By Mark Billingham
HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780061432774, 458pp.
Publication Date: September 2010
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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.