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Shortlisted for the Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2016.

The new gripping, brilliantly plotted Tom Thorne thriller from No.1 bestselling author Mark Billingham

If you like Mark Billingham you might also like to read books by Graham Hurley, Stephen Leather and Stuart MacBride.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Mark Billingham knows full well that crime fiction aficionados read too many rather similar police procedural scenarios, and makes sure that he rings clever and inventive changes on the familiar formulae. With Time of Death, Billingham’s dedicated copper Tom Thorne – along with his partner Helen – becomes personally involved when two schoolgirls are abducted in a Warwickshire town, with the local community all too ready to rush to judgement. It’s up to Thorne – as so often in the past – to ferret out the truth. Of all the up-against-it coppers in the current field, Tom Thorne remains one of the most sympathetic and distinctive, principally because Billingham takes the trouble to involve us in each successive outing for his protagonist.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Time of Death by Mark Billingham

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.

Reviews

Ingenious ... what is most impressive about this novel, however, is the astute observation -- Laura Wilson The Guardian The writing displays the virtues that have made Mark Billingham a bestseller: wit, careful plotting, attention to detail and great characterisation... won't disappoint Billingham's legions of fans The Telegraph The plot element on which this gruesome mystery turns is certainly one of the cleverest and most satisfying that I've read for ages. Morning Star What lingers in the memory is the group portrait of the Polesford locals brutally closing ranks against a man they're certain deserves to die. Kirkus


About the Author

Mark Billingham

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.

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Publication date

10th March 2016

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Mark Billingham

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780751552218

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