Mark Billingham, Featured Author, Little, Brown Book Group

author of the Tom Thorne series.

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He 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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Good As Dead

By Mark Billingham

Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but she is about to come face to face with a gunman.

The hostage-taker is desperate to know what happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding Helen at gunpoint, he will force a re-investigation into his son's death. And one man knows the case better than any other - DI Tom Thorne.

As the body count rises,Thorne must race against time to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.

A rollercoaster of a read... confirms Billingham's status as one of the finest crime writers aroundTaut and tense, with an unusually sympathetic hostage-takerThe best thrillers make you see familiar territory in a new light. Mark Billingham has always done thatWith DI Tom Thorne's 10th outing, Mark Billingham proves he's a real contender for the title of the nation's top crime writerJust as we become used to (and are perhaps wearying of) the influx of foreign crime novels, here comes Mark Billingham with a thoroughly British police thrillerUtterly engaging... The series' page-turning credentials remain more than intactTaking place over three action-packed days, this is Mark Billingham's fastest and most surprising Thorne thriller yet, and his first since the Sky1 seriesMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

The Hostage

Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but she is about to come face to face with a gunman.

The Demand

The hostage-taker is desperate to know what happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding Helen at gunpoint, he will force a re-investigation into his son's death. And one man knows the case better than any other - DI Tom Thorne.

The Twist

As the body count rises,Thorne must race against time to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.

Taking place over three action-packed days, this is Mark Billingham's fastest and most surprising Thorne thriller yet; a rollercoaster read in which every second counts...

Billiingham's first new novel since the hit drama Thorne on Sky 1 HD in paperbackSales up 20% for From the Dead HB - each book keeps outselling the lastFeatures both Tom Thorne and Helen Weeks from In the Darkwww.markbillingham.com
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From The Dead

By Mark Billingham

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.

'While Billingham has well and truly mastered the modern police procedural, the thing that sets him apart from the crowd is not just his emotional insight, but the way he invariably packs such a heart-wrenching punch... Billingham's most desperately gripping read yetAs fictional detectives go, Thorne is one of the most believable and Billingham's deserved status as a world-class crime fiction writer will surely be confirmed when a new television series based on some of his novels is aired this autumnBillingham is well aware that we're au fait with most police procedural scenarios and is always working to ring clever and inventive changes on the formula...the tension is fine-tuned with all the usual skillMost fictional sleuths are flawed but invariably triumphant; Billingham is unusually willing to show his series hero making blunder after blunderA gripping, relentlessly paced crime masterpiece, From the Dead goes deep into a seemingly unsolvable mystery, and provides the most shocking case yet in the dark, dangerous career of Tom ThorneMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.Biggest hardback sales to date: nearly 20,000 copies sold (Bookscan) and on track to become the biggest PB as wellIn the Dark paperback sold nearly 168,000 copieswww.tomthorne.com
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Bloodline

By Mark Billingham

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 - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead.

When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges. A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey's victims. Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer's list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted...

An efficient and fast-paced police procedural, technically superb from its gripping opening to its climax. Billingham, who knows exactly what he's doing with his material, has the recipe just rightAnother fine addition to Billingham's formidably assured body of workThe revelations about the killer are totally unexpected - and proof that Mark Billingham is still top of the treeI found my heart racing as I read the last few chapters. I cannot remember the last time that happened to me while reading crime fiction...Tom Thorne is now definitely one of my favourite modern fictional detectivesDI Tom Thorne is back...Mark Billingham is a stand-up comedian, appearing regularly at the Comedy Store. He has been awarded the 2003 Sherlock Award as the creator of the Best Detective created by a British writer and LAZYBONES won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for best crime novel of the year. He has also been an award-winning children's writer.All of Mark Billingham novels have been Top Ten bestsellersBloodline HB in the Top Ten for four weeksAlso available as an audiobookVisit the author's website: www.tomthorne.com
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In The Dark

By Mark Billingham

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.

A stunning novel ... the final twist is brilliantly clever and shockingBillingham produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished bookChilling...A story with a twist that I guarantee even veteran crime fiction aficionados won't see comingA virtuoso performance by BillinghamA uniquely disturbing thriller from the bestselling creator of the Inspector Thorne novelsMark Billingham is a stand-up comedian. He received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer and won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for best crime novel of the year. He has also been an award-winning children's writer.All of Mark Billingham novels have been Top Ten bestsellersAlso available as an audiobookVisit the author's website: www.markbillingham.comMark Billingham's first standalone thriller is his most powerful novel yet. Gritty, fierce and moving, it is a must-read for anyone who likes their crime fiction unflinching...and unforgettable.
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Death Message

By Mark Billingham

THE MESSAGE

DI Tom Thorne has seen plenty of dead bodies in his time. But when he starts receiving sick photos of murder victims on his mobile phone, he soon realises that the next body could be his.

THE KILLER

And even when the man who has been sending the photos is tracked down, the deadly threat remains, For some, the case is all but closed, but Thorne's nightmare is just beginning.

