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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.

Photograph © Charlie Hopkinson

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

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.

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?

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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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 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.

Die Lugen der Anderen

Die Lugen der Anderen

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2014

In einem Hotel in Florida treffen zufallig drei Parchen aus England aufeinander. Sie freunden sich an und verbringen die Tage gemeinsam unter der gluhenden Sonne mit Drinks am Pool. Es scheint der perfekte Urlaub zu sein. Doch in der letzten Nacht vor der gemeinsamen Abreise verschwindet ein Madchen aus dem Hotel, das spater tot in den Sumpfen gefunden wird. Zuruck in England bleiben die drei Paare in Kontakt. Um ihre frisch geknupfte Freundschaft zu vertiefen und das Erlebte zu verarbeiten, laden sie sich reihum nach Hause zum Abendessen ein. So kommt es zu drei Begegnungen, bei denen die Paare am Esstisch uber ihr Leben sprechen. Je mehr sie dabei voneinander erfahren, desto fremder und unheimlicher werden sie sich. Die abendlichen Treffen sind zunehmend gepragt von Merkwurdigkeiten, Misstrauen und dem beklemmenden Verdacht, dass hinter der Fassade des jeweils anderen nichts ist, wie es scheint; ein Verdacht, der sich schlielich auf schreckliche Weise bestatigt.

Thorne at Christmas

Thorne at Christmas

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2013

Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this duo of brilliant short stories featuring a guest appearance by DI Tom Thorne showcases the crime writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham.Underneath the Mistletoe Last NightWhen young Jack finds 'Father Christmas' dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Christmas Day, must get to the truth with the help of his reliable team and some incriminating evidence.Stepping UpWhen a retired boxer is persuaded to join an exercise class by his daughter, he sees a woman whose face has haunted him for forty years. He used to be a minder for underworld criminals and Zoe was always in their circle. So when she gets in trouble with another class member, he's there to protect her, as he used to - whatever it takes.

Crime Writers

Crime Writers

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2013

Six of the world's most famous crime writers contribute brilliant stories to this collection to tie in with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. Introduction by Jenni Murray.

Dancing Towards the Blade and Other Stories

Dancing Towards the Blade and Other Stories

Author: Mark Billingham Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2013

Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this trio of brilliant short stories showcases the writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham.Dancing Towards the Blade:They are waiting for the boy on his way home, the racist thugs. For Vincent, it is the latest in a string of violent events his family has faced since moving to England. But Vincent knows something that the thugs don't: he has in him the spirit of his father who, once upon a time in a far off country, also faced down fear to prove he was Grade A.Stroke of Luck:During a summer cricket match, Alan meets Rachel, and they start a relationship - but soon Alan discovers he is having an affair with a married woman. Though not a happily married one. Rachel's husband abuses her physically and psychologically and Rachel is at her wits' end. Alan vows to protect her - but her husband is not the only one who is a threat. Rachel is being secretly watched... The Walls: When Chris spots a beautiful woman across a crowded restaurant on his business trip to Texas, he never imagines that she would be interested in him, let alone be waiting for him when he returns to his hotel later that evening.As the two strangers talk, the true and haunting reason for their visits comes to light...

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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