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The Murder Book

Mark Billingham



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14 June 2022
Series: Tom Thorne
Tom Thorne has it all.

In Nicola Tanner and Phil Hendricks, Thorne has good friends by his side. He finally has a love life worth a damn and is happy in the job to which he has devoted his life...

Tom Thorne has it all.... to lose.

Hunting the woman responsible for a series of grisly murders, Thorne has no way of knowing that he will be plunged into a nightmare from which he may never wake.

A nightmare that has a name.

Finally, Thorne's past has caught up with him and a ruinous secret is about to be revealed. If he wants to save himself and his friends, he must do the unthinkable.


'Mark Billingham is a master of psychology'

Ian Rankin

'Fast-paced and twisting'

Paula Hawkins

'At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize'

The Times
Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9781408712467
ISBN 10:   1408712466
Series:   Tom Thorne
Pages:   416
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Murder Book

A gripping, grisly read . . . Mark Billingham is a terrific crime writer * Anthony Horowitz * The sense of mounting dread would be unbearable were it not for Billingham's black humour that somehow highlights rather than undermines his sensitive depiction of the consequences of crime. The Murder Book [is] a brilliant thriller by a writer at the top of his game -- Mark Sanderson * The Times * Another tense, taut and meticulously planned story, shimmering with edgy originality and depth. Crime fans know Billingham is a formidable talent * Adele Parks * At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize * The Times (on Rabbit Hole) * Fast-paced and twisting * Paula Hawkins (on Rabbit Hole) * The most cunning, complex, claustrophobic mystery * Louise Candlish (on Rabbit Hole) * Tom Thorne is one of the most credible and engaging heroes in contemporary crime fiction. Mark Billingham is a master * Ian Rankin * Mark Billingham is one the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents * Peter James *

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