Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood Internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham s riveting new novel Love Like Blood marks the return of series character Tom Thorne the next superstar detective Lee Child as he pairs up with pe

  • Title: Love Like Blood
  • Author: Mark Billingham
  • ISBN: 9780802126535
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham s riveting new novel Love Like Blood marks the return of series character Tom Thorne, the next superstar detective Lee Child , as he pairs up with perfectionist detective inspector Nicola Tanner of Die of Shame on an investigation that ventures into politically sensitive territory.DI Nicola Tanner needs Tom Thorne s helInternationally bestselling author Mark Billingham s riveting new novel Love Like Blood marks the return of series character Tom Thorne, the next superstar detective Lee Child , as he pairs up with perfectionist detective inspector Nicola Tanner of Die of Shame on an investigation that ventures into politically sensitive territory.DI Nicola Tanner needs Tom Thorne s help Her partner, Susan, has been brutally murdered and Tanner is convinced that it was a case of mistaken identity that she was the real target The murderer s motive might have something to do with Tanner s recent work on a string of cold case honor killings she believes to be related Tanner is now on compassionate leave but insists on pursuing the case off the books and knows Thorne is just the man to jump into the fire with her He agrees but quickly finds that working in such controversial territory is dangerous in ways than one And when a young couple goes missing, they have a chance to investigate a case that is anything but cold.Racing towards a twist filled ending, Love Like Blood is another feat of masterful plotting from one of Britain s top crime novelists.

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    • Sandy says:

      Book #14 in the Tom Thorne series gives us a proper twisty police procedural that deals with a delicate issue. DI Nicola Tanner is convinced her partner’s murder was a case of mistaken identity & she was the real target. Tanner has a theory about some recent honour killings in London. It’s a sensitive subject & she hasn’t exactly endeared herself to members of the religious communities involved.When she’s put on compassionate leave, some of her colleagues are hoping a little tim [...]

    • Gary says:

      This is the 14th book in the Tom Thorne series by author Mark Billingham. I have read and enjoyed all the previous books in this series so it was a pleasure to read this one. As always the plot was excellent, the characters continue to develop and the overall story well paced.I am so familiar with these characters that the books are so easy to read that I look forward to each new book in the series.In this book DI Nicola Tanner needs Tom Thorne’s help. Her partner, Susan, has been brutally mur [...]

    • Christine says:

      There is no greater detective than Tom Thorne. Fact. He is the kind of man you would want on your side, willing to bend the rules and tackle whatever is thrown at him. Mark Billingham in Love Like Blood takes on the issue of honour killings.Honour killings are the killings of a close relative due to perceived loss of honour, by their behaviours. It is the notion of bringing shame upon a family.D. I. Nicola Tanner is on compassionate leave, following the death of her partner. She seeks out Tom Th [...]

    • Liz Barnsley says:

      Always a joy to spend some time with Tom Thorne, definitively for me one of the best fictional detectives on the scene currently, with Love Like Blood Mark Billingham tackles a sensitive and I think very important subject with a healthy dose of reality and genuine consideration. That plus giving us a banging great read as always.Much less a whodunnit and much more a twisted tale to the full truth of the matter, Tom is pulled into a contrary situation by Nicola Tanner (see Die Of Shame ) who havi [...]

    • I read novels says:

      I am a great fan of Mark Billingham novels. I have read Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, Time of Death. Love Like Blood is painful, frightening and quite disturbing in equal measure. Somewhere in the police files there was a reference to two men. It is believed that two hit men were paid to murder. Their methods of killing were always different and the locations. They were contracted out to honour killings all over the world. Two men were waiting for DI Nicola Tanner to come home. They had wa [...]

    • Karen says:

      Another fantastic novel from my favorite crime writer.Book 14 from the Tom Thorne series and just as fresh and exciting as his first book

    • Margaret says:

      This was not a favourite for me.Firstly, I don't much care for the character of DI Nicola Tanner. And the theme of the book was honor killings, and that is one subject I find very hard to read about.Tom Thorne ploughed a fairly straight furrow, as usual, and Phil Hendricks provided much needed comic relief. The main villain didn't come as much of a surprise, but I felt that the denoument of the second case came from too far out of left field.It was an okay read, by strictly for die hard Mark Bil [...]

