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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751577303

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 19th January 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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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.


‘Mark Billingham is a master of psychology’
Ian Rankin

‘Fast-paced and twisting’
Paula Hawkins

At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year’s Booker prize’
The Times


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
Mark Billingham is one the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents
Peter James
This is Billingham at his most enjoyably melodramatic and you'll be knocked sideways by the barrage of twists
Daily Mail
At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize
The Times (on Rabbit Hole)
It's Billingham at his most dramatic
A gripping, grisly read . . . Mark Billingham is a terrific crime writer
Anthony Horowitz
You'll be knocked sideways by the twists
Daily Express
A notable rival for the title of Britain's leading male crime novelist
Financial Times
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
Another tense, taut and meticulously planned story, shimmering with edgy originality and depth. Crime fans know Billingham is a formidable talent
Adele Parks