A Deadly Crash.
A rainy night in south London. A gun is fired into a car, which swerves onto the pavement and plows into a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost the life of an innocent victim. But the reality is far more sinister. . . .
A Dangerous Quest.
One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger, the ageing gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. How will she, two weeks away from giving birth, now cope in a world where death is an occupational hazard?
A Shocking Twist.
In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, nothing is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come.
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"Starred Review. Best known for the Det. Insp. Tom Thorne series, Billingham does for South London what Richard Price does for Manhattan's Lower East Side in Lush Life.
"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." - Kirkus Reviews.
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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 11 novels (as of 2014) 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)
11. The Dying Hours (2013)
12. The Bones Beneath (2014)
He is also the author of the ...
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"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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