    • Trev Twinem says:

      It's a great big welcome back to that Merle Haggard, country lovin' detective, Tom Thorne. In one particular chapter there is a great and memorable moment when D I Tom Thorne is driving down the road singing at the top of his voice"The late great Merle Haggard provided the accompaniment on the drive to a retail park in Wembley and Thorne sang along to Silver Wings with rather more gusto than he managed in the school hall the day before" After the rather poor "Die of Shame" where we were first in [...]

    • Linda says:

      This is the first ebook that I have read and I would like to thank NetGalley for the proof.As always I cannot fault a Mark Billingham book. His characters are old friends and the places Tom Thorne and his cohorts frequent are as known to me as if I had actually been therePrior to this book, I had no idea that honour killings existed outside countries like India or Pakistan. So I was horrified upon reading Marks notes at the end of the story, to find that this is a growing problem in The UK.In Lo [...]

    • Book Addict Shaun says:

      It has been far too long since I have read a Tom Thorne novel and so I couldn’t wait to read Love Like Blood when I moved it to the top of my TBR. Returning to this series is like meeting old friends again. Thorne is one of my favourite fictional detectives and I love his friendship with Phil Hendricks, his general outlook on life, his love of curries and country music, just everything about him. Except maybe his relationship with Helen, even after a few books with her she just isn’t a chara [...]

    • Trina says:

      I received this arc from Netgalley. A pretty good read with lots of action. Held my attention throughout.

    • Tucker says:

      I’ve been eagerly awaiting Mark Billingham’s next Tom Thorne book, and “Love Like Blood” exceeded every expectation I had. Billingham has long been in my “must read” category and I think this book is his absolute best. It’s a great crime novel with fascinating characters, wry (and welcome) humor, and a plot filled with unexpected twists. I think the final twist is one most readers won’t see coming - I sure didn’t! What puts this novel above Billingham’s other outstanding book [...]

    • BookwormCatLady says:

      I can pretty much guarantee that any book by Mark Billingham featuring Tom Thorne will be a 5 star before I even read it, and Love Like Blood is no exception.In Tom Thorne's 14th instalment we welcome back DI Nicola Tanner who first appeared in the standalone Die Of Shame. Her partner Susan was recently killed in their home and Nicola is so hell-bent on tracking down her killers that she enlists the help of her colleague - the rather unorthodox Tom Thorne - knowing he is not averse to bending ce [...]

    • Denise says:

      "If you can kill your own flesh and blood because something they've done means you don't think you can hold your head up in a temple or in some poxy neighbourhood cafeJesus, I think I understand serial killers better than that."This 14th book in the Tom Thorne series focused on honour killings in the UK. Thorne joins forces with Nicola Tanner (DIE OF SHAME - a recent standalone) to ferret out the ringleader and the hired killers. The narrative zips along, solid police procedural, with characters [...]

    • Debbie says:

      This was a great read with an extra bonus. I had no idea there was such a thing as honour killings. The act of killing a family member in certain religions because they are not "respectful". Such as women who want to wear makeup, go out to bars, etc. That was very enlightening and jaw dropping for me. The book went at a pretty fast pace and was very enjoyable. I really liked the characters, Tanner and Thorne. Tanner was a very hell bent woman and she was bound and determined to find the killers [...]

    • Lynn says:

      Exciting entry in the Tom Thorne series. Lots of supporting character action and Tom earns his salary solving these cases.

    • Elaine Tomasso says:

      I would like to thank Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for an advance copy of Love Like Blood, the 14th police procedural to feature DI Tom Thorne.The novel opens with Tom Thorne bumping into DI Nicola Tanner whom he worked with in Die Of Shame. Nicola is grieving for her partner, Susan, who was murdered a couple of weeks earlier and is on compassionate leave. She is obviously excluded from the investigation which she believes was a case of mistaken identity linked to her investigation into contract [...]

    • Roy says:

      3.5* My 1st Thorne novel and it was enjoyable. Crimes committed around Honour Killings which is a touchy subject. I wouldnt say its a typical crime novel ( murder catch the bad guy), it seemed to have more of a conspiracy theory type approach. The lack of attachment to the characters that the authors written about for 14 or so books may have prevented my rating from being higher.

    • Trev Twinem says:

      A welcome return for an old friend It's a great big welcome back to that Merle Haggard, country lovin' detective, Tom Thorne. In one particular chapter there is a great and memorable moment when D I Tom Thorne is driving down the road singing at the top of his voice"The late great Merle Haggard provided the accompaniment on the drive to a retail park in Wembley and Thorne sang along to Silver Wings with rather more gusto than he managed in the school hall the day before" After the rather poor "D [...]

