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Автором Mark Billingham

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Love Like Blood

Автором Mark Billingham

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4/5 (13 оценки)
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467 pages
6 hours
Издано:
Jun 20, 2017
ISBN:
9780802189547
Формат:
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In this “chilling and moving” international bestseller, two of London’s toughest detectives investigate the savage world of honor killings (The Times, London).
 
In Love Like Blood, DI Tom Thorne, “the next superstar detective,” teams up with perfectionist DI Nicola Tanner, the protagonist of Billingham’s acclaimed stand-alone thriller Die of Shame (Lee Child).
 
When her domestic partner Susan is brutally murdered, Nicola Tanner is convinced that she was the intended target. The murderer’s motive is likely connected to her recent work on a string of cold case honor killings. Despite being placed on leave, Tanner insists on pursuing justice for Susan—and she turns to fellow DI Tom Thorne for help.
 
Agreeing to take the case, Thorne quickly finds that working in such controversial territory among London’s Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities can be dangerous in more ways than one. But when a young Bangladeshi couple goes missing, Tanner and Thorne must put everything on the line to investigate a case that is anything but cold.
 
“Brilliant.” —The Independent
 
“Groundbreaking . . . a gripping, unsensational take on a type of crime that is happening more frequently than many of us realize.” —The Sunday Times
Издано:
Jun 20, 2017
ISBN:
9780802189547
Формат:
Книге

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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.

