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Lifeless : a novel

Author: Mark Billingham
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"To friends and enemies alike, it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Depressed by the recent loss of his father and berated for seriously overstepping the mark on his last case, he's been encouraged to take "gardening" leave. For am ambitious detective - especially one without so much as a window box - it's a fairly dire situation." "But not as dire as the situation for London's homeless. Three
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Series
Mystery fiction
Named Person: Tom Thorne, (Fictitious character); Tom Thorne, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Billingham
ISBN: 9780060841669 0060841664
OCLC Number: 225928227
Description: pages cm
Responsibility: Mark Billingham.

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"To friends and enemies alike, it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Depressed by the recent loss of his father and berated for seriously overstepping the mark on his last case, he's been encouraged to take "gardening" leave. For am ambitious detective - especially one without so much as a window box - it's a fairly dire situation." "But not as dire as the situation for London's homeless. Three men, sleeping rough on the streets, have been murdered, each victim kicked to death and found with a banknote pinned to his chest. Were these men just random alcoholics, junkies, and jetsam? Or were they targeted for a reason?"

"With nothing to lose, Thorne sets out to find the killer. It helps that he's well acquainted with the streets, once as a policeman on the beat, but now as one of life's rejects. In a harsh and harrowing netherworld, with its own rules and moral codes, Thorne discovers the horrifying link between the homeless victims and the perpetrators of a fifteen-year-old atrocity." "Those who know are saying nothing. But the word on these streets is that the killer is a cop. A policeman, it seems, was sniffing around long before Thorne came on the scene." "The latest in the Tom Thorne series, Lifeless is the story of a man as driven to find a ruthless killer as he is to bring about his own self-destruction."--Jacket.

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