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When Donna Langford receives a very recent photo of her ex-husband in the post, she gets the shock of her life. Because she's just spent 10 years in prison for organising his murder.
When her daughter goes missing, Donna believes there can only be one man responsible and hires Anna Carpenter, a determined young private investigator, to find him.
DI Tom Thorne worked on the Alan Langford case, so when Carpenter brings the photo to him, he refuses to believe that the man whose body was found in a burned-out car 10 years before can still be alive. But when a prison inmate that he and Anna interview is viciously murdered, Thorne starts to understand that Langford is not only alive but ready to get rid of anyone who could threaten his comfortable new life in Spain....
©2010 Mark Billingham Ltd (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd
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By Anonymous User on 11-25-10

Good one

I really enjoyed this story. It was Thorne at his best, completely into the detecting and neglecting his personal life, which I found quite sad. The story is strong, keeping your interest all the way through to the end. Enjoy.
By the way, don't watch him on TV, you'll be disappointed, it's not this Thorne but an unlikeable made-for-TV version.

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By Alison on 09-13-10

Tom Thorne

Mark Billingham never fails to disappoint with a Tom Thorne book. Thorne is a suitably cynical cop, and yet he stands out in what is a very crowded market, and the reason for that has to be Billingham's writing. This one is a sure-fire crowd pleaser with a suitably violent beginning, enough dark, dry humour for anybody (the FBI comment had me snorting out loud - very embarrassing since I was walking along a crowded pavement) and the end is suitably inconclusive. Thorne is coming to the small screen later this year - part of me doesn't want to share him.

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By Nick on 06-21-17

great and chilling read

Would you consider the audio edition of From the Dead to be better than the print version?

haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

I couldn't pick the ending

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the over the balcony scene - not too overdone and quite poignant.

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

bits of it made mw feel sick but in the way you expect from this genre.

Any additional comments?

would read more of this series

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