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Mark Billingham - Author

About the Author

Mark Billingham has been awarded the 2003 Sherlock Award as the creator of the Best Detective created by a British writer and has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

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Maxim Jakubowski's view on DI TOM THORNE...

A dogged London cop whose beat somehow invariably crosses into the dark side and confronts evil at its cleverest.DEATH MESSAGE is the 7th in the series, and BLOOD LINE appears in August 2009.

Featured books by Mark Billingham

Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2018

In this the fourteenth Thorne book, DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings. When her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective heartbroken and hungry for revenge, Tanner is taken off the case and enlists the help of Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers. This is  chillingly clever and one of the best Thornes yet.  He fights against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real with Billingham's trademark sharp sharp wit and twists and turns at every corner. Highly recommended.

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Die of Shame

Die of Shame

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/2017

Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?

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Die of Shame

Die of Shame

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?

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Time of Death

Time of Death

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Unlucky for some but not for Billingham, this the thirteenth book in the Thorne series and is a cracker. Thorne's girlfriend, Police Officer Helen Weeks returns to the small Warwickshire town where she grew up when two school girls are abducted and Helen wants to show support to the accused.  The police believe they have their murderer in custody, but Helen has Thorne in tow and he is the one man who believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne in his own inimitable style sets himself on a collision course with the whole community as they close ranks and let's not forget the cold-hearted killer. As always, Billingham keeps you guessing 'til the final page as you shout for Billingham's finest creation, the cop you can't help but admire.

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Rush of Blood

Rush of Blood

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2013

Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder...Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices...Then, a second girl goes missing. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine? 

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Good as Dead

Good as Dead

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2011

The Hostage Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The Demand The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne.

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From the Dead

From the Dead

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/03/2011

It has been a decade since Alan Langford's charred remains were discovered in his burnt-out car. His wife Donna was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband and served ten years in prison. But just before she is released, Donna receives a nasty shock: an anonymous letter containing a photo of her husband. The man she hates with every fibre of her being ? the man she paid to have murdered ? seems very much alive and well. How is it possible that her husband is still alive? Where is he? Who sent the photo, and why? DI Tom Thorne becomes involved in a case where nothing and no one are what they seem. It will take him much further from his London beat than he has ever been before ? and closer to a killer who will do anything to protect his new life.

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Sleepyhead

Sleepyhead

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2010

The first in what has become a legendary series of crime books, Sleepyhead introduces us to the tortured yet complex Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, a cop battling his demons. The case begins when a few young women die from a stroke and they realise there is a twisted killer on the loose. When one of the victims Alison Willetts is found alive, D.I. Tom Thorne has more to work with. It's a fast-paced thriller, that I promise will keep you guessing until the end. Hello Tom, I want to read more.

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Other books by Mark Billingham

Sleepyhead

Sleepyhead

Author: Mark Billingham, Lee Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

A stunning 20th anniversary paperback edition of the groundbreaking first Tom Thorne novel, a case that changed crime fiction forever . . . Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel but she is completely unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. Thorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to say anything . . . 'One of my favourite authors' Harlan Coben 'A terrifically stylish debut novel' Independent on Sunday 'The next superstar detective' Lee Child

OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology

OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology

Author: Mark Billingham, Helen J. Kitching Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2020

Exam Board: OCR Level: GCSE Subject: Psychology First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Help students to build their subject knowledge and understanding with activities, guidance and assessment preparation tailored to the 2017 OCR requirements and brought to you by subject specialist and OCR's Publishing Partner for GCSE Psychology. - Prepare students for assessment with skills-building activities and practice questions developed for the new specification. - Progressively develop students' subject knowledge through accessible diagrams and key content summaries that aid understanding and help weaker students access the main points. - Build conceptual understanding and critical thinking skills with a wealth of targeted activities. - Extend learning and enhance responses with extension questions, stimulus material and suggestions for further reading. - Consolidate understanding of technical vocabulary and core concepts through accessible explanations of key terms. Contents Introduction 1. Criminal Psychology 2. Development 3. Psychological problems 4. Social influence 5. Memory 6. Sleep and Dreaming 7. Research Methods Answers

Cry Baby

Cry Baby

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

'One of the great series of British crime fiction' --- THE TIMES 'Cry Baby is the perfect prequel to send us back to revel in Tom Thorne's twenty years. As if we needed reminding how good Mark Billingham is' --- VAL MCDERMID It's 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow. So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot. The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne's sights. This case will be the making of him . . . or the breaking. The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham's acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction's most iconic detectives. 'Tom Thorne is one of the most credible and engaging heroes in contemporary crime fiction. Mark Billingham is a master of psychology, plotting and the contemporary scene - making the Thorne novels the complete package. Twenty years in and better than ever' IAN RANKIN 'Mark Billingham is one the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents' PETER JAMES 'Billingham is always a must read' HARLAN COBEN

