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Publisher's Summary

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found.

How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

And how can Thorne catch a killer when he doesn't really care about the victims?

©2003 Mark Billingham (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"For those who have not yet come across the implacable D.I. Thorne and his team, treat yourself. You won't be disappointed." (Sunday Express)

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Story was OK but ‘music’ and heavy breathing between scenes/chapters was really annoying!

Story was OK but ‘music’ and heavy breathing between scenes/chapters was really annoying! Almost didn’t bother listening to the ending!

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  • Joseph
  • 08-23-06

A powerful book

Strange title this although all is revealed in the story which gives the truth to it. A cracking story with an interesting twist to the outcome. One can really feel for this policeman whose character comes over well as a real person with real life every day problems.

I was not keen on the overuse of the 'F' word throughout as this may spoil it for some people. I know this is the way that men talk to each other but it is not quite so necessary here except perhaps for emphasis.

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  • Miss
  • 09-03-16

Dark but brilliant

I'm so disappointed that the music is back. It really does spoil it so much. It turns the enjoyment of the book to annoyance. The Story excellent, onwards to Book 4,hoping for no music or deep breathing noises!

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  • Sue
  • 06-10-16

Great story

Like other abridged books this feels very disjointed in places.
Looking forward to the next in series which is unabridged!
Great narration and good characters.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-11-15

Easy listening

Easy listening, ok plot. Had guessed who it was sometime before the end. Different subjects matter, and quite a few twist that kept you going.

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  • Tom Southern
  • 05-09-15

Best Billingham yet!

What did you like most about Lazybones?

A good story told well. And I one whose ending I didn't see coming, although I had my usual fun guessing.

What did you like best about this story?

Opened up lots of false trails.

What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good voice and great story telling.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Billingham is becoming my favourite author.

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  • JANE PRIOR
  • 05-05-15

Obvious from near the beginning

I have read some other books by Mark Billingham and enjoyed them all. However this novel was extremely disappointing. The plot was weak and it didn't take long to work out who was committing the murders and why. The incidental music was tacky and completely superfluous. The narrator did well and his performance was by far the best element of this audiobook.

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  • PP Merge
  • 09-23-10

Thorne in my side

3 books in an I only just realised most of the DCI Thorne series are abridged. However, the abridgement is excellent and had I not spotted this I would have said they were complete. This is easily best of the first 3 and it feels like Mark Billingham has really started to know how to write Thorne and the regular characters. He shows a keen insight into the killer's background and treats the subject with care but not to the detriment of the story. If you love crime drama ignore the fact that its abridged and grab a Thorne now.

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  • Sue
  • 12-09-08

Cor! What a corker

Another most excellent book by Mark Billingham., the third ina series featuring Tom Thorne. This one sees Tom investigate a case for which there seems no motive, no reason to kill. And is the killer really providing a public service?

Expertly read by Robert Glennister I was once again completely hooked. The plot rattled along with the usual pace and the 'asides' just provided a glimpse of what is to come. Thoroughly engrossing and I have given up listening to the radio in the car. Mark is now my daily driving companion.
The audio pace and quality are perfet, I really don't know how Robert manages to make a 'gapless' reading but he is us proud.
Already looking forward to The Burning Girl (book 4) which promises more of the same.




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  • Paxbungle
  • 04-08-18

Ruined by intermittent jangling music

Jarring loud music between chapters makes listening an irritating experience.
Story and narration both fine.

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  • Hanna Nilsson Nerén
  • 03-21-18

Not as good as I expected

Interesting idea, but it takes ages before the plot starts for real and I got impatient listening to it. I think the ending was pretty obvious and disappointing. Compared to Lars Kepler, who make their stories thrilling from the beginning and makes you bite your nails at the end, Lazy Bones is not much to hang in the Christmas tree, as we say in Sweden.