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The Bones Beneath, the twelfth novel in the internationally bestselling Tom Thorne series shows Thorne facing perhaps the most dangerous killer he has ever put away, Stuart Nicklin. When 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 Thorne's life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast which is cut off from the mainland in every sense. Shrouded in myth and legend, it is said to be the resting place of 20,000 saints and as Thorne and his team search for bones that are somewhat more recent, it becomes clear that Nicklin's motives are far from altruistic.
The twisted scheme of a dangerous and manipulative psychopath will result in many more victims and will leave Tom Thorne with the most terrible choice he has ever had to make.
"Chilling... Billingham certainly knows how to make those pages turn." - Publishers Weekly"
Starred Review. Thorne's twelfth is a tour de force of suspense that dares you to guess the secrets of a magician who's made his intentions perfectly clear from the very beginning." - Kirkus Reviews
Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham, England. 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 been sold widely throughout the world and was published in the USA in the summer of 2002. Since then, Gillingham has published a further nine novels (as of 2011) featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne.
1. Sleepy Head (2001)
2. Scaredy Cat (2002)
3. Lazybones (2003)
4. The Burning Girl (2004)
5. Lifeless (2005)
6. Buried (2006)
7. Death Message (2007)
8. Bloodline (2009)
9. From the Dead (2010)
10. Good as Dead (2011)
He is also the author of the standalone novel In The Dark as well as a series of childrens thrillers Triskellion - written under the pseudonym Will Peterson.
A television series based on the Tom Thorne novels will be screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
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