killed by his long-suffering wife, turns up alive. And other people begin to turn up dead.

A decade ago, Alan Langford’s charred remains were discovered in his burnt-out car. His wife Donna was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband and sentenced to ten years in prison. But before she is released, Donna receives a nasty shock: an anonymous letter containing a photo of her husband. The man she hates with every fibre of her being—the man she paid to have murdered—seems very much alive and well. But how is it possible that her husband is still alive? Where is he? Who sent the photo, and why?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
At the outset of Billingham’s engrossing 12th novel featuring Det. Insp. Tom Thorne (after 2013’s The Dying Hours), an unnamed man stages his own death, allowing him to escape from England; his former wife is convicted of conspiring to murder him. Ten years later, that wife, Donna Langford, is out of prison, insisting on her innocence, a claim bolstered by her having recently received a photo showing her husband, Alan Langford, in a place that looks like Spain, apparently “back from the dead.” Donna engages Anna Carpenter, an inexperienced and ill-equipped PI, who turns for help to Thorne, though the London cop happens to be consumed by the trial of a man accused of murdering an 18-year-old girl whose body was never found. While the incessant banter between Thorne and his colleagues can be distracting and the murder trial gets somewhat lost in the shuffle, a chillingly clever criminal boosts this intelligent procedural. Agent: Anna Steadman, Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency (U.K.). (Jan.)
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Praise for From the Dead

“Mark Billingham is a first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country. . . . The police procedural is a deceptively simple genre. You need a crime, a cop, suspects, complications and finally a solution. The art, of course, lies in the ingenuity of the crime, the depth of the characterizations and the quality of the writing. Billingham excels in all regards.” —Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

“Billingham’s ninth Tom Thorne thriller sees our hero working on a case in which a man long dead appears to be very much alive—to the chagrin of his wife, who had paid to ensure his expiration.”Entertainment Weekly

“Once again, [Billingham] has written a deep police procedural with significant insights into the characters. . . . Written with smoothness and urbanity, the plot moves forward in unexpected ways. Recommended.”—Theodore Feit, The Midwest Book Review

“[A] fine, well-plotted work . . . Billingham’s dark humor, often shot through with irony, is in full play here.”—Joe Hartlaub, Book Reporter

“A chillingly clever criminal boosts this intelligent procedural.”Publishers Weekly

“A nice mix of police procedure and chatty scenes, and some nice scenery.”—Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer

Praise for Mark Billingham

“With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don’t want to leave.”—Michael Connelly

“Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us—don't miss him.”—Lee Child

“Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today.”—Gillian Flynn

“Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre.”—George Pelecanos

“Billingham is a world-class crime writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books.”—Karin Slaughter

“Mark Billingham is one of my favorite new writers.”—Harlan Coben

“Billingham leaps to the upper echelons of crime fiction in one bound.”—John Harvey

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-21
DI Tom Thorne (The Dying Hours, 2013, etc.) faces "the Curious Case of the Suntanned Corpse." Paul Monahan certainly handcuffed someone to the steering wheel inside Alan Langford's car before he doused it in petrol and set it ablaze. Based on the evidence found in the photos Langford's wife, Donna, received shortly before her release from Wakefield Prison after serving 10 years for conspiring to kill him, though, it wasn't Langford. Donna doesn't much care whether her abusive husband is dead or alive, but she's desperate for news about her daughter Ellie, 18, who disappeared last year while Donna was still enjoying her majesty's hospitality, and she fears that Alan spirited her away. She begs Anna Carpenter, a low-rent inquiry agent who usually serves as the bait in honey traps, to help her, and Anna begs Thorne to help her help. For reasons that have nothing to do with his own personal preferences, Thorne agrees to take Anna along with him to Wakefield, where Paul Monahan, who's still serving his own time, insists that he doesn't know anything about a substitute corpse. His story convinces neither Thorne nor, evidently, whoever gets a fellow inmate to stab him to death that night. Clearly, someone doesn't want the case reopened. Thorne, traumatized by the not-guilty verdict that vindicated judo instructor Adam Chambers of murder charges after his student Andrea Keane vanished, is haunted by the two missing 18-year-olds, and soon enough, readers will be too. Not the best of Thorne's nine appearances, but a solid, rewarding piece of work from beginning to end, with a particularly neat twist that arrives just after readers finally let down their guards.
The Washington Post
“A first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country. . . . The police procedural is a deceptively simple genre. . . . The art, of course, lies in the ingenuity of the crime, the depth of the characterizations and the quality of the writing. Billingham excels in all regards. . . . Tom Thorne [is] worth getting to know.”
The Washington Post

Wisconsin Bookwatch
“A first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country. . . . The police procedural is a deceptively simple genre. . . . The art, of course, lies in the ingenuity of the crime, the depth of the characterizations and the quality of the writing. Billingham excels in all regards. . . . Tom Thorne [is] worth getting to know.”
The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802122131
Publisher:
Grove Atlantic
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Tom Thorne Series , #9
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author


Mark Billingham is one of England's best known and top-selling crime writers. His most recent book was a #1 bestseller in the UK. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. His novels Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.

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From the Dead (Tom Thorne Series #9) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has well developed characters and believable plot. Lots of twists and turns and great slang for Brit nostalgia. Absolutely worth time reading.