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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Billingham is a master of pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat in many of this thrillers. While this book, his latest, is something of a departure for Billingham – it’s not part of a series and the entire novel takes place within a psychiatric facility, a kind of Jane Tennison meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – it still has an ending that will leave you reeling. You know how the first time you saw The Sixth Sense, you wanted to watch it again almost immediately to see how it could have all been there in front of you, but you missed it? It’s that kind of book. Selected by Linwood Barclay, Our Autumn 2021 Guest Editor. Click here to read the full Guest Editor Piece.
'One of the great series of British crime fiction' --- THE TIMES 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.
With a fascinating premise this tight, gripping crime novel is a seriously worthwhile read. Continuing the Tom Thorne series (now 16 books in), I would suggest if you haven’t yet joined you could step straight into this, but I think it’s best to start at the beginning. Always great to find a fabulous series isn’t it! Sarah wants more than normality, she wants thrills, meanwhile DI Tom Thorne has a niggle of doubt over a woman’s apparent suicide and starts to investigate the reasons behind it. My attention was snared from the get-go. The policing side feels authentic, I didn’t hesitate, didn’t doubt, just read and completely trusted the storyline. Mark Billingham allows us access to the opposite side of the policing tale, to thoughts and feelings that sent conflicting thoughts scudding through me. Compassion warred with flinching, biting emotions as the truth started to reveal itself. I savoured the feeling of being slightly ahead of the game, of having access to more information as I watched Tom and Nicola struggling to stitch everything together. Their Little Secret is a captivating and compelling read, prepare yourself for some eye-popping moments!
The fifteenth book featuring the irascible Thorne and Billingham continues to show he's one of the greats in British crime fiction. So well researched, each book in the series is always so incredibly real as you follow Thorne and his colleagues on their investigative journey. DI Nicola Tanner is back again in The Killing Habit when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets, Thorne recognises the traits of a psychopath and sees a chance to stop a future murderer. A book you want to savour as you don't want it to end, but you can't help but fly through. When is number sixteen out please?
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.
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?
Now a major BBC TV drama, In the Dark is uniquely disturbing thriller from the number one bestselling creator of the Tom Thorne novels. Billingham moves away from the DI Thorne series for this story set in the criminal underworld of London. He brings a whole host of characters together and shows the impact of the increasing crime and violence on the streets, not only on innocent victims but the gangs themselves and the police who have to deal with it. Gripping, intense stuff from this excellent writer. Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: ‘A cutting, topical take on drug crime in contemporary London, with a brilliantly engineered twist.’
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.
Billingham's brooding London cop Tom Thorne makes a welcome return in the twelfth in the series. A terrible psychopath whose path he had once crossed to his peril and narrowly managed to incarcerate is promising to reveal the location of a body buried a quarter of a century ago. However, this involves the two of them travelling to a remote Welsh island and Thorne knows all too well that he will have to face bad weather and the criminal's machinations and the job will prove anything but easy. New bodies are soon littering the landscape and Thorne's task grows ever more perilous and he is confronted by a terrible decision to take. A fascinating, troubled character (once played on TV by David Morrissey). Thorne is both familiar and unpredictable and this latest case is unlike any of his previous capital-based dark adventures. Unmissable.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Tom Thorne is one of the most enjoyable detectives to read: a troubled and troubling man, obsessed with finding the truth at any cost whether to his relationships, his career or that of his friends. Recently demoted after a bungled hostage situation, he is now back in uniform, powerless to stop a serial killer who’s disguising his work as elderly suicides. This is as thrilling and fascinating as any of Billingham’s books with the added bonus of building to a cliff hanger of an ending which leaves us all guessing at what’s going to happen next for Thorne.
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?
DI Thorne is back, and bigger than ever. As the body count rises, he must race against time to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life. 11th in this gritty, engrossing series.
One of our fastest rising stars, a stand-up comedian before he turned author, with his fourth novel but there are no jokes here. He has a series character, Tom Thorne, and all four are highly recommended. This is London gangland rivalry stuff. Hard hitting, scary, ruthless and unput-downable. I rate him very highly indeed. Comparison: Michael Connelly, Stephen Leather, Michael Marshall. Maxim Jakubowski, a Lovereading expert voice says: 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 next in August. D I Thorne series:1. Sleepyhead2. Scaredy Cat 3. Lazybones 4. The Burning Girl5. Lifeless6. Buried 7. Death Message
With this the sixth in the DI Thorne series, Billingham continues to do for London what Rankin does for Edinburgh. When a sixteen-year-old son of a former high-ranking police officer, disappears, the currently sidelined and digruntled Thorne is brought in to help locate the missing boy. As the child's life hangs in the balance it's a race against time for Thorne - navigating family intrigue and undercovering secrets well buried. As in all of Billingham's books, Buried is comprehensively plotted and truly realistic. This has twists and turns galore and as always doesn't disappoint.
