By Mark Billingham
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780061432774, 464pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Winner of the UK's 2009 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award
It's carried by police officers to your doorthe last words anyone ever wants to hear: The Death Message.
Detective Investigator Tom Thorne is receiving messages of his own: photographs of murder victims sent to his cell phone. Thorne doesn't know who's sending the grisly pictures, who the victims are, or why he has been chosenbut he knows a dead man when he sees one. Ensnared in an investigation that threatens to confound his judgment and destroy his career, he must track down a fiendishly elusive killer before time runs out. Because the slayings are somehow connected to the most terrifying psychopath he has ever encounteredand the blood trail is about to cross into Thorne's personal life.
Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buriedall Times (London) bestsellersas well as the stand-alone thriller In the Dark. For the creation of the Tom Thorne character, Billingham received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer, and he has twice won the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He has previously worked as an actor and stand-up comedian on British television and still writes regularly for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and two children.