By Mark Billingham
(Mulholland Books, Hardcover, 9780316126632, 416pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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The Crime The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is young mother, Detective Helen Weeks. She is told her life depends on the co-operation of one of her colleagues - detective Tom Thorne.
The Demand Akhtar is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in prison. He is convinced the death was not an accident and forces the one man who knows more about the case than any other, Thorne, to re-investigate.
The Twist What Thorne discovers will upend everything he thought he knew about the fate of those he's put away...but will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of a grieving and potentially violent father?
Mark Billingham worked as an actor, a TV writer and a stand-up comedian before becoming one of the most critically acclaimed crime novelists in the world. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.
"The tenth outing with London detective Tom Thorne starts out as a conventional hostage novel, but then skillfully explores guilt, cultural differences and injustice."—Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2012's Best Crime Fiction
"Ingeniously constructed...this great novel should put Billingham in the same league as Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, John Harvey and Denise Mina. A breakthrough novel."—Kirkus (starred review)
"A tightly plotted and suspenseful thriller sure to please fans of the genre."—Library Journal
"One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today."—Gillian Flynn
"With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don't want to leave."—Michael Connelly
"Tom Thorne is the new superstar detective...Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader of crime fiction."—Lee Child