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Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Having seriously crossed the line on his last case and depressed over the recent suspicious death of his father, the once ambitious police detective has been reduced to pushing papers... and is being encouraged to take a prolonged leave of duty. But someone is stalking the city's most destitute citizens. Three homeless men have recently been kicked to death, each brutalized corpse discovered with a banknote pinned to its chest. With nothing to lose, Thorne volunteers to try to find the killer-taking to the streets he knows so well from his days as beat policeman and as a homicide detective, but this time joining the squalid ranks of life's rejects. In this harsh and harrowing netherworld, with its own rules and moral codes, a shocking link between the brutal crimes and a fifteen-year-old atrocity could end up costing Thorne what little life he has left.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla
[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2009
ISBN: 9780061874642
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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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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