From The Dead, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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 she paid to have murdered - seems very much alive and well.How 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751540031

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This is my first Mark Billingham novel and my first in the Tom Thorne series so I have not read the collection in order. However, that did not detract from the storyline in any way. The book caught my attention in the shop as I recognised the name of the author from the recent TV adaption on Sky1. I like how Thorne is impatient, grumpy, annoying and has faults, rather unlike some the American super-cops you often find in fiction novels. I have to say that some of the twists I did not see coming, and some of the characters that I suspected to be the 'bad guy' turned out not to be, which was a good surprise and made this book even more enjoyable. I will certainly be collecting the remainder of the series, hopefully in order this time!

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4 1/2 stars, completed 6/18,9th book in series, 9th I've read.3/4 of the way thru I was to score this a 4 or lower. This is a bit slimmer than the usual, almost seemed like he was going thru the motions. And a good and interesting character is killed, which got the author off the hook of how to separate this character from the book - but I still don't think the murder was necessary nor enhancing to the storyline in any way. There were two stories simultaneously and it appeared one might be resolved in a future book, but it ended with an unexpected and very satisfying twist, involving what appeared to be someone wrongly accused of murder. Then the "main" story wrapped up - it was about a woman who went to jail for hiring a killer to burn her husband to death in his car. Soon after she is released from jail, she starts to receive current photos of guess who. AND the cop who sent her to jail (guess who) is back on the case, trying to resolve the photo mystery.

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