Good as Dead

Good as Dead

Book - 2011
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The Hostage
Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman.
The Demand
The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne.
The Twist
While Helen fights to stay alive and the body-count rises,Thorne must race against time if he is to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.

Publisher: London : Little, Brown, ©2011
ISBN: 9781847444196
Branch Call Number: BILLING
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

Thorne #10

rb3221 Nov 08, 2016

A very good fast paced story where Thorne needs to solve the murder of a young boy who did not commit suicide. The story has a real urgency based on the fact that it occurs over a three day period. The novel alternates between the hostage taker and his two hostages, the response of the hostage negotiators and Thorn's frantic investigations, while keeping the reader on edge and in suspense much of the time.
As usual Thorne has to cut through red tape and do it his way and potentially take both his life and his career into harms way. I particularly enjoyed the very satisfying and surprising ending especially the part with Helen Weeks as it puts a new perspective into Thorne's life.
A thoroughly very good read, a page turner and one of Billingham's best thus far.

Aug 25, 2015

I really enjoyed this page-turner, right to the tissues I needed at the end. Good plot, well-developed, genuine surprises, and very well written.

Aug 03, 2014

Entertaining, good pace, DI Thorne was in good form

Jul 19, 2014

Billingham did a lot with just one kidnapper and one hostage. Nicely written.

Oct 25, 2013

This is the same book as The Demands

Oct 25, 2013

As good as dead and
The Demands are the same book.
Seems to be a rip-off.

Nov 01, 2012

Good as Dead republished under different title

Oct 12, 2012

I have read most of Mark Billingham's books and enjoyed this one as well.

Sep 06, 2012

The Demands is the best of the very good Tom Thorne novels. Give it a read. You won't be sorry.

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