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Good As Dead

Mark Billingham



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Little Brown
01 May 2012
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery
The Hostage. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman.

The Demand. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody. By holding a police officer at gunpoint, he will force the one man who knows more about the case than any other to re-investigate his son's death. That man is DI Tom Thorne.

The Twist. While Helen fights to stay alive and the body-count rises, Thorne must race against time if he is to bring a killer to justice and save a young mother's life.
By:   Mark Billingham
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9780751544978
ISBN 10:   0751544973
Series:   Tom Thorne Novels
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   01 May 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:   www.markbillingham.com

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.

Reviews for Good As Dead

A rollercoaster of a read...confirms Billingham's status as one of the finest crime writers around. - Daily Express Taut and tense, with an unusually sympathetic hostage-taker. - The Times The best thrillers make you see familiar territory in a new light. Mark Billingham has always done that. - Sunday Telegraph With DI Tom Thorne's 10th outing, Mark Billingham proves he's a real contender for the title of the nation's top crime writer. - Daily Mirror Just 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 thriller. - Time Out Utterly engaging... The series' page-turning credentials remain more than intact. - Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

  • Long-listed for International Thriller Writers Award - Best Hardcover Novel 2012.
  • Long-listed for International Thriller Writers Award 2012 (UK)

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