The Demands

The Demands

Book - 2012
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The Crime The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is young mother, Detective Helen Weeks. She is told her life depends on the co-operation of one of her colleagues - detective Tom Thorne.

The Demand Akhtar is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in prison. He is convinced the death was not an accident and forces the one man who knows more about the case than any other, Thorne, to re-investigate.

The Twist What Thorne discovers will upend everything he thought he knew about the fate of those he's put away...but will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of a grieving and potentially violent father?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316126632
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Bil


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Dec 06, 2017

Thorne #10

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.

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.

Aug 03, 2014

Entertaining, good pace, DI Thorne was in good form

Jul 19, 2014

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

Oct 25, 2013

This is the same book as The Demands

Oct 25, 2013

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

Nov 01, 2012

Good as Dead republished under different title

Sep 06, 2012

The Demands is the best of the very good Tom Thorne novels. Give it a read. You won't be sorry.

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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