Death Message

Death Message

Book - 2007
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The first message sent to Tom Thorne's mobile phone was just a picture - the blurred image of a man's face, but Thorne had seen enough dead bodies in his time to know that the man was no longer alive. But who was he? Who sent the photograph? And why? While the technical experts attempt to trace the sender, Thorne searches the daily police bulletins for a reported death that matches the photograph. Then another picture arrives. Another dead man ... It is the identities of the murdered men which give Thorne his first clue, a link to a dangerous killer he'd put away years before and who is still in prison. With a chilling talent for manipulation, this man has led another inmate to plot revenge on everyone he blames for his current incarceration, and for the murder of his family while he was inside. Newly released, this convict has no fear of the police, no feelings for those he is compelled to murder. Now Tom Thorne must face one of the toughest challenges of his career, knowing that there is no killer more dangerous than one who has nothing left to lose.
Publisher: Little, Brown,� 2007
ISBN: 9780316730549
Branch Call Number: AF BILL

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rb3221 Nov 03, 2016

This was not my favorite Billingham crime/thriller novel. It is a bit too long and occasionally slow moving without a lot of action, although there are the usual twists and turns.
It is interesting that the reader knows who the killer is less than 1/2 way through. Thorne is his usual self, struggling to stay true to his beliefs and his conscience and is too often his own worst enemy. Is that why we like him?
I enjoyed the fact that he now has a love interest which is a work in progress and that Thorne finally learns how his father died.

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nannerl
Sep 02, 2015

I've only recently discovered this author and this is the second novel I've read. I quite like the character of DI Tom Thorne, and enjoyed this very well-written story with several interwoven mysteries and a couple of surprises.

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