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It has been a decade since 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 served ten years in prison.But just 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 sheIt has been a decade since 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 served ten years in prison.But just 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 wellHow is it possible that her husband is still alive? Where is he? Who sent the photo, and why?DI Tom Thorne becomes involved in a case where nothing and no one are what they seem. It will take him much further from his London beat than he has ever been before – and closer to a killer who will do anything to protect his new life.A gripping, relentlessly paced crime masterpiece, From the Dead goes deep into a seemingly unsolvable mystery, and provides the most shocking case yet in the dark, dangerous career of Tom Thorne....

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ISBN : 9781408700761
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Number of Pages : 593 Pages
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From The Dead Reviews

  • Richard
    2018-09-22 17:03

    7/10Another decent entry into the series which doesn't live up to some of the previous novels but certainly adds to the overall world and the characters that live in it. There is enough to keep things ticking over but there isn't enough of a mystery to really hook you in. The main plot is that of a private detective looking for a missing girl and getting in contact with Thorne. They then look into the unlikely event that her deceased dad has kidnapped her. Unlikely? Well, the fact that you're told in the prologue he's not dead makes it more likely. Things start to become more complex from there on as the dead father is a mobster and linked to a number of criminals trying to keep his secret a secret. The main thing that stood out in this novel for me was that my home town was in the novel. It was the prison mainly but it's the first time I've read some fictional account of where I'm from. So what if it's scumbags from a high security prison!The ending let this down, it felt a bit rushed to me. Also there was no resolution with Thorne and his girlfriend as there relationship is shakier than a high rise in an earthquake. Hopefully this will run its course in the next outing. I like this series and the writing style. If you're interested in a police novel set in London then I can recommend this series. This book didn't shine but it didn't fail to entertain either.

  • Trev Twinem
    2018-10-23 20:13

    Lets get one thing straight here...I think DI Thorne is a real "prick" of a man. He is self centred, egotistical ,driven,and treats female company in the most despicable manner. Louise his latest partner is ignored by him, he is always working and likes to avoid conversation and her compnay preferring to drink with his mates and refusing to recognize that it is him and him alone that is the constant cause of his relationship breakups. In this latest romp he has the company of a young lady called Anna Carpenter and he actually believes that he could have a relationship with her, that she really likes this super cool egotistical cop this real man old enough to be her father!...well DI Thorne get your act together and recognize that you have faults...lots of them...and if not sorted soon you will be left a sad old man....there I've got that off my chest and it is undoubtly down to the writing talents of Mark Billingham that I can feel such a strong hate for Tom Thorne. This is a first class detective story that starts with the gruesome recalling of an old case that DI Thorne thought was "buried" in the past. There are lots of surprises and a great action story that takes place in both the UK and Spain but the real star is the characterization of DI Tom Thorne this flawed copper with the bloodhound ability to find his man...leaving misery and destruction in his path! Great stuff.....look forward to the next outing!

  • comfort
    2018-10-12 19:05

    I have read this before, but had forgotten the plot.Thorn in teamed with PI Anna (not by choice) when Anna is contacted by Donna an ex-con who has recently gotten out of jail for setting up her husband to be killed. Donna initially contacts Donna (thePI) to trace the man in some photos she has recently been sent- photos of her dead husband, very much alive and living the good-life.When Anna can go no further in her investigation she goes to Thorn with her case, as Thorn was the initial detective on the initial murder case, and was the one who arrested and saw convicted Donna.

  • Laura
    2018-09-22 14:12

    average.... there's a murder. then another then another. It was OK and was what I wanted from the book but it gave nothing more....average but enjoyable enough

  • Julian Lees
    2018-09-29 22:02

    Good but not great. Maybe I was expecting more, but there were times when the story needed an injection of pace/action.

  • Miz Love
    2018-10-07 21:02

    I took a break from erotica to read a thriller snatched from Miz Nat’s bookshelf. Mark Billingham’s books featuring Detective Thorne always give me a juicy read, so I settled down with much eagerness last weekend to read about the cop’s latest exploits. He’s got a murder to unravel, except it was unravelled years ago and isn’t a murder after all. Well, not the guy who was supposed to be killed anyway. Yeah, some poor man copped it, and Thorne is ready to find out who he is—and where the original murder victim’s spending his time.Alan Langford’s in Spain, the running-from-the-law shyster that he is, and coining it in by being the mastermind behind a drug ring. He’d been safe abroad—he thought no one would cross him or give him up because he’s one scary-azzed mofo—but someone had the balls to send his wife a recent picture.That wife, Donna employs a female, amateur PI to find Alan, and the PI enlists the help of Thorne. The murder case is reopened, and it’s Thorne’s job to trace Alan, deal with his feelings towards the PI, plus juggle a relationship with his girlfriend that is on the edge of being dead.Best bits: When I found out who sent the pictures.Loved the killing in prison, the way the murder weapon was removed from the scene, and the death following that of a prison officer. Also liked his wife's reaction. She came off as weird, like she was divorced from what happened. I like weird.Donna's character and her live-in female lover.The PI and her reasons for switching careers. The sub-plot about her life, and her lazy-azzed boss.From the Dead took me on a holiday to Spain, except it wasn’t a holiday for Thorne, and I got to see some sights, feel the sun, and enjoy a story about betrayal and nasty goings on that I pretend don’t happen in real life except I know they do. Some people have a reach greater than the length of their arm and can order killings from miles away knowing their orders will be obeyed. Scary stuff when you think about it. Lots of people being bumped off in case they let cats out of bags. Great read. Gripping, didn’t put it down often.

