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Thorne at Christmas

A Short Story Collection

By Mark Billingham

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

An ebook exclusive from The Crime Vault featuring a duo of short stories by Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham

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 Night

When 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 Up

When 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.

Biographical Notes

Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, 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. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

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  • ISBN: 9780751553420
  • Publication date: 02 Dec 2013
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  • Imprint: Sphere
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Their Little Secret

Mark Billingham
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'Hugely intelligent and authentic' BELINDA BAUER, AUTHOR OF SNAPShe 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 number one, five-million-copy bestseller Mark Billingham comes a breathless new thriller starring Thorne and Tanner that readers will devour.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

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The Killing Habit

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Cut Off

Mark Billingham
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Step into a thrilling Quick Read from number one bestselling crime fiction author Mark Billingham.It's the moment we all fear: losing our phone, leaving us cut off from family and friends. But, for Louise, losing hers in a local café takes her somewhere much darker.After many hours of panic, Louise is relieved when someone gets in touch offering to return the phone. From then on she is impatient to get back to normal life.But when they meet on the beach, Louise realises you should be careful what you wish for...If you enjoyed Cut Off, try Love Like Blood, the latest novel in the series starring Mark Billingham's detective hero, DI Tom Thorne.

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Time of Death

Mark Billingham
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Discover the first of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks.'Clever and inventive'Financial TimesTwo 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. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried.When 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 and convinced of her husband's innocence.As residents and media bay for Bates' blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Helen sets herself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk - and a merciless killer.The hugely acclaimed latest novel in Mark Billingham's bestselling series, Love Like Blood, is out now.

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Love Like Blood

Mark Billingham
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Die of Shame

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Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.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?

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The Other Half

Mark Billingham, My Darling Clementine
Authors:
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The Other Half is a unique collaboration between the leading lights of mystery fiction and country music. An original story by bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham, soundtracked by the powerful and poignant songs of internationally acclaimed Americana duo My Darling Clementine.Pain, loss, violence. The lifeblood of crime fiction, but also the dark seam that runs through the very best country music. With her best years seemingly behind her, a former Las Vegas showgirl works double shifts in a rundown Memphis bar. Alone and estranged from her daughter, Marcia lives life vicariously through her customers and the everyday tragedies of people falling in and out of love. These are moving tales of grief and heartbreak, lust, murder and domestic horror. Serving beer and burgers as these very different stories unfold, Marcia reflects on her single doomed shot at happiness. Then one day, she receives a phone call that changes everything...

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Stroke of Luck

Mark Billingham
Authors:
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So many things that could have been different. An almost infinite number of them: the flight of the ball, the angle of the bat, the movement of his feet as he skipped down the pitch. The weather, the time, the day of the week, the whatever. The smallest variance in any one of these things or in the way that each connected to the other at the crucial moment and nothing would have happened as it did. An inch another way or a second or a step and it would have been a very different story. Of course it's always a different story, but it isn't always a story with bodies.... 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....

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The Bones Beneath

Mark Billingham
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Great Lost Albums

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

Mark Billingham
Authors:
Mark Billingham

A cluster of suicides among the elderly. Such things are not unknown to the police and the deaths are quickly dismissed by the police as routine. Only one man is convinced that something more sinister is taking place.However, no one listens to Tom Thorne anymore. Having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform and he hates it. Patronised and abused by his new colleagues, Thorne's suspicions about the suicides are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.Unable to trust anyone, Thorne must risk losing those closest to him.He must gamble with the lives of those targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before. A man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims. A man with the power to make people take their own lives.Tom Thorne returns in Billingham's most compelling thriller to date. The Dying Hours is a haunting portrait of London's dark heart, and the darker heart of a twisted killer bringing terror to its streets.

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Dancing Towards the Blade and Other Stories

Mark Billingham
Authors:
Mark Billingham

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Rush of Blood

Mark Billingham
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Good As Dead

Mark Billingham
Authors:
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.

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Buried

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A MISSING BOYTeenager 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 VIDEOThen 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 TIMEDI 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...

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Lazybones

Mark Billingham
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Lifeless

Mark Billingham
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Scaredy Cat

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Sleepyhead

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The Burning Girl

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