Books by Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001. Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK. It has be


FROM THE DEAD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Not the best of Thorne's nine appearances, but a solid, rewarding piece of work from beginning to end, with a particularly neat twist that arrives just after readers finally let down their guards."
DI Tom Thorne (The Dying Hours, 2013, etc.) faces "the Curious Case of the Suntanned Corpse." Read full book review >
THE DYING HOURS by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Too many views of the killer at work and not enough actual mystery. But no one currently working the British scene tops Billingham for mordant intensity, whether Thorne is surveying the latest scene of an apparent suicide or just trying to explain why he called in sick."
DI Tom Thorne, back in uniform after his last round of insubordination, goes even further off the rez in his attempts to prove that a series of suicides was something else. Read full book review >
THE DEMANDS by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"This great novel should put Billingham in the same league as Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, John Harvey and Denise Mina. "
The clock is ticking for London detective Tom Thorne. Read full book review >
BLOODLINE by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2011

"Middling detective work, a compelling villain and the author's usual sensitivity to men and women pushed to the edge by their compulsions, their work or their families."
DI Tom Thorne volunteers for a case that turns out to be the work of yet another serial killer as inventive as he is depraved. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 19, 2010

"An important new view of a revolution in the making."
A noted historian tells the overlooked "people's story" of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
DEATH MESSAGE by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Thorne's eighth (Buried, 2007, etc.) boldly pushes the British procedural toward the kind of cops-and-criminals psychodrama Americans are most likely to associate with James Lee Burke—a heady brew indeed."
Forget You've Got Voicemail. DI Tom Thorne's cell phone is delivering a more macabre message: You've Got Corpses. Read full book review >
IN THE DARK by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The detection is hit or miss—mostly miss—but Americans who think the bleak world George Pelecanos brings to life is limited to the nation's capital will find Billingham's atmospheric maze of London byways just as sprawling and squiggling with desperate cops and robbers."
Billingham's series sort-of-hero, DI Tom Thorne (Buried, 2007, etc.), has to settle for a supporting role, practically a walk-on, in this tangled tale of what happens after an aspiring gang member shoots into a car in London. Read full book review >
BURIED by Mark Billingham
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

Want to know why DI Tom Thorne is such a depressive type? Just take a look at his caseload. Read full book review >
BURIED by Mark Billingham
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

Want to know why DI Tom Thorne is such a depressive type? Just take a look at his caseload. Read full book review >
THE BURNING GIRL by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2005

"Thriller in a minor key."
Gangland killings, bureaucratic backstabbing, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne in a downbeat mood—what else is new? Read full book review >
LAZYBONES by Mark Billingham
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2004

"Written with care, though Billingham may need to switch the formula soon."
London police inspector Tom Thorne (Scaredy Cat, 2003) goes up against another sadistic killer—though this time the pulse hardly quickens. Read full book review >
SCAREDY CAT by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Not the greatest thriller of the year, but one that mixes its chills with a healthy (and welcome) dose of reality."
Tom Thorne gets double the usual headache when a pair of serial killers start terrorizing London. Read full book review >
SLEEPY HEAD by Mark Billingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Thorne doesn't come close to, say, Helen Mirren's DI Tennison, but there's more than one wanker and plenty of bollocks to go around."
Newcomer Billingham debuts with a rote but easily digestible thriller, a British serial-killer tale that, we're told, is already an international bestseller. Read full book review >