Now this is a thriller worth losing a bit of sleep over! Where is the line between criminal and victim, cop and crook, justice and revenge?
Detective Tom Thorne walks a very taught line, you might say it's more of a thread, in Mark Billingham's Death Message. Thorne, drawn in by a text message with a picture of a dead body attached, soon finds out that his past has reached into the future to forecast murder. Can Thorne beat the murderer to his victims and what will he risk to get there first? And more importantly, which side of the line will he be on after?
- "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. . "
About the Author from the Publisher-
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.
For more information read this article - Mark Billingham wins crime novel of the year award - Alison Flood of the guardian.co.uk