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A MONSTER MURDEREDIt's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison, having served seven years for rape, and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London hotel room, his head hooded and his hands tied with a brown leather belt.A DEADLY JUSTICESomeone knew he was coming out. Someone wanted to mete out some punishment of his own.A CASE NO ONEA MONSTER MURDEREDIt's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison, having served seven years for rape, and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London hotel room, his head hooded and his hands tied with a brown leather belt.A DEADLY JUSTICESomeone knew he was coming out. Someone wanted to mete out some punishment of his own.A CASE NO ONE WANTS SOLVEDAnd when a second sex offender is found dead, DI Tom Thorne knows he has a vicious, calculating viliglante on his hands......

Title : Lazybones
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ISBN : 9780751534276
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Number of Pages : 436 Pages
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Lazybones Reviews

  • Alan
    2019-04-25 18:41

    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) judging by the first chapter - which was included at the back of this book.Billingham teases the reader greatly, dropping clues and helping the reader to "get there" just slightly ahead of the coppers in the book which is very rewarding. He equally allows us to be led down the wrong path several times in the book, meaning we share the disappointment of the characters when a lead does not turn out to be promising. He also has a gift for perfectly describing the characters and bringing them to life, creating the especially rounded character of Thorne.While I really enjoyed the premise of Sleephead, the first Thorne novel, the second book Scaredy Cat didn't appeal to me in the same way. However this book more than made up for it. One of the best books I've read all year.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-05-05 16:53

    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 that after this 3d book I can see why. He’s a character that you don’t instantly love, but his grim and dark humour, along with a doggedly determined character makes him ‘oh-so’ likeable. In addition to Thorne I really like his colleague Dave Holland and his friend the pathologist Phil Hendricks. We see Holland battling with his home life and I kind of like the fact we also get background on some of the other characters in a series of books. Both Thorne and Holland are working on a rather bizarre case which some of the public don’t feel warrant that much attention. In this case, the murder of a convicted rapist starts the story off and it doesn’t get much better before too long. The nice part about this third book is the fact that we see Thorne’s personal life a little more (I like it when the author mixes it up). In addition to the horrendous case he is working on, Thorne tries to lead a somewhat average life outside of these parameters. Of course one murder is not where the story stops and in Billingham style the reader watches as the case becomes more and more complex, and frankly more bloody frightening! I found myself immersed in this book and as I thought I had it worked out. Turns out I was wrong, and it took me 85% of the book before the penny dropped (and only a chapter shy of it being revealed!).I only have another 8 books in the series before I’m up to date and ready for the 12th in the series due for release in May 2014! In all honesty this series was a slow burner and is right about now making its was up to a rather large blazing fire….roll on book 4!

  • Margaret
    2019-05-14 19:49

    Someone is killing convicted rapists on their released from prison. Tom Thorne and his team have a very nasty serial killer on their hands. But not to worry, they're only killing vicious trash after all...aren't they?Tom forgots the most important thing about looking into the abyss...sometimes it looks back at you.Brilliant novel. Highly recommended.

  • LJ
    2019-05-07 22:48

    LAZYBONES (Police Proc-Tom Thorne-England-Cont) – VGBillingham, Mark – 3rd in seriesLittle, Brown, 2003, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0316724939First 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 his fellow officers need to investigate the present, and the past, to find the killer. The stakes get higher with a second murder and a third. Trying to start a new relationship and worrying about his father’s health, Thorne doesn’t expect this to be a care that may cost him his life.*** This book started off a bit slow and I wasn’t certain quite what was going on or how it fit together. It didn’t take long, however, before I was completely absorbed in the story. Billingham creates visual pictures. While Thorne is the protagonist and you do get to know more about him in this book, the supporting characters are fully dimensional to where it almost reads as an ensemble cast. The plot is built like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces coming into place one-by-one until the last tragic and frightening piece creating the whole picture. This series has grown on me, but this is the best I’ve read so far and I’m looking forward to the next.