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  • (4/5)
    The book blurb does a good job of describing the main story line of #14 in the Tom Thorne series. DI Nicola Tanner is convinced her partner’s murder was a case of mistaken identity & she was the real target. Tanner has a theory about some recent honour killings in London. It’s a sensitive subject & she hasn’t exactly endeared herself to members of the religious communities involved.When she’s put on compassionate leave, some of her colleagues are hoping a little time away will help ease tension between the victim’s families & police.But Nicola has other plans. She figures her partner was killed because she was getting too close. All she needs is another cop willing to help, someone with a fluid regard for the rules who won’t mind colouring outside the lines if necessary. Someone like….oooh, I don’t know….Tom Thorne, maybe. They met on a previous case (“Die of Shame”) & although Tom is initially reluctant, Nicola isn’t above playing the sympathy card to get him on board. Besides, there’s a good chance one of his old unsolved homicides is related. “Nuff said about the main plot line. There are plenty of zigs & zags to keep you guessing, especially when you throw in several characters with questionable loyalties. But what really grips you is the subject matter. People of all religions find the concept of honour killings difficult to understand. Here, we are privy to the domestic situations of young men & women who are caught between parents’ traditional expectations & the freer lifestyle that a big city like London has to offer. The book also looks at the challenges faced by police when they attempt to investigate the crimes. Finding someone from the community willing to break the code of silence is difficult. If they press too hard, they may be accused of cultural insensitivity or racial prejudice. It’s a political hot potato that leaves both sides frustrated & many of the cases end up unsolved (see author’s comments at the end for a sobering dose of reality). But this is not a sermon about who’s right & who’s wrong. Instead, Billingham personalizes the issue by giving us relatable characters of all stripes who are just trying to live their lives. There are some nice twists along the way & he reserves a couple of whoppers for the final pages. One in particular, I gotta say….man, I did NOT see that coming.As usual, we get to enjoy Tom trading insults with ME Phil Hendricks over a few pints. I love Phil. If Lisbeth Salander & Quincy had a child (ok, a much younger Quincy) Phil might be the result. More time is given to Tom’s personal life & we get a closer look at his relationship with Helen as well as the challenges faced by 2 cops living under one roof.It’s an intricately plotted & pacey story that keeps you turning the pages to see how it all shakes out. Picking up one of these books is like running into old friends & I look forward to #15.
  • (5/5)
    Love Like Blood" (LLB) by Mark Billingham is the 14th in the Tom Thorne series. I have read the entire series and always look forward to a new book from him. Thorne is a London homicide detective who travels to the beat a different drummer. Always in trouble with his superiors, always following his own instincts, occasionally suspended, irascible, committed, etc. A good guy but not likable to most, tough, and brilliant when he has to be. Lives with his "girlfriend" and her 3 year old son. Likes country and western and pub visits. If a series like Billingham's is to be successful, i.e., long-running, the author must come up with interesting cases, or at least a spin on a case that does not seem too familiar to readers of crime fiction; Billingham is a master at this. In an earlier book, homeless men are being murdered in a seemingly serial killer fashion, andThorne goes undercover, living for months on the street. He doesn't just act the part, though, he becomes homeless.LLB - and I have no clue what the title means even after having read the book - is another example of a novel (a weak pun) story line. It is about "honor" killings in the Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim communities in the UK, namely members of families whose honor has been damaged by the behavior of a sister, brother, daughter.... then killing those "sinners" or arranging for it. Because of the tight knit relationships within these influential communities, most of these murders go unreported and the victims are often last remembered as "missing". The estimated numbers of these murders however is staggering.Thorne becomes involved in this case through contact with Nicola Tanner, an officer in the unit charged with investigating suspected honor killings. Tanner's live-in partner was recently blinded with bleach then stabbed to death at their home in an apparent case of mistaken identity. Tanner is on leave, knows Thorne from a previous case, and enlists his assistance in going a bit rogue.As always, Billingham's writing is excellent. Lots of tension, very interesting story, well developed characters from previous novels. A good twist at the end that 99.4% readers will not see coming. And for first time readers, this can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Tanner was first introduced in a stand-alone, and I hadn't read that since Thorne was a bit tangential to the story. Made no difference in reading LLB. This is not an action thriller. While there is a bit of a car chase, there is nothing heroic about it, and while there is also a bit of gun fire it seems that everyone misses. It appears that the Brits, in addition to avoidance of guns even in novels, are also very poor shots on the rare occasion they take aim. But not Billingham - he nails his target. Highly recommended. I bought the hardbound version, since I think ebook prices over $10 are outrageous, and I know, I know, I spend more on the hardbound.....Buy it in any format which suits you; you'll be pleased.(But as of this moment June 11, 2017 Atlantic Monthly Press is not offering it in ebook format yet. I'm sure they aren't doing it to boost hardbound sales, that would strike me as rather cheesy behavior. Maybe they're taking extra time to edit out all the usual ebook typos and also add nice reader features like pagination instead of that stupid % thing. Who wants to figure out what 13% of 452 is? Yeah, I'm sure that's the answer.)
  • (4/5)
    This was a great read with an extra bonus. I had no idea there was such a thing as honour killings. The act of killing a family member in certain religions because they are not "respectful". Such as women who want to wear makeup, go out to bars, etc. That was very enlightening and jaw dropping for me. The book went at a pretty fast pace and was very enjoyable. I really liked the characters, Tanner and Thorne. Tanner was a very hell bent woman and she was bound and determined to find the killers of her partner. Thorne was a likable character and I would definitely read another book wherein he is the main character.Thanks to Grove Atlantic and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • (5/5)
    If you enjoy British police procedurals, do not miss Mark Billingham. I think this is an especially good one. He tackles a horrific social issue without stereotyping. Not easy to do, and I'm glad he took on this issue in a thoughtful way.
  • (4/5)
