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The Demands

Good as Dead – reviews

“Mr. Billingham is an exciting writer who never fails to deliver something original and unforgettable each time he sits down to write. Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation, a breath of fresh air in a world chock-a-block with mundane copycats. With its masterfully complex plot laced with gripping suspense, The Demands is a captivating and intelligent crime thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.”
New York Journal of Books

‘Taut and tense, with an unusually sympathetic hostage-taker’
The Times

‘The best thrillers make you see familiar territory in a new light.
Mark Billingham has always done that’

Sunday Telegraph

‘With his crowd-pleasingly maverick approach, Thorne would have been as popular as the new Met Commissioner: give David Morrissey the uniform, and let Billingham write his lines’
Daily Telegraph
‘This may well be Billingham’s best book yet… Billingham has a shrewd sense of timing, which he puts to excellent use, especially with a neatly orchestrated series of jaw-dropping surprises towards the end of the novel. Thorne becomes more and more interesting with every book’
The Spectator

‘Mark Billingham takes the familiar elements of the police-procedural novel and makes them interesting in a way few other bestselling crime writes can manage. Good as Dead is as exciting as any thriller, but it has a serious side that makes it much more than that’
Times Literary Supplement

‘A clever writer, Billingham ratchets up the tension and sustains it brilliantly throughout the book as Thorne, racing against time, begins to uncover a shocking chain of events involving corruption and exploitation at the highest level’
Daily Mail 

Carefully researched and has scrupulously placed clued and credible characters’
Literary Review

‘With DI Tom Thorne’s 10th outing, Mark Billingham proved he’s a real contender for the title of nation’s top crime writer’
The Mirror

‘Another top offering from Billingham’
The Sun

‘Just as we become used to (and are perhaps wearying of) the influx of foreign crime novels, here comes Mark Billingham with a thoroughly British police thriller’
Time Out 

‘Mark Billingham’s new Tom Thorne story is a rollercoaster of a read’
Daily Express 

‘A good mix of action and detection, making the book both chilling and clever, the perfect combination for a crime novel’
The Scotsman


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