A very good fast paced story where Thorne needs to solve the murder of a young boy who did not commit suicide. The story has a real urgency based on the fact that it occurs over a three day period. The novel alternates between the hostage taker and his two hostages, the response of the hostage negotiators and Thorn's frantic investigations, while keeping the reader on edge and in suspense much of the time.
As usual Thorne has to cut through red tape and do it his way and potentially take both his life and his career into harms way. I particularly enjoyed the very satisfying and surprising ending especially the part with Helen Weeks as it puts a new perspective into Thorne's life.
A thoroughly very good read, a page turner and one of Billingham's best thus far.
I really enjoyed this page-turner, right to the tissues I needed at the end. Good plot, well-developed, genuine surprises, and very well written.
Entertaining, good pace, DI Thorne was in good form
Billingham did a lot with just one kidnapper and one hostage. Nicely written.
This is the same book as The Demands
As good as dead and
The Demands are the same book.
Seems to be a rip-off.
Good as Dead republished under different title
I have read most of Mark Billingham's books and enjoyed this one as well.
The Demands is the best of the very good Tom Thorne novels. Give it a read. You won't be sorry.
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