    Perhaps it wasn't the best idea to start with the 14th instalment of a series, but this stood reasonably well on its own - apart from frequent references to "what happened at Polesford" - either tell us or don't mention it at all!DIs Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner investigate the murders and disappearances of young women and men from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh backgrounds due, Nicola believes, to "honour" killings, contracted out by their families to two men. She has little evidence for this and even the Honour Killings squad think she is wrong. This was a good read, although it mostly meandered along slowly before ending with a bang. The author could perhaps have done better at portraying the majority of the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities wanting nothing to do with honour killings: one woman in a green sari at the meetings and some ultimately-proved-to-have-been-innocent-all-along family members seemed a little grudging. Ravi and Muldoon were impressively awful, and I wonder how real that portrayal is: it would have seemed unlikely to me that different religious groups would contract out to the same person(s), but maybe the author did lots of research this.The touches of humour were welcome and Tom and Helen, Liam and Phil were likeable and believable couples. I'll look out for the 15th in the series.
  • (3/5)
    I haven't read any of the other books in the author's DI Tom Thorne series but I did read the prior DI Nicola Tanner book, "Die of Shame", which I liked more than I liked this book. However, this book works as a standalone. Tanner's partner Susan was recently murdered in their home and she is currently on compassionate leave. Tanner believes that she was actually the target of the killers because of her work on a series of honour killings within the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities and she enlists the help of Thorne to conduct an unofficial investigation of Susan's death. Their search is complicated when a teenaged couple disappears. The topic of honour killings was a novel one, but otherwise this was a straightforward police procedural. There was a lot of filler with Tanner's mourning and Thorne's home life with his girlfriend and her 3 year old son. I'm one of those readers who doesn't care about the lives of the detectives, so it felt like padding to me. The book was fine, though unexceptional, and I'd be willing to read more by this author. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
  • (4/5)
    It's a great big welcome back to that Merle Haggard, country lovin' detective, Tom Thorne. In one particular chapter there is a great and memorable moment when D I Tom Thorne is driving down the road singing at the top of his voice..."The late great Merle Haggard provided the accompaniment on the drive to a retail park in Wembley and Thorne sang along to Silver Wings with rather more gusto than he managed in the school hall the day before....." After the rather poor "Die of Shame" where we were first introduced to DI Nicola Tanner, and Thorne had a very minor cameo role in the final chapter, (the only good part of that book) it's a day of rejoicing to have TT back to his investigating best...we forgive him that he enjoys the company of country music and reluctantly accepts the approach of middle age...here he is back doing what he does best solving crime and crime does not come more topical that Mark Billingham's Love like Blood.DI Nicola Tanner has been investigating a series of what appear to be honour killings when her partner Susan is murdered. Turning to her good friend Tom Thorne she persuades him to help her uncover the truth behind the killings within the Muslim community, contracted out to hired assassins. Reading this book it is a pleasure to catch up on the old familiar faces especially the heavily tattooed Phil Hendricks, police pathologist, who is arguably Thorne's only real friend and together they enjoy good beer and watching football. He is in a relationship with social worker Helen and her young son Alfie but I can't help feeling that there is little future between them. The sex they share is passable...."Neither of them, had they been inclined to talk honestly about it, would have claimed it was the best sex they ever had.." and Helen still misses Paul, her previous partner, who was tragically killed and in one poignant moment she reveals her true feelings towards Thorne....."I'm happy really. You need to know that. But I want to be honest with you, and if I could go back and stop him being killed, I would. I'd do anything to have Paul alive again"....So for fans of Mark Billingham, "Love Like Blood" will not disappoint, it's like putting on a well worn pair of comfy shoes! The subject matter is very well chosen and of the moment, the police investigation of the finest, the characterization and familiarity of the "cast" most welcome, and the perpetrators Muldoon and Riaz evil and well suited to the task of hired assassins. I only hope that when we next encounter DI Thorne that he has resolved his differences with the lovely Helen, but sadly I fear this relationship is doomed! Many thanks to the publishers Little Brown for supply me with a gratis copy in return for an honest review and that is what I have written.
  • (4/5)
    A very solid entry in the continuing series of crime thrillers featuring the detective Tom Thorne. Thorne is co-opted by a colleague for an off-the-books investigation into the death of her partner which she believes was intended for her. The pair focus on investigations into ‘honour’ killings in the Asian community, believing that a pair of professional assassins are responsible, working through a local middle man.The culture clashes between Thorne and the Asian communities are both realistic and sensitively handled. Resolution comes through slow and painstaking police work rather than crash-bang violence and sudden bursts of investigative genius and is all the more real for that.The final twist takes the story in a completely different and rather shocking direction.
  • (4/5)
    Well written police story
  • (3/5)
    DI Nicola Tanner is investigating a series of killings. When her partner Susan is murdered she is taken off the case. She asks Tom Thorne to pursue the killers and the broker, which then leads both of them into the deadly world of honour killings.This is number 14 in the Tom Thorne series of novels. As always I would recommend that it is read in order to get to know Tom and his world. The books are about the character's own stories as well as the crime to be solved. Tom is still living with Helen Weeks and her son Alfie.One of my favourite characters of all time has to be Phil Hendriks, Tom's friend and pathologist. I always enjoy the banter that goes on between the two. This book for me has to be the worst Tom Thorne novel. The story was very now, and of our times but I felt it was too slow. A lot of the time not much was happening and it seemed a lot of book for what it was. I don't like not liking a book by one of my favourite authors and with characters I love but this book did nothing for me at all. I did finish the book but had to force myself.I love the series of books with a few that really stand out but this book just did not hit the mark. I won't be deterred from reading more in the future but if this book had been my first then it may have been my last.