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Publisher's Summary

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found.

How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

And how can Thorne catch a killer when he doesn't really care about the victims?

©2003 Mark Billingham (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks

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"For those who have not yet come across the implacable D.I. Thorne and his team, treat yourself. You won't be disappointed." (Sunday Express)

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Story was OK but ‘music’ and heavy breathing between scenes/chapters was really annoying! Almost didn’t bother listening to the ending!

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  • Joseph
  • 08-23-06

A powerful book

Strange title this although all is revealed in the story which gives the truth to it. A cracking story with an interesting twist to the outcome. One can really feel for this policeman whose character comes over well as a real person with real life every day problems.

I was not keen on the overuse of the 'F' word throughout as this may spoil it for some people. I know this is the way that men talk to each other but it is not quite so necessary here except perhaps for emphasis.

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  • Miss
  • 09-03-16

Dark but brilliant

I'm so disappointed that the music is back. It really does spoil it so much. It turns the enjoyment of the book to annoyance. The Story excellent, onwards to Book 4,hoping for no music or deep breathing noises!

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  • Sue
  • 06-10-16

Great story

Like other abridged books this feels very disjointed in places.
Looking forward to the next in series which is unabridged!
Great narration and good characters.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-11-15

Easy listening

Easy listening, ok plot. Had guessed who it was sometime before the end. Different subjects matter, and quite a few twist that kept you going.

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  • Tom Southern
  • 05-09-15

Best Billingham yet!

What did you like most about Lazybones?

A good story told well. And I one whose ending I didn't see coming, although I had my usual fun guessing.

What did you like best about this story?

Opened up lots of false trails.

What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good voice and great story telling.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Billingham is becoming my favourite author.

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  • JANE PRIOR
  • 05-05-15

Obvious from near the beginning

I have read some other books by Mark Billingham and enjoyed them all. However this novel was extremely disappointing. The plot was weak and it didn't take long to work out who was committing the murders and why. The incidental music was tacky and completely superfluous. The narrator did well and his performance was by far the best element of this audiobook.

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  • PP Merge
  • 09-23-10

Thorne in my side

3 books in an I only just realised most of the DCI Thorne series are abridged. However, the abridgement is excellent and had I not spotted this I would have said they were complete. This is easily best of the first 3 and it feels like Mark Billingham has really started to know how to write Thorne and the regular characters. He shows a keen insight into the killer's background and treats the subject with care but not to the detriment of the story. If you love crime drama ignore the fact that its abridged and grab a Thorne now.

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  • Sue
  • 12-09-08

Cor! What a corker

Another most excellent book by Mark Billingham., the third ina series featuring Tom Thorne. This one sees Tom investigate a case for which there seems no motive, no reason to kill. And is the killer really providing a public service?

Expertly read by Robert Glennister I was once again completely hooked. The plot rattled along with the usual pace and the 'asides' just provided a glimpse of what is to come. Thoroughly engrossing and I have given up listening to the radio in the car. Mark is now my daily driving companion.
The audio pace and quality are perfet, I really don't know how Robert manages to make a 'gapless' reading but he is us proud.
Already looking forward to The Burning Girl (book 4) which promises more of the same.




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  • Brian
  • 11-19-21

Classic

The plot is very well constructed keeping the reader interested and keen to follow what is going to happen next. The narrator reads the book well and gives the listener a greater understanding of each character. Well done to all involved.

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  • Diane
  • 09-15-19

Lazy bones

This audio book was spoilt for me by music between chapters. I have no idea why it is there, completely unnecessary. Robert Glenister is an excellent narrator who has all the skills necessary to create suspense at the relevant time. I did not need the sound track, which at times sounded like the score from an old black and white thriller, and a bad one at that. Once or twice i thought an episode of Crossroads (old soap opera) was about to start! I feel mean giving it one star, even though Robert Gelinster is my favourite narrator and I quite like Mark Billingham books, the music just spoilt it for me.

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  • Linda Marea
  • 06-30-22

Best in the Thorn series yet

I’ve been looking forward to this book because I love Robert Glenisters narration - didn’t disappoint!
The book is a little moodier and darker… the suspense ratcheted up.
My only complaint is the use of musical stings to bridge the passages. Every time they were edited in it created a huge disconnect. It’s an audio book and I want to immerse myself into the story.
So, to the producers: please don’t insert these annoying stings. I just want to hear a brilliant story read by a first class voice artist.

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  • Karlene in Nz
  • 10-04-18

Do not waste your money on abridged books

The story was probably a good one, originally. The bones are there, but the unkind editing rendered it firstly haphazard, then blindingly obvious whodunnit.
Considering the price for unabridged is exactly the same as abridged, I will not consider any further chopped novels.
Narration was mostly excellent (although I do wish Me Glenister would lose the habit of mispronouncing "Denise" as De knees), and as previously stated in other reviews of this author, the scene-change music is loud, jarring, and horrible.