The Killing Habit
By Mark Billingham
The latest masterpiece from multi-award-winning number-one bestseller Mark Billingham sees DI Tom Thorne and DI Nicola Tanner hunting a killer who is yet to kill . . .
'One of the great series of British crime fiction' The Times
From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case.
How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill?
We've all heard about the signs: coldness, cruelty, mistreatment of animals. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of a psychopath all too well, so when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets, he sees a chance to stop a future murderer.
Others are less convinced, so Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. The journey brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.
'A new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real' SUSIE STEINER
'Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul' CARA HUNTER
'An unconventional literary superstar' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter' FINANCIAL TIMES
'Thorne is a terrific invention' IRISH INDEPENDENT
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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14 Jun 2018
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His [Billingham's] storylines of murders that go unseen or unrecognised are chilling and moving, and Tom Thorne is on terrific form — The Times
One of the great series of British crime fiction — 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 new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action - the real mystery of the M25 cat killer. If you can judge a man's heart by his treatment of animals, then Tom Thorne has someone very dangerous on his hands. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real. — Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown
[A] sensitive topic delicately handled, with a perfectly executed and thoroughly unnerving twist at the end — The Guardian
Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul. — Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home
An unconventional literary superstar — Mail on Sunday
As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter — Financial Times
Thorne is a terrific invention — Irish Independent
The strength of the DI Thorne novels is in the knowledge that all of this could be real. The closing of the novel will please even the most discerning fan of the police procedural, and leave you yearning for more. — Crime Fiction Lover