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Sleepyhead: Tom Thorne, Book 1 | [Mark Billingham]

Sleepyhead: Tom Thorne, Book 1

It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke, and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to 'murder'.
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It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke, and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to 'murder'.

The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for the killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes this error will enable them to track him down. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think.

When Thorne, helped by the neurologist looking after Alison, starts to realise what he is up against he knows the case is not going to be solved by normal methods; before he can find out who did it he has to understand why he's doing it.

©2001 Mark Billingham; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"A disturbing and thrilling medical procedural with memorable characters and bundles of atmosphere." (Guardian)

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    A great yarn. The depravity of it all is brought to life by a fabulous narrator. Really good fun.

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  • Sue
    Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom
    9/28/08
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    "Utterly Brilliant"

    Now here is a book to get your teeth into. Sleepy Head is the first book by this author and a fantastic start was made. The plot is cunning, twisting, methodical and curiously engrossing. I found myself listening at every opportunity I could manage. The characters are lifelike and believable which traits that play into the plot well.

    The book was read superbly and the narrators voice fitted the story well. The pace was excellent and the quality crisp and clear, with no changes in tone etc.

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a pleasure to hear and I have already set my next listens to pick up the remaining books by this author. I can see me having to bump up my subscription.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • PP Merge
    9/15/10
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    "Kept me awake!"

    Having been a recent convert to crime fiction through the Harry Bosch series it was interesting to listen to a title that was set where I live in London (no glorious sunsets over the LA landscape for Detective Thorne). It was shaky start but I ended up gripped at this hard-worn, world weary detective who is driven (sorry for the cliche) but flawed (and another). At the end of this story I went straight out and got the second book 'Scaredy Cat'.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    St Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    8/19/09
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    "Mark Billingham's 'Thorne'"

    My first 'Inspector Thorne' book and was not disappointed.
    I bought this Audibook for iPod to take on holiday for poolside 'reading' but ended up listening before!
    But not to worry I have book 2- if I can keep away from the play button!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice
    Bridlington, United Kingdom
    9/21/14
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    "Not Your Average Crime Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. It's not the run of the mill crime book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The leading character Tom Thorne.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by Robert Glenister was OUTSTANDING. I am the sort of person whose enjoyment of a story can be ruined by bad narration. But this reader has a beautiful voice, minimal accent, and he really dramatized the story. Superb. Will definitely be listening to more of his narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynda
    Birchington, Kent, United Kingdom
    11/17/10
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    "Compelling listen"

    This was a very different book to what I would usually chose, and I found it very compelling listening. Excellent narrative and excellent writing. Fabulous.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Taylor
    7/24/15
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    "Superb narration"

    Very good story, superb narration!!! Couldn't stop listening until it was all over. Looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • other nanny
    6/14/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Ordered the next book and cannot wait .
    My only criticism is that I prefer an in abridged book to make the story longer .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn Oliver-Hall
    6/9/15
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    "Fab"

    A Great story. A Fantastic narration. It was Gripping, chilling and engrossing to the end. Fab!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Murdoch
    uk
    5/26/15
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    "Decent crime book"

    Decent crime book. Avoided some cliches and narrator great. Such a shame it is abridged...it detracts from the book. But would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • crowdance
    4/18/15
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    "If only they took out the incidental music"

    I would have given this 5 stars if it had been recorded without the annoying musical inserts. Good story, good performance. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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