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The first message sent to Tom Thorne's phone was just a picture - the blurred image of a man's face, but Thorne had seen enough dead bodies to know that the man was no longer alive. But who was he? Who sent the photograph? And why?

While the technical experts attempt to trace the sender, Thorne searches the bulletins for a reported death that matches the photograph. Then another picture arrives. Another dead man... It is the identities of the murdered men that give Thorne his first clue, a link to a dangerous killer he'd put away years before.

Now Tom Thorne must face one of the toughest challenges of his career, knowing that there is no killer more dangerous than one who has nothing left to lose.

©2007 Mark Billingham (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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  • JonR
  • 03-02-11

My first Mark Billingham - really good!

Downloaded this book after watching the Thorne episodes on Sky, and didn't regret it. Am now going to work through the Thorne back catalogue. Great mix of thriller, police detection, and character development, making one want to learn more about the key players, but at the same time wanting to get the plot moving. Extremely well read with great characterisations from Paul Thornley (has to be my favouraite narrator). My only regret is not having spent more time studying the copyright dates so that I listened to the books in chronological order. Highly recommended

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  • TJ
  • 01-21-14

As always totally amazing

What made the experience of listening to Death Message the most enjoyable?

Narrator is brilliant and the storyline as always drew me in

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom Thorne because he doesnt follow all the rules ... closely followed by Phil Hendry

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

he always narrates excellently

Any additional comments?

keep up the good work Mark Billingham, excellent.

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  • Sarah Hawkins
  • 07-19-17

Brilliant as Always

Hooked again from start to finish, Paul Thornley paints a real picture of the characters and reflects this within the voices

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-17

Very enjoyable story

Like the characters also a very good plot keep you listen always the narrator Paul thornley bring the characters to life

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  • mollyeyre
  • 08-16-15

Far too much bad language

I am in two minds about this one, firstly, I really got so sick of the f*** and the c*** words, they didn't add anything to the story and were boring and verging on offensive.

I wasn't overly impressed by the narrator, his basic voice was irritating, and his accents very strange - the Asian detective had a very caribbean lilt to it.

The overall story had merit and I wanted to stay the course and find out what it was all about.

One thing I really found disconcerting was that the person 'speaking' in the story changed from one to another without a pause for breathe or a different setting, so my thought process was - 'Oh, that's odd, I wonder why ....... Oh, it's moved on to another character!' This was probably down to the narrator, but it made for confusing listening.

I won't bother with another by Mark Billingham, nor will I attempt another read by Paul Thornley.

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  • Savage Henry
  • 07-20-17

Trundled along, spluttered a bit and fizzled out

Not particularly enjoyable if I'm honest. Spent most of it wanting to slap the lead copper for being a dick.

I could have forgiven his woeful interpersonal skills and general mediocrity if he'd have done something even halfway clever, entertaining or meaningful before the book petered out.

The book developed with all the dynamism of a quiche slowly collapsing at the back of a fridge, starting off unpromising, being ignored getting slowly worse before finally having to be disposed of a vague sense of regret and a dusty green mark the only signs it had ever been there.

Sorry, I really tried to like it.

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