Mark Billingham - Love Like Blood - Little, Brown Book Group

Love Like Blood

By Mark Billingham

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DI Tom Thorne and DI Nicola Tanner investigate a series of brutal killings in London in the year's most shocking crime novel - and the most daring work yet from number one bestseller Mark Billingham

From number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real.

'Groundbreaking and gripping'
Sunday Times

A BLOODY MESSAGE
As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful.

A POWERFUL ALLY
Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts.

A CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

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: 9780751566925
  • Publication date: 08 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 544
  • Imprint: Sphere
His [Billingham's] storylines of murders that go unseen or unrecognised are chilling and moving, and Tom Thorne is on terrific form — The Times
Groundbreaking ... a gripping, unsensational take on a type of crime that is happening more frequently than many of us realise — Sunday Times
[A] sensitive topic delicately handled, with a perfectly executed and thoroughly unnerving twist at the end — The Guardian
Irascible, irritating and indefatigable...Billingham's passionate depiction of the injustice and brutality that flow from these killings spills from every page, making this one of his most powerful crime novels, written with a fury that does both him and Thorne justice — Daily Mail
Brilliant and unbearable — Independent
Entertaining, thought provoking and current — West Australian
The author's rage, combined with his skill as a crime writer, makes this a gripping and genuinely tragic story — Literary Review
Shocking and topical, the 14th book in the Thorne series is an engaging thriller from one of Britain's best crime writers — Daily Express
Brave, topical, important and as uncomfortable to read as it is impossible not to — Heat
Want something to get the heart racing as you laze by the pool?...A thrilling read not for the faint-hearted — Sun
Mark Billingham has always defied the usual, and his new novel is no exception . . . the plot is red hot — Globe and Mail
A book that will leave you shaking with rage long after the thrill of the chase has faded. — Chris Brookmyre
This is a searing story, excitingly told with several unexpected twists in the tale — Irish Independent
Love Like Blood has a rich seam of biting wit, impeccable plotting and realistic police detail. The result is an intelligent and hugely entertaining thriller that treats its subject with sensitivity. It includes gasp-inducing moments of drama and some ingenious twists — The People
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