The twentieth novel by Sunday Times number one bestseller Mark Billingham is a thrilling treat for fans and new readers alike - a prequel to his landmark, massively influential debut novel, Sleepyhead
'One of the great series of British crime fiction' --- THE TIMES
'CRY BABY is the perfect prequel to send us back to revel in Tom Thorne's twenty years. As if we needed reminding how good Mark Billingham is' --- VAL MCDERMID
It's 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow.
So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot.
The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne's sights.
This case will be the making of him . . . or the breaking.
The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham's acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, CRY BABY is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction's most iconic detectives.
'Tom Thorne is one of the most credible and engaging heroes in contemporary crime fiction. Mark Billingham is a master of psychology, plotting and the contemporary scene - making the Thorne novels the complete package. Twenty years in and better than ever'
'Mark Billingham is one the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents'
'Billingham is always a must read'
One of the great series of British crime fiction - The Times
Mark Billingham is a damn fine storyteller whose thrilling books always satisfy - Karin Slaughter
Mark Billingham is one of the greatest writers in this, or any other genre - Steve Cavanagh
[Thorne is] One of the most compelling figures in contemporary crime fiction - Daily Mail
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.