Biography

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham is one of England's best known and top-selling crime writers. 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. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.

Mark Billingham

Books by Mark Billingham

by Mark Billingham - Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Three British couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on the last day of their vacation, tragedy strikes: the 14-year-old daughter of an American vacationer goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. When the shocked couples return home to the U.K., they remain in contact, and over the course of three dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don’t always like what they find. Then, a second girl goes missing. Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Mystery

Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about shame. But when one of the group is murdered, it quickly becomes apparent that someone else in that circle is responsible. The investigation is hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these individuals and their therapist together, which makes things difficult for Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner. What could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when secrets, lies and denial are second nature to all of your suspects?

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

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 25 years to lend her support. As his partner faces up to a past she has tried desperately to forget and a media storm engulfs the town, Thorne becomes convinced that, despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, the police have the wrong man.

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Mystery

A decade ago, Alan Langford’s charred remains were discovered in his burnt-out car. His wife, Donna, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband and sentenced to 10 years in prison. But before she is released, Donna receives a nasty shock: an anonymous letter containing a photo of her husband. How is it possible that he’s still alive? Where is he? Who sent the picture, and why?

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

When Stuart Nicklin announces that he wishes to reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims and that he wants the cop who caught him to be there when he does it, it becomes clear that Tom Thorne’s life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast. As Thorne and his team search for bones that are somewhat more recent, it becomes clear that Nicklin’s motives are far from altruistic.

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Mystery

Tom 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.

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

The Crime: Customers of a convenience store are taken captive. The Demand: The man needs to know what really happened to his son, who died an "accidental" death in prison. The Twist: What Detective Tom Thorne discovers upends everything he thought he knew about those he put away. But will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of the distraught and dangerous father?

by Mark Billingham - Fiction, Thriller

A murderer is targeting the children of victims of Raymond Garvey, an infamous serial killer from London's past. When Murder Squad veteran Detective Tom Thorne is called into what seems like, for once, an ordinary domestic murder, he thinks he's caught a break. But when a mysterious sliver of bloodstained X-ray that was found clutched in the victim's fist is replicated at other crime scenes around the city, Thorne realizes this is not a simple case.