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 all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start.
DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen.
Others are less convinced, so once more, Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. It's a journey that 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.
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
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
An unconventional literary superstar — Mail on Sunday
Brilliant and unbearable — Independent
As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter — Financial Times
Entertaining, thought provoking and current — West Australian
Thorne is a terrific invention — Irish Independent
The author's rage, combined with his skill as a crime writer, makes this a gripping and genuinely tragic story — Literary Review
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
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
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