From number one best seller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real.
A bloody massage
As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful.
A powerful ally
Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts.
A conspiracy of silence
As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.
©2017 Mark Billingham Ltd. (P)2017 Little Brown
About Mark Billingham
Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.
A television series based on the Thorne novels was screened in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne and series based on the standalone thrillers IN THE DARK and RUSH OF BLOOD are currently in development with the BBC.
Honour killings by broker? It's a brave author who would take such a sensitive topic on and turn into to a story. Mark Billingham took it on and nailed it. The performance and narration was excellent by Avita Jay, Sagar Arya and Mark Billingham. I actually meet Mark once a year at a crime writers festival, but I have heard Mark more as the voice of Tom Thorne, so when I meet Mark, to me it's like I'm speaking to Thorne.
I have read and or listened to several from the Tom Thorne series and enjoyed them all and in my opinion this is the best to date.