Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

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The astonishing thirteenth Tom Thorne novel is a story of kidnapping, the tabloid press, and a frightening case of mistaken identity. Tom Thorne is on holiday with his girlfriend DS Helen Weeks, when two girls are abducted in Helen's home town. When a body is discovered and a man is arrested, Helen recognizes the suspect's wife as an old school-friend and returns home for the first time in twenty-five years to lend her support. As his partner faces up to the past she has tried desperately to forget the media storm engulfs the town, Thorne becomes convinced that, despite the overwhelming evidence of his guilt, the police have got the wrong man. There is still an extremely clever killer on the loose and a missing girl who Thorne believes might still be alive.

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Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakstons Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel and also won the Sherlock Award for "Best Detective Created by a British Author." His books, which include the critically acclaimed Tom Thorne series, have been translated into twenty-five languages and have sold over four million copies.

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Longlisted for the 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year
A Telegraph Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year
One of Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Great Summer Thrillers”
One of the Guardian’s Best Recent Crime Novels”


Some ingenious forensic footwork. What is most impressive about the novel, however, is the astute observation of the beleaguered Bates family, who turn in on themselves as the inhabitants of the town turn on them.” Guardian (UK)

Clever and inventive.” Financial Times

The writing displays the virtues that have made Mark Billingham a bestseller: wit, careful plotting, attention to detail (some of it gruesome) and great characterization not just Thorne and Helen but subsidiary figures such as the e-cigarette-puffing local police chief . . . An entertaining read. This won’t disappoint Billingham’s legions of fans.” Telegraph (UK)

Billingham conjures many moods in this suspenseful thriller . . . This is a multilayered, expertly crafted look at the many moving parts of an investigation and the terror unleashed by a crafty killer.” Booklist (starred review)

Builds to a surprising and satisfying climax.” Publishers Weekly

DI Tom Thorne and his lover, DS Helen Weeks, return to Helen's hated hometown in Warwickshire to confront some ugly accusations and some even uglier secrets. . . . What lingers in the memory is the group portrait of the Polesford locals brutally closing ranks against a man they're certain deserves to die.” Kirkus Reviews

Billingham has seemed to be incapable of writing any way but wonderfully since Sleepyhead, his first Tom Thorne novel . . . Billingham is always spot on, but Time of Death is pitch-perfect, evenly balanced between plot and character. You won’t be able to read it without wondering why all books can’t be this good.” Bookreporter

Praise for Mark Billingham:

Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us don’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

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