Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

books of the month debuts of the month
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham
  

The Burning Girl

Part of the Tom Thorne Novels Series
Crime / Mystery   Books for the Boys   Thriller / Suspense   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

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. 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 Reginald Hill, Stephen Leather and Stuart MacBride.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

Synopsis

The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham

Jessica Clarke had been set alight twenty years ago. Her attacker, quickly tracked down and eager to confess, was still in jail, his career as a hitman for North London gangs now well behind him. So who is harassing Carol Chamberlain, the arresting officer in that case, and claiming that he is the one who burned the girl? Now retired, Carol turns to DI Tom Thorne for help. He's up to his neck in an investigation into a series of killings, which appears to be the result of a turf war between rival gangs, and he's fed up to the gills with reporting to DCI Tughan, so helping Carol out looks like a good deed in a naughty world. Only the world is about to turn much nastier, so nasty in fact that he finds himself longing for a straightforward psycopath to hunt down.

In Mark Billingham's fourth novel, he explores the effects of violence and greed on the lives of those who exploit their fellow beings in a novel of exceptional power.

Reviews

'A disturbing and ruthlessly compelling novel.' Sunday Express

'Murder and mystery do not come better than this.' What's On in London
'Brisk, racy read.' The Times

'Assured and shocking thriller.' The Guardian

'A cunning variation on the serial-murder theme.' Sunday Telegraph

'Scary, pell-mell, cliff-hanging thriller.' Literary Review

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.

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.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2012

Author

Mark Billingham

More books by Mark Billingham
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.markbillingham.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Time Warner Books

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Books for the Boys
Thriller / Suspense
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780751548969

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

My favourite thing about is the 'like for like' page this has really introduced me to some good reads! That and lots of honest reviews.

Sam Lewis

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools