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Can Killing Ever Be Justified
Lazybones - Mark Billingham
Member Name: MollyWH
Lazybones - Mark Billingham
Advantages: a page turning book
Disadvantages: not a good as the others in the series
Lazy bones is the 3rd in the series of Mark Billingham books. Billingham's book follows DI Thorne as the main character along with various other characters that appear throughout his series of books.
In this book DI Tom Thorne is faced with yet another killer. This time the situation is slightly different, the killer is not murdering wholly innocent people, all the people being killed are convicted rapists - this book covers the moral dilemma of the police force tracking down a killer that in some respects is doing a favour for the rest of the world... after all, these people are convicted rapists... you meet characters throughout the book that believe the killer is doing the world a favour and other characters in the book believe that the convicted rapists have done their time in prison and have paid for their crimes... either way the killer is still taking a life.
The main character of Billingham's book is Tom Thorne. A middle-aged copper who cannot seem to leave his work at home. He has trouble keeping a relationship running alongside his work and finds it hard to balance the two. He already has a failed marriage behind him, he lives by himself in London with his cat Elvis. He has a love of some dodgy music (told so by all his friends and colleagues). I really like the characters in this book and like the fact that although every book is a new story, you are still following the personal life of the police officers and various other characters involved, especially Tom Thorne and his gay pathologist best mate.
The book starts with a letter written to a prisoner who is about to be released from prison. The letter is written from a woman called Jane. Remfry, the newly released prisoner is then found murdered in a hotel room days after his release. Another murder takes place in a similar setting and the connections begin to show. Each victim has been convicted of being a rapist. Each victim has been raped either before or after their death and all the victims have been strangled to death. Each victim has been found to have received a letter from Jane along with some teasing pictures of her. The murderer always ensures a wreath is left at the scene of the crime. At the 1st crime scene the florist returns the call of the killer hours after the murder has taken place (while the police are attending the scene) and this is where Thorne meets the florist, Eve who is his new love interest...
Running alongside the above story there is also the story of a rape that took place in 1975. The story follows a husband and wife after the wide has been raped and follows the wife having a mental breakdown after the court accused her of lying about being raped. The husband eventually kills his wife and then kills himself... this story runs alongside that of the main story and you slowly start to see the connections!
Thorne's team finds it hard to feel any emotion over the murders, as they are not exactly innocent men being killed.
This book is another great one by Billingham, I particularly enjoy that fact that these books follow the same characters as you get to meet each character and slowly learn to love or hate them. Definitely worth a read!
Summary: Can Killing Ever Be Justified?