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The Demands | [Mark Billingham]

The Demands

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

The Crime: The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is a 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, Thorne, to re-investigate.

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?

©2012 Mark Billingham (P)2012 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"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)

"Tom Thorne is the new superstar detective.... Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader of crime fiction." (Lee Child )

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    DI Thorne is not an unusual character for British crime fiction but he is enjoyable. I got caught up with the BBC televised mini series and then latched onto the books. Both are time well spent.

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    Gerry Prevost Trout Lake, Ontario 06-07-15
    Gerry Prevost Trout Lake, Ontario 06-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    Enjoyed the continuing story of DI Tom Thorne. Too much time has past since the last Thorne novel. I hope a the next novel doesn't leap ahead too much.

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    I really enjoyed the story and as with most of this genre (My favorite type of audible books) it was only slightly predictable. I did not agree with the one star rating. It is as good and as bad as most others in genre, escape listening with no lingering impression.

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