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To his friends, his foes and even to himself it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. On his last case he had seriously over-stepped the mark, and now gardening leave has been suggested and all he has to tend is a window box. So when it appears someone is targeting London's homeless community it seems pefectly natural for Thorne to take a step nearer to the gutter and go undercover amongst them. He blends into the sometimes invisble community easily - too easily perhaps - but the information he gleans quickly proves that this is no random killer, it is someone with a very distinct purpose and a very specific list of victims, only the team supporting Thorne from the outside don't have the key to motive or identity. Then somehow the fact that a policeman is working under cover becomes public knowledge ... With acute observation of character and place, combined with his acknowledged mastery of plotting, LIFELESS raises the Thorne series to an even higher level.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Little, Brown, 2005.
ISBN: 9780316727525
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,24 cm.


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Oct 22, 2016

My favorite Thorne book thus far, based on the world of the homeless with a close look into their daily lives, addictions and violence within the community.
Thorne goes under cover and becomes one of the homeless and makes 'friends' with a junkie couple, Spike and Caroline while trying to solve the violent deaths of two homeless people with more murders to come.
A great ending and a recommended novel.

Feb 24, 2015

At the start of Lifeless, I thought I wouldn't be able to read the entire book. It was depressing, and as usual, Tom Thorne was in trouble with the brass, delegated to "gardening duty" due to a previous cock up on the job. This time, begging to go under cover as a homeless man rather than dying of boredom. Life on the streets is depressing, an understatement at best. Thankfully I persisted with the novel after taking a short break and to my delight, I began to grow fond of the few "friends" Thorne made during his undercover stint. This novel covers social problems such as homelessness, addiction, ex-army individuals who are never the same once they return from the horrors of war and other issues that make for an insightful and sensitive handling of these social problems by a brilliant author. This novel begins much like Ravel's "Bolero", slowly building, dynamic and it reaches a point where the reader has no idea what the outcome will be. I allow for poetic license since some of the things that occur within the Met are highly unlikely. But, taking that into consideration, it's a well written, tense, exciting and interesting tale. Thorne, you just have to love the bugger!

mikeyppl Feb 29, 2012

This book wasn't quite as good as the previous four in the series but none the less was still a very good read.

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