A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE
BY MARK BILLINGHAM
Thorne looked at the picture, feeling the pulse quicken at the side of his neck. There were times when he couldn't see what was staring him in the face, but this, for better or worse, was his area of expertise. Thorne knew a dead man when he saw him.
Delivering the "death message." That's what cops call those harrowing moments when they must tell someone that a loved one has been killed. Now Detective Investigator Tom Thorne is receiving messages of his own: photographs of murder victims sent to his cell phone.
Who are the victims? Who is sending the photographs? And why is he sending them to Tom Thorne? The answer lies in the detective investigator's past, with a man he had once sent to prison for life. But even behind bars, the most dangerous psychopath Thorne has ever faced is still a master at manipulating others to do his dirty work for him. And Thorne must act fast because the photos keep on coming, and the killer's next target is someone the detective investigator knows very well. . . .'Dark humour and even darker crime. Death Message is by far the best book yet in a series going from strength to strength.' Sydney Morning Herald
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Death Message is the unforgettable new entry in the suspense series featuring Tom Thorne, “the next superstar detective” (Lee Child), from Mark Billingham, one of Britain’s most compelling and talented crime writers. Billingham, the author of In the Dark and Buried, delivers a chilling thriller that begins with a body and a phone line, both of which are dead. Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Mark Billingham is the author of eight novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones (winner of the UK's 2005 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award), The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried—all Times (London) bestsellers—as well as his latest 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. 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.Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.
Though still occasionally working as a stand-up comic, Mark now concentrates on writing the series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne. The second novel, SCAREDY CAT was published in July 2002 and was followed by LAZYBONES, THE BURNING GIRL, LIFELSS, BURIED, DEATH MESSAGE and the standalone thriller, IN THE DARK. The latest novel, BLOODLINE was published in August 2009. Mark is currently writing the next Tom Thorne novel called “From The Dead” and at work on the next in a series of thrillers for children –TRISKELLION– written under the pseudonym Will Peterson.
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