  • Diane Dickson
    2018-10-22 22:03

    So - this one only gets a four. In fairness the last two had pushed that bar up very high indeed so it's not that much of a surprise. A couple of reasons really, first of all there was a major part of the plot that I simply was not convinced by. I can't say much about it because it would quickly become a spoiler but suffice it to say that I just don't think they do that!!! (maybe they do but even if they do I wasn't convinced that they would :-) )Secondly I didn't think this was as "tight" there seemed to be a fair amount of padding in it, it was good readable stuff but took the thing off the boil a bit.And thirdly - okay I know I said a couple of things - I lied. And thirdly I wonder if Mr Billingham changed his editor for this one. Now, I am definitely not in the misplaced comma - bang you're dead brigade - not at all but there were a few things here that I thought the editor should have picked up on, I won't enumerate them because then readers will be looking out for them and that's not fair. So - still enjoyed it, there was still much of the stuff in there that I like and Tom is still - well very much Tom with all his faults and foibles and when all is said and done - I went straight down to Amazon and bought the next one so - going out on a night like this has gotta show something hasn't it. Not quite as good as the last ones but good nonetheless.

  • Dorothyanne Brown
    2018-10-20 20:08

    What an enjoyable ripping yarn! Mind you, one does become tired of women being killed in all sorts of ways in thrillers, but at least Billingham throws in a few guys here and there. I like balance in murders.I read a lot of mysteries a couple of years ago, back when I was thinking of hosting a mystery conference. I read everything from cozies to the Scandinavian dark tales, and it's all made me a bit fussy. I've become the sort of mystery writer who starts a book and tosses it aside if it doesn't grip me.This gripped me. From the very first page, I was invested, turning pages far into the night. Billingham's flawed hero Tom Thorne is not your typical all work all drink sort, but instead a hard-working, perhaps a bit obsessed met detective. His interpersonal relationships are realistic, and I had to admit I was wishing for a beer with him by the end, though it might have involved a lot of heavy sighing on his part...(it's been a tough few months for him, poor fellah).His female sidekick is also fully drawn, as is his girlfriend.all of the characters are wonderfully three-dimensional, not an easy task given the fast pace of this thriller. Even the victims are made real, and I was pulled into caring for all of them.I'll be hunting out more of Billingham's books.

  • Steven
    2018-10-01 17:08

    I picked this up after returning from a holiday in Spain where I read a lot of crime novels (well, three). I haven't read any Tom Thorne stories before and didn't know that there had been any TV adaptations.Intriguing from the start, the pace is maintained throughout. There are a few interestings twists in the story but it is the central character, Tom Thorne, that will stay in my mind. The effect of the case on the life of the central detective in the story is well handled and I will be returning to Mark Billingham for another read some time soon.My favourite thing about this story was the way that Thorne's relationship with Anna Carpenter developed. Initially just an irritant to Thorne, to the reader it was clear there was more to Anna than anyone else appreciated. It was good how Thorne eventually started to appreciate her too.

  • Cathrine
    2018-10-10 19:03

    Female private detective Anna Carpenter encounters Thorne with a photo of a man who supposedly died 10 years ago in a murder ordered by the man's wife. The wife has now just been released from prison and is trying to make a new life for herself. At first Thorne isn't very interesting in the story, but Anna keeps nagging him to take a closer look at the case. A case that Thorne and his other detective colleagues remember very well. Very soon they have opened a can of worms. There are snitches, there are crooked policemen and most of all there is a man on Costa del Sol that wants to show that he is still in charge – even as dead. The book is a real page-turner and is nice to see Tom Thorne being back in gold old from in his beloved London.

  • Margaret Wichorek
    2018-10-02 15:20

    I've read several books in this series, which features DI Tom Thorne. TH\his one concerns a woman, recently released from prison after serving 10 years for hiring a hit man to kill her husband. a vey bad man, involved in many criminal enterprises. Somehow, he's never caught. Then she receives several photos of him, apparently having a very good time, in some exotic location. Her daughter also disappears at the same time. She hires a young woman, a private detective to help and eventually, the police, in the person of Tom Thorne gets involved. This is a very engrossing tale and I enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Gail
    2018-10-04 17:03

    I enjoyed this book. It's the first one of the series I've read. Nothing like starting in the middle of a series but I didn't have any trouble getting into it. It was a good story, interesting characters. I don't know how likable Tom Thorne is but I liked the other characters so it kept things going. Horrible bad guy is killed by wife's hired killer -- or was he? Who's sending pictures of him to her just after she's released from prison? Where's her daughter? How many others will be killed before this mystery is solved? Read it and find out. See if you can figure it out before it is revealed.

