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Death Message by Mark Billingham
  

Death Message

Part of the Tom Thorne Novels Series
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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.

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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. Sleepyhead
2. Scaredy Cat
3. Lazybones
4. The Burning Girl
5. Lifeless
6. Buried

7. Death Message

If you like Mark Billingham you might also like to read books by Michael Marshall, Stuart MacBride and Chris Simms.

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Synopsis

Death Message by Mark Billingham

The first message sent to Tom Thorne's mobile phone was just a picture - the blurred image of a man's face, but Thorne had seen enough dead bodies in his time to know that the man was no longer alive. But who was he? Who sent the photograph? And why? While the technical experts attempt to trace the sender, Thorne searches the daily police bulletins for a reported death that matches the photograph. Then another picture arrives. Another dead man … It is the identities of the murdered men which give Thorne his first clue, a link to a dangerous killer he'd put away years before and who is still in prison. With a chilling talent for manipulation, this man has led another inmate to plot revenge on everyone he blames for his current incarceration, and for the murder of his family while he was inside. Newly released, this convict has no fear of the police, no feelings for those he is compelled to murder. Now Tom Thorne must face one of the toughest challenges of his career, knowing that there is no killer more dangerous than one who has nothing left to lose.

Reviews

'As pacy as ever, this confirms Billingham's status as the only crime writer capable of snapping at Rankin's heels' Elle

'Thorne is unquestionably a challenger for the crown currently held by Rankin's Rebus, and before that by Dexter's Morse' Sunday Express

'This is the seventh book in the series, and it is good to find that it lives up to the promise of its predecessors... Well-plotted, high quality stuff' Guardian

'Gripping... Taut, tense and disturbing' The Times

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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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

1st March 2012

Author

Mark Billingham

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
All Shortlists and Winners
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780751548617

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