  • Susan
    2019-05-07 18:38

    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 and some people, including some of Thorne's colleagues, thinks the killer is doing them a favour. Yet, with no victim he can truly sympathise with, plus a growing interest in Eve and a sense of unease about their growing relationship, Thorne is short on leads. This story is interspersed with a crime which goes back to 1976, when the police force were much less sympathetic towards rape victims and about the fallout that crimes have on entire families.The Tom Thorne series has good characters and fast moving plots. However, they are starting to feel a little formulaic in character, with crimes which have links to something which happened many years before. The next in the series, "The Burning Girl", is apparently a change from previous storylines, concerning gangsters. Despite my reservations, I found this a real page turner and will certainly give the next in the series a chance.

  • Michael Parker
    2019-05-10 16:36

    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 hard at solving the horrific murders in this well written novel, relying on help from other police sources. The characters are well portrayed, recognisable and believable, and all woven into a plot that captures the imagination and leaves the reader in suspense, which is built steadily and almost invisibly. When you realise the nature of the suspense that Billingham has woven into the story, you can begin to understand why he is among the best.

  • Ian Mapp
    2019-05-22 22:03

    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 crime, who are of course committed by the the two kids who have grown up. To make things more stupid, the kids have targetted Thorne as a representative of the police as their next victim. Cue hero in peril.All silly but I will continue with the series.

  • Ayla
    2019-05-19 19:53

    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? And how can Thorne catch a killer, when he doesn't really care about the victims?"

  • Libby Clark
    2019-05-03 20:56

    One doesn't read crime fiction to better understand the universe but rather as an escape from it. Why then would Mark Billingham spend greater than half the novel navel-gazing, with hero Thorne at a loss for what to do? Even better, why set up a conventional plot line and then bore me for a hundred pages prior to its denouement? Absolutely a waste of space. Thorne does have promise as a character, however. So, two stars instead of one. The only Lazy Bones here was the writer.

  • Richard
    2019-05-23 16:39

    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.

  • Gill's Great Book Escapes
    2019-05-11 20:39

    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
    2019-05-02 15:54

    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.......

  • Lisa
    2019-05-26 14:34

    Another excellent book by Mark Billingham. Read it a few years ago. Now listening to the Audible. Narrated by Robert Glenister.

  • Scribbling-Wren
    2019-04-30 19:48

    Magic hasn't died yet now ploughing on with books four.

  • Pat Stearman
    2019-04-27 22:36

    Liking this series more and more as I get into it.

  • Jon
    2019-05-19 18:40

    I found the first Thorne book fairly silly in concept and riddled with too many tropes. Years later, needing a break from swapping between Stuart Macbride/Jo Nesbo, I decided to see if book 2 was any better. Scardycat felt like a soft reset and I found myself enjoying it enough that I picked up book 3 soon after. While Thorne doesn't match either McRae or Hole for me, Lazybones firmly establishes the series as entertaining and worth a look.Tropes and predictable turns don't bother me too much so long as I enjoy the characters or writing enough. Little here surprised me. In fact a few moments had me feeling a bit let down by the obviousness of it. It's not exactly like you can guess everything right off the bat, but within the first quarter of the story you'll probably have a pretty good idea how a few key things will ultimately shake out. Yet that's mostly forgivable because Billingham gives a sense of humanity to Thorne and Holland that make it worth reading for them alone, and there's a sense of humour in the story that keeps it from reading like something too far up its own ass.Ultimately I find myself in an odd spot where I wouldn't consider this series one of my favourites, but I can't deny that I've read many things that are much, much worse. It rests in that spot just outside the membrane, possessing so many appealing aspects and yet lacking that little extra oomph - the elements which so speak to me as an individual - to push it over. Perhaps as the series goes on (and it has a lot of room to go, currently at 14 books), it'll make it. There's certainly lots of potential.

  • Ken Schloman
    2019-05-01 22:48

    This is my first novel by the author although it is the third in the Tom Thorne series. Picked the book up as part of a box of mysteries and thrillers I bought at a sale. Basically it is a police procedural with a few thriller elements thrown in. Raises a philosophical problem many law enforcement people face-- how much should they care when the victims are bad guys. It's a question most will not answer publically but cops I've talked to , do think about it.The Great Brittan setting is a refreshing break for me from the typical American big city settings. Although this is number three, the author does a great job in defining the key characters, their personal problems, thoughts and provides enough backstory that the novel can be read as a stand alone. Actually I would give the novel 3 1/2 stars but I tend not to round up ratings.

