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The Killing Habit - Mark Billingham

Paperback Published: 12th June 2018
ISBN: 9780751566956
Number Of Pages: 400

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From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case.

How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill?

We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start.

DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen.

Others are less convinced, so once more, Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. It's a journey that brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.

His [Billingham's] storylines of murders that go unseen or unrecognised are chilling and moving, and Tom Thorne is on terrific form * The Times *
One of the great series of British crime fiction * The Times *
Groundbreaking ... a gripping, unsensational take on a type of crime that is happening more frequently than many of us realise * Sunday Times *
A new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real. * Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown *
[A] sensitive topic delicately handled, with a perfectly executed and thoroughly unnerving twist at the end * The Guardian *
Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul. * Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home *
Irascible, irritating and indefatigable...Billingham's passionate depiction of the injustice and brutality that flow from these killings spills from every page, making this one of his most powerful crime novels, written with a fury that does both him and Thorne justice * Daily Mail *
An unconventional literary superstar * Mail on Sunday *
Brilliant and unbearable * Independent *
As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter * Financial Times *
Entertaining, thought provoking and current * West Australian *
Thorne is a terrific invention * Irish Independent *
The author's rage, combined with his skill as a crime writer, makes this a gripping and genuinely tragic story * Literary Review *
The strength of the DI Thorne novels is in the knowledge that all of this could be real. The closing of the novel will please even the most discerning fan of the police procedural, and leave you yearning for more. * Crime Fiction Lover *
Shocking and topical, the 14th book in the Thorne series is an engaging thriller from one of Britain's best crime writers * Daily Express *
Brave, topical, important and as uncomfortable to read as it is impossible not to * Heat *
Want something to get the heart racing as you laze by the pool?...A thrilling read not for the faint-hearted * Sun *
This is a searing story, excitingly told with several unexpected twists in the tale * Irish Independent *
Love Like Blood has a rich seam of biting wit, impeccable plotting and realistic police detail. The result is an intelligent and hugely entertaining thriller that treats its subject with sensitivity. It includes gasp-inducing moments of drama and some ingenious twists * The People *

ISBN: 9780751566956
ISBN-10: 0751566950
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 12th June 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

Mark Billingham


About the Author


Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001.

Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK. It has been sold widely throughout the world and was published in the USA in the summer of 2002.

The series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne continued with Scaredy Cat and was followed by Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, Buried, Death Message and Bloodline. The latest in the series – From The Dead – is published in August 2010. Mark is also the author of the standalone novel In The Dark as well as a series of children’s thrillers –Triskellion – written under the pseudonym Will Peterson.

A television series based on the Tom Thorne novels will be screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010.
Mark is currently writing the next Tom Thorne thriller. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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