Lazybones by Mark Billingham

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The first corpse was found hooded, bound, and naked, kneeling ona bare mattress in a seedy hotel room. This was no ordinary murder but rather the work of a killer driven by something special, somethingspectacular. The fact that the dead man was a convicted rapist recently released from prison only increases the bizarre nature of the gruesome crime ... and the police's reluctance to apprehend the perpetrator. It's the body count that troubles Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, as brutal slaying follows brutal slaying, each victim more deserving than the last. Though he has no sympathy for the dead, Thorne knows he must put an end to a cruelly calculating vigilante's bloody justice before time runs out -- and a horrifically efficient serial killer targets a life worth fighting for.


About Mark Billingham

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Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried—all Times (London) bestsellers—as well as the stand-alone thriller In the Dark. For the creation of the Tom Thorne character, Billingham received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer, and he has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He has previously worked as an actor and stand-up comedian on British television and still writes regularly for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 465 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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About the only thing looking up for him is the sputtering flirtation he’s carrying on with Eve, a florist who telephoned in the first murder scene Thorne was called to (the killer likes to order bouquets).

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The structure is much like that of the other books, with the anonymous killer alternating chapters with Thorne and his partners until all of them come together in a shocking climax.

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Book Reporter

And while Billingham's comedic work is bitingly funny, his literary work is dark and grim, all the more noticeably so when he slips a bit of black humor into it.

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Entertainment Weekly

The hook is sordid enough: Convicted London rapists are receiving teasingly seductive letters in jail, only to be lured after their release into most unpleasant deaths.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Readers might have been forgiven for wondering if Mark Billingham's first Tom Thorne novel, SLEEPYHEAD, was perhaps a one-book wonder.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The body of a recently released rapist is found sodomized, strangled, and posed on a mattress in a room in a seedy flophouse near Paddington Station (note to the author: When was the last time you visited Paddington.It's gone quite upscale.

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