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Book review: From the Dead 
29th-Jan-2011 11:33 am
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I finally got round to buying a Kindle the other week - I've still got stacks and stacks of unread books to get through but I figured at least this way I won't be adding to them. So I'll still be on "normal" books for some time yet but of course I had to try the new gadget out on a full-length book first so I went for the latest Mark Billingham. Firstly because it meant I could get it for roughly paperback price without having to wait until spring or carry around a big hardback, and secondly 'cause a book in a series I already enjoy seemed a good start to test the Kindle out - on this evidence it really is as good as everyone says.

From the Dead is another DI Thorne thriller - the first few books in the series have now been turned into a TV series which apparently was very good although it was on Sky so I haven't seen it yet. This time the twist is that, having just come out of prison for arranging the murder of her gangster husband, a woman is sent photos proving he's actually alive and well and living abroad. Tom Thorne, who investigated the original case, now has to prove it's really him, track him down and find out who died in his place. As usual Tom's got a couple of other cases on his mind at the same time, as well as a young private investigator who's out of her depth but insisting she be allowed in on the investigation. And for a change of scenery, the latter part of the book takes Thorne to Spain to seek out the gangster who's come back from the dead. This wasn't my favourite Thorne novel but it's still a solid addition to the series - as ever it's very dark but Billlingham occasionally throws in the odd line that made me chuckle out loud.
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