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The Murder Book

On sale

19th January 2023

Price: £8.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751577303

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A gripping, grisly read. Mark Billingham is a terrific crime writer’ —– ANTHONY HOROWITZ

Tom Thorne has it all.

In Nicola Tanner and Phil Hendricks, Thorne has good friends by his side. He finally has a love life worth a damn and is happy in the job to which he has devoted his life…

He has everything to lose.

Hunting the woman responsible for a series of grisly murders, Thorne has no way of knowing that he will be plunged into a nightmare from which he may never wake.

And he’ll do anything to keep it.

Finally, Thorne’s past has caught up with him and a ruinous secret is about to be revealed. If he wants to save himself and his friends, he must do the unthinkable.


‘Mark Billingham is a master of psychology’
Ian Rankin

‘Fast-paced and twisting’
Paula Hawkins

At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year’s Booker prize’
The Times


Paula Hawkins (on Rabbit Hole)
Fast-paced and twisting
It's Billingham at his most dramatic
Financial Times
A notable rival for the title of Britain's leading male crime novelist
Peter James
Mark Billingham is one the biggest names in crime fiction and one the genre's most formidable talents
The Times (on Rabbit Hole)
At the very least it should reach the shortlist of this year's Booker prize
Adele Parks
Another tense, taut and meticulously planned story, shimmering with edgy originality and depth. Crime fans know Billingham is a formidable talent
Daily Express
You'll be knocked sideways by the twists
Anthony Horowitz
A gripping, grisly read . . . Mark Billingham is a terrific crime writer
Louise Candlish (on Rabbit Hole)
The most cunning, complex, claustrophobic mystery
Daily Mail
This is Billingham at his most enjoyably melodramatic and you'll be knocked sideways by the barrage of twists
Mark Sanderson, The Times
The sense of mounting dread would be unbearable were it not for Billingham's black humour that somehow highlights rather than undermines his sensitive depiction of the consequences of crime. The Murder Book [is] a brilliant thriller by a writer at the top of his game
Ian Rankin
Tom Thorne is one of the most credible and engaging heroes in contemporary crime fiction. Mark Billingham is a master