The Dying Hours

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The Dying Hours

By Mark Billingham

Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802121486, 390pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2013


A fantastic, never-before-published Tom Thorne novel by England's crime king.

It's been twenty-five years since Tom Thorne last went to work wearing the "Queen's cloth" but now, having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform. He's no longer a detective, and he hates it.

Still struggling to adjust, Thorne becomes convinced that a spate of suicides among the elderly in London are something more sinister. His concerns are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.

Now, unable to trust anybody, Thorne risks losing those closest to him as well as endangering those being targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before. A man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims. A man who appears to have the power to make people take their own lives.

About the Author
Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried all Times (London) bestsellers as 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 Theakston s 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.

Praise For The Dying Hours

Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with usdon’t miss him.”Lee Child

Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today.”Gillian Flynn

Billingham is a world-class crime writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books.”Karin Slaughter

With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don’t want to leave.”Michael Connelly

Mark Billingham is one of my favorite new writers.”Harlan Coben

"Billingham is one of the best crime novelists working today."Laura Lippman

Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre.”George Pelecanos

Billingham leaps to the upper echelons of crime fiction in one bound.”John Harvey