The Demands

The Demands

Book - 2012
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Detective Tom Thorne is forced to re-consider an old case when a grieving father takes one of Thorne's colleagues hostage and demands to know the truth about how his son died in prison from the man who put him away.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780316126632
0316126632
Branch Call Number: BILLINGHA M
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 25 cm.

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rb3221
Nov 08, 2016

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.

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nannerl
Aug 25, 2015

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.

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rahmmie
Aug 03, 2014

Entertaining, good pace, DI Thorne was in good form

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hollyw25
Jul 19, 2014

Billingham did a lot with just one kidnapper and one hostage. Nicely written.

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Charlietwo
Oct 25, 2013

This is the same book as The Demands

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Charlietwo
Oct 25, 2013

As good as dead and
The Demands are the same book.
Seems to be a rip-off.

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pitkerro
Nov 01, 2012

Good as Dead republished under different title

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clairea
Oct 12, 2012

I have read most of Mark Billingham's books and enjoyed this one as well.

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dcafk
Sep 06, 2012

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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writer13
Jul 21, 2012

Despite this being the first book I've read in this series, Billingham does an exceptional job of allowing new readers to not feel like they're missing anything. I enjoyed the premise immensely and felt like despite the need to suspend disbelief on a few occasions, overall this was an enjoyable read.

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