Cry Baby

Cry Baby

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2020

'One of the great series of British crime fiction' --- THE TIMES 'Cry Baby is the perfect prequel to send us back to revel in Tom Thorne's twenty years. As if we needed reminding how good Mark Billingham is' --- VAL MCDERMID It's 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow. So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot. The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne's sights. This case will be the making of him . . . or the breaking. The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham's acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction's most iconic detectives. 'Tom Thorne is one of the most credible and engaging heroes in contemporary crime fiction. Mark Billingham is a master of psychology, plotting and the contemporary scene - making the Thorne novels the complete package. Twenty years in and better than ever' IAN RANKIN 'Mark Billingham is one the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents' PETER JAMES 'Billingham is always a must read' HARLAN COBEN

Sleepyhead

Sleepyhead

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

A must for Mark Billingham fans, this is a lavish signed and numbered limited hardback edition of his groundbreaking first Tom Thorne novel contains a new foreword by Lee Child exclusive to this edition. Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel but she is completely unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. Thorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to say anything . . . In the year Mark Billingham publishes his 20th novel, a prequel to Sleepyhead, this stunning hardback celebrates Tom Thorne's unforgettable and terrifying first case that changed crime fiction forever. 'One of my favourite authors' Harlan Coben 'A terrifically stylish debut novel' Independent on Sunday 'The next superstar detective' Lee Child

Their Little Secret

Their Little Secret

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

She says she's an ordinary mother. He knows a liar when he sees one. Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It's what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling. Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman's suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women. A man who is about to change Sarah's life. From five-million-copy bestseller Mark Billingham comes a breathless new thriller starring Thorne and Tanner that readers will devour . . . 'You will not be able to put this book down. Their Little Secret is an unforgettable ride' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'Hugely intelligent and authentic' BELINDA BAUER, author of Snap ________________ PRAISE FOR MARK BILLINGHAM 'One of the great series of British crime fiction' THE TIMES 'An unconventional literary superstar' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Billingham is a world-class writer' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'A new Mark Billingham is always a treat' SUSIE STEINER 'Finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore' CARA HUNTER 'Perfectly executed and with a thoroughly unnerving twist' GUARDIAN 'Thorne is a terrific invention' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'Mark Billingham gets better and better' MICHAEL CONNELLY

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2018

Exam board: OCR Level: GCSE Subject: Psychology First teaching: September 2016 First exams: Summer 2018 Target success in OCR GCSE Psychology with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. With My Revision Notes, every student can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner. - Consolidate subject knowledge by working through clear and focused content coverage. - Test understanding and identify areas for improvement with regular 'Now Test Yourself' tasks and answers. - Improve exam technique through practice questions, expert tips and examples of typical mistakes to avoid. - Get exam ready with extra quick quizzes and answers to the practice questions available online.

Die toten Katzen von London

Die toten Katzen von London

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

London. In beschaulichen Vorgarten einer friedlichen Wohngegend werden Katzen gefunden, die auf brutalste Weise von einem Menschen getotet wurden. Als die Zahl der toten Katzen immer weiter steigt, wird DI Tom Thorne damit beauftragt, der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen und dem sadistischen Treiben ein Ende zu setzen. Thorne macht sich nur widerwillig an die Arbeit. Bis er erleben muss, dass Tiere manchmal nur der Anfang sind - und dass manche Morde ebenso schreckliche wie uberraschende Motive haben.

Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2017

Der Bestseller aus Grobritannien!In einem friedlichen Wohnviertel wird eine Frau in ihrem eigenen Haus mit Sure begossen und brutal ermordet. Der Polizei fehlt jede Spur. Niemand scheint einen Grund gehabt zu haben, der Lehrerin etwas anzutun. Ihre Lebensgefhrtin hingegen war Polizistin, und ermittelte in einer Reihe ungelster Flle die alle auf organisierte Ehrenmorde hindeuteten. War sie das eigentliches Ziel der Tter? DI Tom Thorne bernimmt die Ermittlungen und betritt eine gefhrliche Welt, in der Familien ihre eigenen Gesetze haben. Thorne setzt alles daran, zu verhindern, dass Eltern im Namen der Ehre zu Mrdern ihrer eigenen Kinder werden - und muss erfahren, was es bedeutet, wenn Liebe zu Blut gerinnt.

Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2017

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 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 more 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.

