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The Murder Book Paperback – 19 Jan. 2023
TOM THORNE IS BACK . . . AND SO IS HIS WORST NIGHTMARE
A gripping, grisly read. Mark Billingham is a terrific crime writer' ----- ANTHONY HOROWITZ
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...
He has everything 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.
And he'll do anything to keep it.
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.
PRAISE FOR MARK BILLINGHAM
'Mark Billingham is a master of psychology'
'Fast-paced and twisting'
'At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize'
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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
A notable rival for the title of Britain's leading male crime novelist ― Financial Times
Brilliant ― Daily Express
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
- Publisher : Sphere (19 Jan. 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0751577308
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751577303
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 100,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Admittedly there have been a few I’ve not loved as much as others but none I have loved as much as the Tom Thorne series!
Smashing it again with the tension, twists and turns and that feeling that something bad is going to happen but you’re going to love it.
This book did all of those things and more. The throw back links to earlier drama in the series had me devouring every chapter desperate to know what was going to happen. Hearing Hendricks Manc accent in my head and the relationship between the characters continuing to get deeper and darker. Simply beautiful.
Loved it and am now bereft at my own greediness to inhale the book which has left me with a massive Thorne hangover!
Thank you again Mark for another superb novel. Please keep them coming….we need more Tom in our lives!
Don’t worry if you’ve not read previous books in the series because it stands alone well. If you have read previous novels, the usual support characters are here including Tom’s friend / sidekick Phil Hendricks and Tom’s now ex-partner, Helen Weekes. DI Tanner is also here working alongside Tom.
Also returning is Tom’s nemesis, Stuart Nickin, who has a role to play in the series of murders Tom is investigating.
I’m not going to give too much away about the story, but it’s a solid four stars from me.
If you’ve liked the previous books you’ll love this one. If you’re new to the series you’ll no doubt want to go straight back to the start and read them all.