THE TWIST

Because someone else is masterminding the death messages. The most vicious psychopath Thiorne has ever faced is able to manipulate others even behind bars, and time has only deepened the deadly grudge he has against the policeman who put him away...

The seventh Tom Thorne novel from Britain's fastest selling crime writerMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

THE MESSAGE

DI Tom Thorne has seen plenty of dead bodies in his time. But when he starts receiving sick photos of murder victims on his mobile phone, he soon realises that the next body could be his.

THE KILLER

And even when the man who has been sending the photos is tracked down, the deadly threat remains, For some, the case is all but closed, but Thorne's nightmare is just beginning.

THE TWIST

Because someone else is masterminding the death messages. The most vicious psychopath Thiorne has ever faced is able to manipulate others even behind bars, and time has only deepened the deadly grudge he has against the policeman who put him away...

Reissue into B format with new cover brandingSuccessful TV series on Sky1 - more episodes to comeAll Billingham titles have been Top Ten bestsellers and sales grow with every bookwww.markbillingham.com
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Buried

By Mark Billingham

A MISSING BOY

Teenager Luke Mullen was last seen getting into a car with an older woman. No one can understand why he has disappeared. His father - a former police officer - knows all too well that the longer he is missing, the more likely he is to turn up dead.

A TERRIFYING VIDEO

Then Luke's parents receive an anonymous video. It shows their son, eyes wide with terror, as a man advances towards him holding a syringe.

A RACE AGAINST TIME

DI Tom Thorne recognises a psychopath when he sees one. And the scene on the tape chills him to the bone - he knows that a child's life hangs in the balance, and that every minute counts...

The sixth hard-hitting Thorne thrillerMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

A MISSING BOY

Teenager Luke Mullen was last seen getting into a car with an older woman. No one can understand why he has disappeared. His father - a former police officer - knows all too well that the longer he is missing, the more likely he is to turn up dead.

A TERRIFYING VIDEO

Then Luke's parents receive an anonymous video. It shows their son, eyes wide with terror, as a man advances towards him holding a syringe.

A RACE AGAINST TIME

DI Tom Thorne recognises a psychopath when he sees one. And the scene on the tape chills him to the bone - he knows that a child's life hangs in the balance, and that every minute counts...

'A masterpiece of plotting and criminal insight' Daily Mirror

Reissue into B format with new cover brandingSuccessful TV series on Sky1 - more episodes to comeAll Billingham titles have been Top Ten bestsellers and sales grow with every bookwww.markbillingham.com
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Lifeless

By Mark Billingham

A SERIES OF KILLINGS

Three men, sleeping rough on London's mean streets, have been found brutally murdered - each victim kicked to death and found with a £20 note pinned to his chest. But were they killed at random, or were they targeted for a reason?

A DEADLY MISSION

Tom Thorne is posted to the same streets - working undercover, disguised as a homeless man. In a harsh and harrowing underworld, Thorne discovers the horrifying link between the homeless victims and the perpetrators of a fifteen-year-old atrocity.

A RUTHLESS ENEMY

Those who know are keeping quiet. But the word on these streets is that the killer is a cop...

A relentless and utterly compelling Tom Thorne thrillerMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

A SERIES OF KILLINGS

Three men, sleeping rough on London's mean streets, have been found brutally murdered - each victim kicked to death and found with a £20 note pinned to his chest. But were they killed at random, or were they targeted for a reason?

A DEADLY MISSION

Tom Thorne is posted to the same streets - working undercover, disguised as a homeless man. In a harsh and harrowing underworld, Thorne discovers the horrifying link between the homeless victims and the perpetrators of a fifteen-year-old atrocity.

A RUTHLESS ENEMY

Those who know are keeping quiet. But the word on these streets is that the killer is a cop...

'Lifeless is his best novel yet. A tour de force' Observer

Reissue into B format with new cover brandingSuccessful TV series on Sky1 - more episodes to comeAll Billingham titles have been Top Ten bestsellers and sales grow with every bookwww.markbillingham.com
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The Burning Girl

By Mark Billingham, Roger Lloyd Pack

A MAN WHO KILLS FOR MONEY

X marks the spot - and when that spot is a corpse's naked back and the X is carved in blood, DI Tom Thorne is in no doubt that the dead man is the latest victim of a particularly vicious killer.

A BRUTAL VENDETTA

This is brutal turf warfare between north London gangs. Organised crime boss Billy Ryan is moving into someone else's patch, and that someone is not best pleased.

A COP WHO IS PLAYING WITH FIRE

And when an X is carved on DI Tom Thorne's front door, he knows the smouldering embers of this case are about to erupt into flames...

The fourth DI Thorne novel from the bestselling author of Sleepyhead and Scaredy CatMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

A MAN WHO KILLS FOR MONEY

X marks the spot - and when that spot is a corpse's naked back and the X is carved in blood, DI Tom Thorne is in no doubt that the dead man is the latest victim of a particularly vicious killer.

A BRUTAL VENDETTA

This is brutal turf warfare between north London gangs. Organised crime boss Billy Ryan is moving into someone else's patch, and that someone is not best pleased.

