The shocking, original and completely unpredictable new novel from multi-million selling master Mark Billingham is a standalone thriller to keep readers up at night.
'Fast-paced and twisting' PAULA HAWKINS, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
'A deeply compelling read' HARRIET TYCE, author of BLOOD ORANGE
My name is Alice. I'm a police officer.
I'm trying to solve a murder on a psychiatric ward.
But I'm also a patient...
They were meant to be safe on Fleet Ward: psychiatric patients monitored, treated, cared for. But now one of their number is found murdered, and the accusations begin to fly.
Was it one of his fellow patients? A member of staff? Or did someone come in from the outside?
DC Alice Armitage is methodical, tireless, and she's quickly on the trail of the killer.
The only problem is, Alice is a patient too.
'One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today'
'A world-class crime writer'
'Mark Billingham is a master of psychology, plotting and the contemporary scene'
'Billingham is always a must read'
'One of Britain's best crime writers'
Mark Billingham is a master of psychology, plotting and the contemporary scene - Ian Rankin
One of Britain's best crime writers - The Times
One the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents - Peter James
Billingham is always a must read - Harlan Coben
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.