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2009. 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 next in August. Lovereading view... Billingham hits a winning formula again. The seventh in the Tom Thorne series keeps the body count high as a killer seeks revenge on those who killed his family while he was in prison and those who put him inside unable to protect his loved ones. He has nothing left to lose and only a burning desire to avenge his wife and son’s death. Gripping and compelling, Billingham is a great crime writer. D I Thorne series:1. Sleepyhead2. Scaredy Cat 3. Lazybones 4. The Burning Girl5. Lifeless6. Buried 7. Death Message
The fifth book featuring Thorne; you know you're loving a series when you can't wait 'til the paperback launch. Tom's on gardening leave and experiencing a bit of a car crash, thoroughly depressed after the recent loss of his father and after a severe knuckle-rapping on his last case. Homeless men are being murdered on the streets of London and Thorne is parachuted in to go undercover, already looking and acting the part. A cracking read, you won't be able to put down, this firmly cements Billingham as a thrilling crime writer.
The third in the DI Tom Thorne series, this is the one where I fell for Thorne hook, line and sinker. And when I mean fall, I mean you can't help but smile at his grumpy, maverick ways and blatant disrespect for authority. Someone is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. Can Thorne catch the killer, when he doesn't really care about the victims? A gripping story that I powered through and well and truly cemented Billingham as one of my fave crime writers, and Thorne as a great hero.
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.
The second book in the DI Tom Thorne series, Scaredy Cat is the one that got me hooked. The irascible Thorne is compelling to "watch" as he leads his team to try and solve a grisly set of murders, whatever it takes. A young mother is murdered in front of her son and another young woman follows soon after. We start to see the bond between Thorne and his colleagues - Sergeant Dave Holland and his long time friend pathologist Dave Hendricks - and you can't help but want for more. He's a good cop in his reckless way, and Billingham plays it well in terms of presenting the good, the bag and the ugly of Thorne. A master of suspense, Billingham has my attention and I'm dying to read more.
This is an unabridged audiobook title. The 8th in this excellent London based crime series and its comes out just as books get the TV treatment in ‘D I Thorne’ staring David Morrissey. In From the Dead a woman, jailed for 10 years for the murder of her husband, gets sent a photo that clearly shows he didn’t perish in a flaming car wreck. And he is deadly determined to stop anyone discovering the truth.
The eighth book in the Tom Thorne series, this is a heart-racing, gripping read from beginning to end. When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist. When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together. With personal problems to deal with too you root for Thorne every step of the way and you can't help but admire his unconventional approach and shout for him in spite of his flaws. Another pumping page-turner from Billingham.
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
'Fast-paced and twisting' PAULA HAWKINS, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN 'At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize' THE TIMES ________________________ My name is Alice. I'm a police officer. I'm trying to solve a murder on a psychiatric ward. But I'm also a patient... They were meant to be safe on Fleet Ward: psychiatric patients monitored, treated, cared for. But now one of their number is found murdered, and the accusations begin to fly. Was it one of his fellow patients? A member of staff? Or did someone come in from the outside? DC Alice Armitage is methodical, tireless, and she's quickly on the trail of the killer. The only problem is, Alice is a patient too. ________________________ 'A deeply compelling read' Harriet Tyce 'The most cunning, complex, claustrophobic mystery' Louise Candlish 'Immense skill and heart' Eve Chase 'Brilliant, suspenseful, poignant, heartbreaking, surprisingly funny' Linwood Barclay 'One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today' Gillian Flynn 'A world-class crime writer' Karin Slaughter 'Mark Billingham is a master of psychology' Ian Rankin 'Billingham is always a must read' Harlan Coben
'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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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. Books in The DI Thorne Series: 1. Sleepyhead 2. Scaredy Cat 3. Lazybones 4. The Burning Girl 5. Lifeless 6. Buried 7. Death Message 8. Bloodline 9. From The Dead 10. Good as Dead 11. Dying Hours 12. The Bones Beneath 13. Time of Death 14. Love Like Blood 15. The Killing Habit 16 Their Little Secret Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.
It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home and strangled her. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at King's Cross station. It is a coincidence that eerily echoes the murder of two other women, stabbed to death on the same day months earlier...Could DI Tom Thorne be up against two serial killers working together? This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.
When Donna Langford receives a very recent photo of her ex-husband in the post, she gets the shock of her life. Because she's just spent ten years in prison for organising his murder. When her daughter goes missing, Donna believes there can only be one man responsible and hires Anna Carpenter, a determined young private investigator, to find him. DI Tom Thorne worked on the Alan Langford case, so when Carpenter brings the photo to him, he refuses to believe that the man whose body was found in a burned-out car ten years before can still be alive. But when a prison inmate that he and Anna interview is viciously murdered, Thorne starts to understand that Langford is not only alive, but ready to get rid of anyone who could threaten his comfortable new life in Spain...
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: ‘A cutting, topical take on drug crime in contemporary London, with a brilliantly engineered twist.’ Billingham moves away from the DI Thorne series for this story set in the criminal underworld of London. He brings a whole host of characters together and shows the impact of the increasing crime and violence on the streets, not only on innocent victims but the gangs themselves and the police who have to deal with it. Gripping, intense stuff from this excellent writer.