In The Dark

In The Dark

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

Discover the second of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks - continuing from number one bestseller Time of Death. 'Billingham produces an astonishing final twist' Sunday Telegraph A rainy night in London. Shots are fired into a car which swerves on to the pavement, ploughing into a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost an innocent victim their life. But the reality is far more sinister... One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger; an ageing gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. Two weeks away from giving birth, how will she deal with a world where death is an occupational hazard? In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come. The hugely acclaimed latest novel in Mark Billingham's bestselling series, Love Like Blood, is out now.

Die Schande der Lebenden

Die Schande der Lebenden

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2016

Funf Menschen, die sich zufallig begegnen, bilden einen Kreis. Jeder von ihnen hat ein dunkles Geheimnis. Doch eines davon ist schwarz wie die Nacht.Funf Menschen, die unterschiedlicher nicht sein konnten, versammeln sich jeden Montag im selben Haus. Sie alle sind Verlorene, die in ihrem Leben Schande auf sich geladen haben und sich nun auf der Suche nach Hilfe zufallig begegnet sind. In ihrer Mitte sitzt der Therapeut Tony De Silva, der eine ganz eigene Vergangenheit hat. In ihrem Kreis offenbaren sich die funf gegenseitig ihre dunkelsten Geheimnisse. Dabei gibt es nur eine Regel: Nichts von dem, was zwischen ihnen besprochen wird, darf jemals nach auen dringen. Selbst als einer der funf ermordet aufgefunden wird, bricht keiner sein Schweigen. Und doch ist nichts mehr wie zuvor. Denn zum Kreis gehort nun auch ein Morder - der alles uber die anderen wei.

In intuneric

In intuneric

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

O noapte ploioasa, in Londra. Un ritual de initiere din cadrul unei bande se sfarseste cu focuri de arma intr-o masina care vireaza brusc pe trotuar si plonjeaza intr-o statie de autobuz. Totul duce la moartea unei victime nevinovate. Dar realitatea este mult mai teribila...O viata este distrusa si alte trei sunt marcate pentru totdeauna: a tanarului care a apasat pe tragaci, a unui batran gangster care planuia o razbunare mortala si a femeii insarcinate care se lupta cu disperare sa descopere adevarul. Cum se va descurca ea, cu numai doua saptamani inainte de a naste, intr-o lume in care moartea este un risc profesional?Intr-un oras in care violenta poate fi intamplatoare sau meticulos planificata, in care bandele de adolescenti intra in conflict cu cele ale infractorilor de cariera si in care loialitatea se plateste cu sange, orice este posibil.

Die of Shame

Die of Shame

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series. Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?

Die Scherben der Wahrheit

Die Scherben der Wahrheit

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2015

Der Autor von Die Lugen der Anderen ist zuruck - und nimmt Sie mit auf eine Reise in die Finsternis. In einer regnerischen Nacht kommt ein Auto von der Fahrbahn ab und rast in eine Bushaltestelle. Mehrere Menschen werden verletzt, fr Paul Hopwood kommt jede Hilfe zu spt. Die Polizei glaubt, dass Paul das zufllige Opfer eines Initiationsritus wurde, wie er unter Jugendgangs in diesem Teil Londons keine Seltenheit ist. Pauls hochschwangere Frau Helen aber will nicht glauben, dass ihr Mann auf so sinnlose und zufllige Weise ums Leben kam. Als sie unbekannte Nummern auf Pauls Handy entdeckt, erhrtet sich ihr Verdacht. Helen begibt sich auf eine Reise durch die Nacht, auf der Suche nach der Antwort auf eine frchterliche Frage: Wer war der Mann wirklich, dessen Kind sie unter dem Herzen trgt?

Great Lost Albums

Great Lost Albums

Author: Mark Billingham, David Quantick, Martyn (Tania Carver) Waites, Stav Sherez Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

We can all name the classic rock and pop albums of the last fifty years. But what about the great lost albums? The albums that fell behind the back of the musical sofa? The albums that, in a very real sense, have been completely made up by the authors of this book? It took a bestselling crime writer or three to hunt down these fifty lost classics, and an award-winning TV comedy scriptwriter to buy them a pint and make them write it. From the 60s to the 00s, with track listings and full histories, Great Lost Albums reveals the recordings that - just perhaps - never existed, but really should have done. Albums include: * Bob Dylan's legendary collaboration with Liberace * Joy Division's 'musical theatre' period * Coldplay's IKEA Sessions, including 'Conscious Uncoupling (See Leaflet for Details)' and 'In my Place (There's a Lovely HEMNES Shelving System)' * The Who's magisterial, abandoned rock opera 'Bingo Wizard' * Kraftwerk's hastily deleted Christmas album, featuring the melancholic classic 'I Wish to Return this Item' ...and many, many more.