A stunning new paperback edition of the classic first Tom Thorne novel by number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham, containing a foreword by Lee Child, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its groundbreaking publication
A stunning 20th anniversary paperback edition of the groundbreaking first Tom Thorne novel, a case that changed crime fiction forever . . . Alison Willetts has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel but she is completely unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake.
Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead.
Thorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to say anything . . .
'One of my favourite authors'
'A terrifically stylish debut novel'
Independent on Sunday
'The next superstar detective'
A terrifically stylish debut novel - Independent on Sunday
Extremely capable and unsettling - Literary Review
A cunning variation on the serial-murder theme - Sunday Telegraph
Mark Billingham is one of my favourite new authors. Highly recommended
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.