On his last case, he over-stepped the mark, and now Tom Thorne's career is on the skids... So when he learns that someone is targeting London's homeless community, it seems natural for Thorne to go undercover amongst them. His investigations quickly prove that this is no random killer; it is someone with a specific list of victims. Then the news that a policeman is working undercover becomes public knowledge, placing Thorne in mortal danger....
©2005 Mark Billingham (P)2005 WF Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By katy on 16-12-13

Well written, well researched, well read - The 3Rs

If you could sum up Lifeless in three words, what would they be?

A great read

What other book might you compare Lifeless to, and why?

This is a book on its own

What about Paul Thornley’s performance did you like?

The book was well read, the voices are good, everything is clear

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the statistics were mentioned about how many ex-military there were in the over 25's homeless!

Any additional comments?

A compelling read. Well done Mark Billingham - This book kept my attention.
I could not walk past the Big Issue Seller without buying a copy.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mike A on 03-02-11

Life Draining

As someone who devours crime novels I was disappointed with my first Mark Billingham book. It was not helped by the plodding delivery of the reader. Just because the book is set in London, there is no need to have a reader with a flat London or Southern England accent! The reader of this book, must have read the title and decided to deliver the words in a lifeless manner. If the plot moves along at a pace, then one can forgive and overlook weaknesses in the story. Once a pattern to the murders had been established, no explanation was offered as to why Thorne needed to remain undercover on the streets. This was a really weak point, together with the repetitive and tedious discourse of 'life on the streets'. Anyone who regularly reads crime novels is aware of 'life on the edge' and this book did not try or succeed in shedding any new light on the homeless problem. I shall listen to another Billingham novel and hopefully, Lifeless, is one of his weaker novels.

One last point; a good reader can grab the listener's attention and maintain their interest even if the material is a little lacking. A poor reader can ruin very well written books.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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