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The Wrong Hands

#2 Declan Miller

Mark Billingham

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Sphere
25 June 2024
Series: Declan Miller

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Declan Miller, the dancing detective, is back! I really enjoyed the first book (Last Dance) and so it was a pleasure to read this new one.

Declan is still not very happy about: a) the speed of the detectives covering the murder of his wife Alex; b) Wayne Cutler or Ralph Massey, rival crime lords of Blackpool, one of whom who he thinks had a hand in (a); or c) the foxtrot.

When a couple of likely lads target the wrong men in a snatch-and-grab and end up with a briefcase containing two hands, they really make enemies... Declan and his colleague, Detective Xiu (a somewhat sense-of-humour-challenged and death metal loving biker), with input from Declan's dance club buddies and Alex's ghostly conversations, have to solve the murders ensuing.

A rattling good read, very satisfying – and hopefully Declan will return! Lindy

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'Had me laughing out loud one minute and emotional the next. I'm excited to have found a new favourite detective' --- CLAIRE DOUGLAS

This is one case Miller won't want to open . . .

Unconventional Detective Declan Miller has a problem. Still desperate to solve the murder of his wife, a young man has just appeared on his doorstep with a briefcase . . . containing a pair of severed hands.

Miller knows this case is proof of a contract killing commissioned by local ne'er do well Wayne Cutler - a man he suspects might also be responsible for his wife's death. Now Miller has leverage, but unfortunately he also has something that both Cutler and a villainous fast-food kingpin are desperate to get hold of.

Chuck in a Midsomer Murders-obsessed hitman, a psychotic welder and a woman driven over the edge by a wayward Creme Egg, and Miller is in a mess that even he might not be able to dance his way out of.
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Imprint:   Sphere
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9781408726365
ISBN 10:   140872636X
Series:   Declan Miller
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 Wrong Hands (#2 Declan Miller)

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Declan Miller, the dancing detective, is back! I really enjoyed the first book (Last Dance) and so it was a pleasure to read this new one.

Declan is still not very happy about: a) the speed of the detectives covering the murder of his wife Alex; b) Wayne Cutler or Ralph Massey, rival crime lords of Blackpool, one of whom who he thinks had a hand in (a); or c) the foxtrot.

When a couple of likely lads target the wrong men in a snatch-and-grab and end up with a briefcase containing two hands, they really make enemies... Declan and his colleague, Detective Xiu (a somewhat sense-of-humour-challenged and death metal loving biker), with input from Declan's dance club buddies and Alex's ghostly conversations, have to solve the murders ensuing.

A rattling good read, very satisfying – and hopefully Declan will return! Lindy





Mark Billingham does edge-of-your-seat tension, wit and heart like no one else. The Wrong Hands has all that and more - it's simply fantastic * Lisa Jewell * I adored everything about The Wrong Hands! Darkly funny with colourful characters and a clever, twisty plot that had me laughing out loud one minute and emotional the next. I love Mark Billingham's writing and I'm excited to have found a new favourite detective in the ballroom dancing, rat-loving DS Miller * Claire Douglas * Electrifying . . . Throw in a delightfully madcap plot and breakneck pacing, and readers are left with a caper they won't soon forget * Publishers Weekly *


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