A COP WHO IS PLAYING WITH FIRE

And when an X is carved on DI Tom Thorne's front door, he knows the smouldering embers of this case are about to erupt into flames...

'DI Thorne is a wonderful creation'

Karin Slaughter

Reissue into B format with new cover brandingSuccessful TV series on Sky1 - more episodes to comeAll Billingham titles have been Top Ten bestsellers and sales grow with every bookwww.markbillingham.com
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Lazybones

By Mark Billingham

A MONSTER MURDERED

It's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison, having served seven years for rape, and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London hotel room, his head hooded and his hands tied with a brown leather belt.

A DEADLY JUSTICE

Someone knew he was coming out. Someone wanted to mete out some punishment of his own.

A CASE NO ONE WANTS SOLVED

And when a second sex offender is found dead, DI Tom Thorne knows he has a vicious, calculating viliglante on his hands...

Winner of the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the YearMark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

A MONSTER MURDERED

It's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison, having served seven years for rape, and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London hotel room, his head hooded and his hands tied with a brown leather belt.

A DEADLY JUSTICE

Someone knew he was coming out. Someone wanted to mete out some punishment of his own.

A CASE NO ONE WANTS SOLVED

And when a second sex offender is found dead, DI Tom Thorne knows he has a vicious, calculating viliglante on his hands...

'I defy any reader not to be hooked' Daily Mirror

Reissue into B format with new cover brandingSuccessful TV series on Sky1 - more episodes to comeAll Billingham titles have been Top Ten bestsellers and sales grow with every bookwww.markbillingham.com
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Sleepyhead

By Mark Billingham

A WOMAN UNLUCKY TO BE ALIVE

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.

A KILLER UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead.

A COP'S WORST NIGHTMARE

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 . . .

Sleepyhead introduces 'the next superstar detective', Tom Thorne, and is a disturbing and unforgettable classic.Mark Billingham is the author of eleven bestselling novels and the creator of the Thorne series. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for best novel of the year. He lives in North London with his family.

A WOMAN UNLUCKY TO BE ALIVE

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.

A KILLER UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead.

A COP'S WORST NIGHTMARE

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 . . .

'If you haven't yet come across DI Thorne, treat yourself. You won't be disappointed'

Sunday Express

First of the Billingham reissues with new cover brandingSuccessful TV series on Sky1 - more episodes to comeSleepyhead was a Top Ten Sunday Times bestseller and the Number One hardback debut fiction title of the summerwww.markbillingham.com
All writers I know are readers first and foremost... that's why you become a writer. Reading is something I am passionate about, but it's about finding the time, which leads me to two problems...

Mark Billingham

Interviewed in The WSJ

Mark Billingham

No.1 bestseller Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.

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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Death Message

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 too many dead bodies in his time to know that this 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 would match 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's been 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.

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Great Lost Albums

Mark Billingham, David Quantick, Martyn Waites, Stav Sherez
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The Dying Hours

Mark Billingham
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Scaredy Cat

Mark Billingham
Hachette Audio

Lazybones

Mark Billingham
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Thorne at Christmas

Mark Billingham
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Dancing Towards the Blade and Other Stories

Mark Billingham
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Bloodline

Mark Billingham

It seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead. When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges. A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey's victims. Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer's list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted...

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Rush of Blood

Mark Billingham
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In The Dark

Mark Billingham

A rainy night in south London. A gun is fired into a car which swerves on to the pavement, killing the person standing at 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. Mark Billingham's first standalone thriller is his most powerful novel yet. Gritty, fierce and moving, it is a must-read for anyone who likes their crime fiction unflinching...and unforgettable.

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The Burning Girl

Mark Billingham
Hachette Audio

Sleepyhead

Mark Billingham
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Lifeless

Mark Billingham

To his friends, his foes and even to himself it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. On his last case he had seriously over-stepped the mark, and now gardening leave has been suggested and all he has to tend is a window box. So when it appears someone is targeting London's homeless community it seems perfectly natural for Thorne to take a step nearer to the gutter and go undercover amongst them. He blends into the sometimes invisible community easily - too easily perhaps - but the information he gleans quickly proves that this is no random killer, it is someone with a very distinct purpose and a very specific list of victims, only the team supporting Thorne from the outside don't have the key to motive or identity. Then somehow the fact that a policeman is working under cover becomes public knowledge ... With acute observation of character and place, combined with his acknowledged mastery of plotting, LIFELESS raises the Thorne series to an even higher level.

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The Bones Beneath

Mark Billingham

The Deal Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried twenty-five years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him. The Danger Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them. The Deaths But Nicklin knows this island well and has had time to plan ahead. Soon, new bodies are added to the old, and Thorne finds himself facing the toughest decision he has ever had to make... Tom Thorne returns in this utterly gripping, brilliantly plotted thriller. The Bones Beneath is Mark Billingham's most ambitious and accomplished work to date.

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Time of Death

Mark Billingham
Hachette Audio

The Other Half

Mark Billingham, My Darling Clementine