The Dying Hours
By Mark Billingham
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802121486, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 2013
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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.
Mark Billingham is one of England's best known and top-selling crime writers. His most recent book was a #1 bestseller in the UK. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. His novels Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.
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