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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Billingham Narrator: Mark Billingham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tom Thorne Series Release Date:
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The crime …

The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is young mother, Detective Helen Weeks. She is told her life depends on the co-operation of one of her colleagues—detective Tom Thorne.

The demand …

Akhtar is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in prison. He is convinced the death was not an accident and forces the one man who knows more about the case than any other to reinvestigate: Thorn.

The twist …

What Thorne discovers will upend everything he thought he knew about the fate of those he’s put away—but will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of a grieving and potentially violent father?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tom Thorne is the new superstar detective…Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader of crime fiction.”

    Lee Child

  • “With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don’t want to leave.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today.”

    Gillian Flynn

  • “A tightly plotted and suspenseful thriller sure to please fans of the genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ingeniously constructed…This great novel should put Billingham in the same league as Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, John Harvey, and Denise Mina. A breakthrough novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colleen Maclennan | 2/10/2014

    " Ending was exciting and unpredictable. Thorne is not your typical detective but his methods get results. Fast read with just enough action to keep the reader on high alert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 12/24/2013

    " Another good gripping story from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Horsfall | 11/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed Good As Dead, and in fact would say it was one of my favourite Billingham books. Police Officer Helen Weeks (the central character from a previous Billingham tale, In The Dark) routinely walks into her local newsagents one morning and her whole world is turned upside down. The normally smiling and friendly owner, Mr Akhtar, produces a gun and takes Helen and another customer (Banker Stephen Mitchell) hostage. Mr Akhtar's demand is that DI Tom Thorne immediately investigates the death of his son, Amin, who has recently died in a Young Offenders institute. The verdict had been suicide but Mr Akhtar is convinced he was murdered. Thorne was involved in the original case when Amin was sentenced for manslaughter, although it was Amin and his friend who were attacked with one of the perpetrators taking a fatal blow from his own knife. The sentence was harsh and unexpected. The story becomes a race against time as Thorne uncovers the truth in his own inimitable maverick style, delving into a corrupt and shady world involving senior figures in society. Meanwhile, Billingham expertly describes the tensions in the shop as Mr Akhtar's mood swings from placid to combustible anger as Helen concentrates on staying alive in order to be reunited her son and Mitchell mainly panics and frets. Outside there is the contrast of the calm police hostage negotiator and the gung-ho cop ready to storm the building as soon as he is allowed. The book builds to a brilliant climax and my only quibble would be whether the events involving Stephen Mitchell were that believable. Excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Kelosiwang | 11/26/2013

    " Not as terrifying as some as the earlier Billingham books I had read but still a gripping read. An unusual basis for a story with a no-holds barred approach to the gritty, nasty side of life. Nice to have some crime fiction with a mainstream happy ending. Caught me by surprise! "

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