  • Geoff Battle
    2019-05-25 22:53

    Lazy Bones hasn't aged very well. Almost a decade ago the adventures of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne were gritty and edgy, an English crime fighter, angry at the world, disillusioned and committed to his job in equal measures. Yet now the portrayal of Thorne seems stereotypically British, a grumpy and moaning copper. The plot is somewhat predictable, although there are a few cards up Billingham's sleeve, which are produced in the final fifth as per genre standards. Pitfalls aside, Lazy Bones is an easy read and the content definitely suited to the a more mature audience. It's indulgent to read English fiction and the scenario, although somewhat conventional, will add extra flavour to local readers.

  • Fatima
    2019-05-14 21:34

    For starters, I'd say it was a pretty refreshing read. The plot, although not entirely unique in the expanse amount of literature present today, was written in a manner that depicted the feelings of the characters very clearly. Taking the phase as an example where a part of the book got very slow and boring due to the fact that the investigations had no direction whatsoever, allowing me to feel the exact frustration and tension the characters were undergoing. And then came the leads and the cliffhangers and the revelations and it was a time to be alive because the light of truth was finally within the grasp of both the readers and characters. And man was it a ride. I'd rate it a 4/5 stars for the classic way Billingham presented it all. Remarkable.

  • Joy
    2019-05-25 19:37

    I'm not sure that I love these stories. I can't remember who all of the recurring characters are and what their back stories are (which is unusual for me), the language in the challenges me (I think it's a specific cadence that isn't present in every story set in London and there is slang I'm unfamiliar with), and I waver between liking Tom and rooting for the killer to take him out.I'm probably going to read the next one because Goodreads keeps telling me that more in the series are like other books I've really enjoyed.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-01 21:45

    The third in the Tom Thorne series was a really good roller coaster of a police procedural. The story creates a dilemma within the met police squad in which Thorne is DI as convicted rapists on release from prison are horrifically murdered. There is little sympathy from Thorne or his colleagues but it creates a moral problem.Lots of twists and turns so I won't say any more suffice to say that I will be looking for book 4 very soon.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-18 21:44

    This is the third book in the Tom Thorne series. Tom is investigating the case of several murders of rapists. This is my favourite book of the series so far.Once again, I enjoyed reading about Tom-I really like this character We also get to know more about Holland as well and we get to see how the friendship between Holland and Tom is developing.

  • Debra Sima
    2019-05-07 20:39

    3.5 stars

  • Kel Robinson
    2019-05-08 21:40

    Always good. Billingham is getting better as the series moves forward.

  • Sheila
    2019-05-14 18:45

    Thorne investigates a series of murders and also finds love. Excellent investigation that becomes personal.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-04 18:43

    After watching the Thorne series, I was pleased to pick up and read these books. While there are lots of clues as to how it will all go down, it is both entertaining and gripping.

  • Barbra
    2019-05-11 19:01

    Very good as usual. I got one of the killers but not the other.

  • Jordan
    2019-04-29 21:34

    First book of his I've read and really enjoyed it; clever storyline, interesting characters and quite gripping