  • Linda Strong
    2018-09-25 15:54

    I'm a big fan of Mark Billingham ... and this book hasn't changed my mind. I think I'm in lust with Tom Thorne, but it seems he gets crankier as time goes by. 50-ish Tom Thorne is still working the streets looking for the bad guys ... this time he goes all the way to Spain for look for a 'dead' man.Book is full of action and kept me hating to put it down.

  • Gary
    2018-09-27 21:02

    The 9th Tom Thorne book in the series by Mark Billingham. I am enjoying this series but felt that a couple of the previous books fell short of the previous high standard, this one however was back up there with the best. Fast paced, lots of action, a real page turner.

  • Simon
    2018-09-24 17:10

    Every now and then everyone should treat themselves to a Mark Billingham novel. I do.

  • Stan Usher
    2018-10-20 18:02

    5/5. The best Tom Thorne book yet.

  • Monica
    2018-10-14 19:14

    Thorne is frustrated at the not guilty verdict in a case he thought was a sure victory for the Crown. Then he is called into re-examine a case of his from a decade ago. Donna Langford went to prison for hiring someone to kill her husband, a wealthy and sadistic “businessman”. She is newly released from prison, her daughter has disappeared from the foster family she was placed with, and someone is sending her photos of her supposedly dead husband, enjoying himself on a sunny seashore. She retains an eager young PI to try to help her locate her daughter and her dead ex, and Thorne is contacted as the officer in the case of the original murder. So forensics to be done on the photo, identity of the dead supposed husband from 10 years ago to be confirmed, etc. Then the bodies start dropping. The hired killer from 10 years ago is stabbed in prison, the guard who was first on the scene for that murder is killed at his home. The case is reopened and Thorne goes to the Costa del Sol to track down the “dead” man. The character of Anna, the young PI, and her relationship with Thorne make this book more interesting than it would have been otherwise. The police procedural stuff is always good in these books, and the Spanish setting is well done, but nothing much is going on with the main characters – Thorne and his pathologist friend Phil are still pals, the air is still slowly leaking out of Thorne’s relationship with Louise. It will be a relief to all concerned, including this reader, when they finally break it off.

  • Cleo Bannister
    2018-10-09 16:09

    Sometimes it is nice to open a book and know exactly what you are going to get; a good storyline, considered plot line and good characterisation, Mark Billingham delivers just that.In this tale there are missing girls, a villain that appears to have got away with murder and another who appears to have risen from the dead. Tom Thorne the detective sets about solving all the puzzles whilst desperately ignoring the problems in his personal life. Thorne is a decent man, he makes mistakes but his motives are entirely good.Another great read.

  • Webs
    2018-10-08 17:14

    another thrilling entry into the crime genre by Billingham, one that follows two cases of two 18 year olds. though they didn't link like I had expected them to, both were tied up nicely. Alan Langford was a great antagonist, and death was handled nicely. surprised that the Louise & Tom relationship wasn't given attention at the end though.

  • Andy Walker
    2018-10-04 17:13

    The ninth Tom Thorne novel is every bit as good as the eight which preceded it. A murdered gangster comes back from the dead and a killing spree ensues as the now no longer deceased hoodlum dispatches people who get in his way. Billingham’s characterisation of his key characters is well crafted and Thorne as ever is always engaging and often unconventional. Another brilliant read.

  • Andrew Mackie
    2018-10-23 14:16

    Another top Thorne novelAlways a pleasure to reacquaint myself with DI Thorne. This encounter was unusual because most of the supporting cast were confined to almost cameo roles. But it was great to meet Anna and the others and I hope to see some of them again.

  • Chris
    2018-09-24 15:11

    This has to be one of the dullest, most pedestrian crime novels yet to be encountered. It is overly long and seems to plod on and on eventually grinding to a brain achingingly obvious conclusion. This months entry to the Eyre Highway awards.

  • Kirsten Simpson
    2018-10-03 15:21

    it was ok rather typical really someones murdered blah blah blah falls in the average range.

  • Rich
    2018-10-02 22:02

    Didn’t even finish the book, had a hundred pages left, was probably going to get more interesting but couldn’t bring myself to continue, I was bored, disappointed, I don’t see how people enjoyed it.

  • Julie Lacey
    2018-10-03 18:18

    Read this a while ago. Love the Tom Thorne series

  • Ruth P
    2018-10-07 20:10

    Fairly readable.....not quite as gripping as some of his other books but ok....easy to pick up,fall asleep with then resume without losing the thread!

  • Jojo Anthonio-van Zeele
    2018-09-24 19:09

    Solid written thriller with little surprises, have read better books from Mark Billingham!

  • James
    2018-10-12 17:06

    It was was hard for me to relate to a UK crime novel

  • Joyced
    2018-10-20 21:56

    Found another really good police procedural series and now I will have to go back to the first book.

  • Janine van Staden
    2018-10-20 17:58

    Overall I live the story line, the only thing that bothered me a bit, was Mark Billingham's writing style. There was some areas with useless information which I just skipped. and it took a while for the progression of the book to kick in. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book.