    • Jen says:

      Like many people, I watched the first episode of the TV series Written In Blood in which Simon Toyne interviewed Mark Billingham about the case which inspired his book, Love Like Blood. Now I don't know anybody who wouldn't have been moved an indeed horrified by the true story of Banaz Mahmod and the way in which she suffered at the hands of family for the simple act of falling in love with the wrong man. It is something in Western culture that we take for granted - the basic right to love and [...]

    • Joyce says:

      I see that I read the first in the series, and here we are already at 14. (Guess they were just coming out on audio when I read that in 2014). Billingham narrates and he's surprisingly good, matching the building intensity of the cases but also the emotional element. Here he also has help from two Indian narrators, as the story involves Honor Killings in London, and a Bangladeshi couple has gone missing. DI Tom Thorne works that case as well as one on the side with fellow DI Nicola Tanner, whose [...]

    • Dan says:

      Tom Thorne returns for a new case. DI Nicola Tanner's partner has been murdered and Tanner is convinced it's connected to a series of honour killings committed by a pair of assasins. Her superiors aren't convinced so she seeks the help of someone who doesn't always follow the rules: Thorne. There were lots of cultural sensitivities wrapped up in this book but Billingham handles it superbly. Neither the author not Thorne ever come across as racist and clearly Billingham has done his research to m [...]

    • Bruce Hatton says:

      After the bitterly disappointing Die Of Shame, Mark Billingham is back on top form with his latest novel, and marks a welcome full-time return for his main protagonist, DCI Tom Thorne.The novel delves into the highly contemporary and contentious issues of "honour killings" and the accompanying and alarming rise of nationalism and xenophobia in the U.K. However, rather than getting bogged down in empty polemics, Billingham always keeps the story on a personal level and explores individual motivat [...]

    • Scott says:

      I love Billingham's writing, and this is no exception. A great plot, well-created characters, and a nice big twist to surprise your socks enough. Crime writing at its best! Don't miss out.

    • Julie Lacey says:

      It was good to read a Tom Thorne book again but this one didn't really have the wow factor for me. It was a really interesting story but not one that had me on the edge of my seat. Hopefully the next one will be more action packed.

    • Julia says:

      Love Like Blood is another great read from Mark Billingham. Like all of his books, it is written in an assured and confident style, well-plotted and unnervingly creepy. I like Thorne's set-up with Helen and Alfie and there are some good scenes and humour with Hendricks to balance the darker parts of the story. I saw Mark Billingham (in conversation with Christopher Brookmyre - two of my favourite authors in one room!) speak about the inspiration for this book and it was very moving to see how ut [...]

    • Denise says:

      In London wird eine Frau in ihrem eigenen Haus überfallen, mit Säure überschüttet und brutal ermordet. Ihre Lebenspartnerin Nicola Tanner vermutet, dass der Angriff ihr selbst und nicht ihrer großen Liebe galt. Sie bittet Detective Tom Thorne um Unterstützung. Dieser ist nicht sonderlich begeistert, muss aber schnell feststellen, dass hinter dem Mord mehr steckt als Hass auf Polizisten"Love like blood" ist bereits der 14. Fall für Detective Tom Thorne aus der Feder von Mark Billingham und [...]

    • Deborah says:

      I should start by mentioning that it’s not a problem if this is your first Tom Thorne. There’s really no detailed backstory required and anything we need to know Billingham provides quickly and simply. In fact, it wasn’t until I added the book into that I remembered I’d read no. 13 in the series and vaguely recalled the context. I didn’t even remember DI Tanner (as lead investigator) from Die of Shame, so this can easily be read as a standalone. I was surprisingly riveted by the plot [...]

    • Liz Mistry says:

      In my opinion Mark Billingham's Love Like Blood is this years must read novel. It is superb!Love Like Blood is a tense read about honour killings inspired by the horrific murder of 19 year old Banaz Mahmood in 2006. Banaz was murdered by hit men paid for by her uncle and father because she fell in love with the wrong man. A man who ten years later, grief stricken killed himself. The sad thing is this tragedy is not an isolated event and the CPS suspects many more incidences of 'honour' related c [...]

    • Monica says:

      DI Tom Thorne is approached by his colleague DI Nicola Tanner. She is on compassionate leave following the savage murder of her lover Susan, a school teacher, in their home. She is convinced that the killer was targeting her – Susan was driving Nicola’s car that day. She further thinks it may have to do with the fact that she is investigating a series of so-called honor killings in the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities over a period of years. One of those killings is an unsolved four-year o [...]

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