  • James
    2019-05-06 19:55

    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, that was special, that was above and beyond the rest.Though of course, I can't rate a book on the last twenty odd pages. No, while the ending may have been superb I can't honestly say that this book was blow me down special. No, this book was a steady three stars. End of. That is not to say that it is a bad book. Far from it. Three Stars is not a bad rating at all, and if you like police procedurals then you will love this book. It has everything and a little bit more - which annoys me a little; this book has extra parts that are really well written - such as Holland's reaction to fatherhood and Thorne's relationship with Eve - but it just seems to lack that extra edge. However, it is still a solid read. The writing is good and well done, with the cultural reference's fun and quirky - even if I have to disagree with his opinion on the song Highway Patrolman, Springsteen's original is by far the best. The characters are also really well done and real. Billingham really makes the world and the characters who inhabit it real and gritty, sometimes overly so, which makes it easy to delve into the world he has created. On the other hand though there are always bad parts, and the one that really sticks out for me is thatI don't like the flashback scenes. In Sleepyhead they worked really well and really added something to the novel, but in this... it just doesn't work. I don't know if it is because seeing as it worked so well in the first novel he feels obliged to carry it forward, or if he actually thinks it helps... but for me it doesn't. After the first five or so I found myself skipping them altogether, just reading the last line maybe to get the gist of it all. Apart from that there are no real stand out problems. I don't know what else keeps the book from emerging as a great book, but they are there nonetheless, and I suppose it is just that lack of 'brilliance' that you occasionally find in some people's writing. Shame really. However, having said that. If Billingham can take the last twenty/thirty pages and replicate that quality in the next books, then it may very well rise from mediocrity. Really, I never saw the twist coming and the description - horrific as it may be - really involved me, honestly it was disturbing and scary; you know the kind, the one where you hate what is happening, feel queasy at it, but you want to know what happens, want to continue reading... I suppose its the sort of thing that makes people watch gory horror films, which I have never understood until, maybe, now. Anyway, this is a good, average book. If you like crime fiction then you will enjoy this read. If you are new to the genre... try Alex Cross by Patterson - a much quicker read that you are more likely to enjoy. Of course, if you end up liking the genre then you should give this book a shot - it isn't half bad.P.S (Do you put P.Ss in reviews?) Am I the only one who has been imaging Thorne as a black man all this time and Hendrickson as a white guy? It just threw me when it described them; I suppose I may have supplanted Cross into Thorne's book, but I don't know, it just felt right with Thorne as a black man - and that is what he will remain for me I suppose. Well, anyhow... Have Fun Reading.

  • Brian
    2019-04-29 21:02

    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 novel I've ever read (Ammunition) this book didn't rely extensively on previous ones to fill in the gaps for you. I got a clear picture of who Thorne was from just this book and made me want to read past ones (again, unlike Ammunition).The supporting cast is well fleshed out, almost to a point of distraction sometimes. While I enjoyed learning more about Holland or Hendricks or Brigstocke, etc. sometimes it did feel as if the story was ramping them up either for a twist or a spin-off. But again, luckily all the extra scenes focusing on them were still entertaining so it wasn't a waste.The pacing is excellent, the moments of revelation and breakthroughs that occur in the cases feel earned (in that once Thorne noticed something, I understood both why he noticed it at that moment and why he hadn't earlier; it's nice to not go, "Oh, well obviously" or "well, I feel dumb" when clues are pieced together), and the book doesn't shy away from the reality that murder cases can take a while to solve.I also really enjoyed the italicized parts at the beginning of every chapter for about half the book. It was disorienting at first, but naturally, it all comes together as you realize you're learning about the killer's backstory and then seeing things from his perspective. I found myself going back and re-reading a few once more pieces were falling into place, seeing if I could see where it was going first.In the end, I was about half right on the identity of the killer (no spoilers). The killer's explanation speech did feel a bit "and here's how I did it!" but it was necessary. The only real downside is that the novel ends a chapter after this speech. There's no real time spent on the fallout of this case (and believe me, there should be fallout for those involved). I felt kind of robbed especially after how invested Thorne was in the whole situation.There were one or two mentions to his previous cases (in Scaredy Cat and Sleepyhead) so hopefully the next novel (I have yet to look up what it is) will deal with this some more. I don't need it to dwell on it forever, but I'll be disappointed if the force is "back to the status quo" after this case.I debated about whether to give this 4 or 5 stars because again, the ending was kind of abrupt. But then I remembered how fast I was skimming parts near the end, once I'd more or less deduced the killer's identity and was desperate to see how those involved would find out. You can tell that Billingham is stringing us along, jumping between two different perspectives as one characters gets close to the truth in a way that you know he'll recognize the killer. So in a sense, I felt that was wasted space since I was skimming it, but if I was so invested that I was essentially hitting the fast-forward button to see what happens next? Well, that's a 5-star mystery novel for me.I believe this is currently my highest ranked mystery novel and Billingham deserves all the praise he can get.