The Dying Hours, Hardback
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A cluster of suicides among the elderly. Such things are not unknown to the police and the deaths are quickly dismissed by the police as routine.

Only one man is convinced that something more sinister is taking place. However, no one listens to Tom Thorne anymore. Having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform and he hates it.

Patronised and abused by his new colleagues, Thorne's suspicions about the suicides are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone. Unable to trust anyone, Thorne must risk losing those closest to him.He must gamble with the lives of those targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before.

A man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims.

A man with the power to make people take their own lives. Tom Thorne returns in Billingham's most compelling thriller to date.

The Dying Hours is a haunting portrait of London's dark heart, and the darker heart of a twisted killer bringing terror to its streets.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781847444233



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It's been twenty-five years since Tom Thorne last went to work wearing the "Queen's cloth" but now, having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform. He's no longer a detective, and he hates it.Still struggling to adjust, Thorne becomes convinced that a spate of suicides among the elderly in London are something more sinister. His concerns are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.My Thoughts:This is number eleven in the Tom Thorne series of books. As I like it I have read the whole set in order which is just something I prefer. However this book could quite easily be read as a stand alone, the reader would just not know a lot about Thorne’s life. This for me is what a set of books is about. Not necessarily the crimes, and really looking back I couldn’t tell you details about them, but it’s more about the characters lives.Tom Thorne is one of my all time favourite characters along with Rpy Grace from the Peter James ‘dead’ books. I feel like that I know him really well and I really wouldn’t say no to him myself. Along with the regulars, Dave Holland, Yvonne Kitson and my favourite Phil Hendricks they make a merry bunch.This book is fast paced and I did read it into two sittings over the weekend. With these books I find then very down to earth and real. The story is very gritty and our hero Thorne is out to save the day no matter what it takes.A very enjoyable read and Mark Billingham is a brilliant author. I have seen him once, and also had an internet chat with him on a forum and he really is a nice guy. I would highly recommend his books.

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