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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

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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

The Missing Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. The Accused When it's splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates' wife - an old school friend of Helen's - who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband's innocence. The Dead As residents and media bay for Bates' blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer in custody, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk - and a merciless killer. Tom Thorne returns in a chilling mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page. Time of Death is Mark Billingham's most timely, atmospheric thriller to date.

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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

A 2012 World Book Night selection. It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to murder. The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for the killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes the murderer has made a mistake, which ought to allow them to get on his tracks. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think. When Thorne, helped by the neurologist looking after Alison, starts to realise what he is up against he knows the case is not going to be solved by normal methods - before he can find out who did it he has to understand why he's doing it.

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Other books by Mark Billingham

Their Little Secret

Their Little Secret

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

'Hugely intelligent and authentic' BELINDA BAUER, AUTHOR OF SNAP 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 number one, five-million-copy bestseller Mark Billingham comes a breathless new thriller starring Thorne and Tanner that readers will devour. 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

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.

The Killing Habit

The Killing Habit

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

'One of the great series of British crime fiction' The Times From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case. How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We've all heard about the signs: coldness, cruelty, mistreatment of animals. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of a psychopath all too well, so when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets, he sees a chance to stop a future murderer. Others are less convinced, so Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. The journey brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart. ---------- 'A new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real' SUSIE STEINER 'Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul' CARA HUNTER 'An unconventional literary superstar' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Thorne is a terrific invention' IRISH INDEPENDENT

The Killing Habit

The Killing Habit

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

'One of the great series of British crime fiction' The Times From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case. How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We've all heard about the signs: coldness, cruelty, mistreatment of animals. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of a psychopath all too well, so when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets, he sees a chance to stop a future murderer. Others are less convinced, so Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. The journey brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart. ---------- 'A new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real' SUSIE STEINER 'Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul' CARA HUNTER 'An unconventional literary superstar' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Thorne is a terrific invention' IRISH INDEPENDENT

Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

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

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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.

OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology

OCR GCSE (9-1) Psychology

Author: Mark Billingham, Helen Kitching Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2017

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

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.

Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2017

A BLOODY MESSAGE As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. A POWERFUL ALLY Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. A CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour. From number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real.

Love Like Blood

Love Like Blood

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2017

From number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real. 'Groundbreaking and gripping' Sunday Times A BLOODY MESSAGE As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. A POWERFUL ALLY Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. A CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

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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Time of Death TV Tie In

Time of Death TV Tie In

Author: Mark Billingham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2017

Discover the first of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks. 'Clever and inventive' Financial Times Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. When family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates' wife - an old school friend of Helen's - who is living under siege and convinced of her husband's innocence. As residents and media bay for Bates' blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Helen sets herself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk - and a merciless killer. The hugely acclaimed latest novel in Mark Billingham's bestselling series, Love Like Blood, is out now.

In The Dark TV Tie In

In The Dark TV Tie In

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.