Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham

Birmingham-born crime writer and stand-up comedian...

Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. 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.

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 and The Burning Girl and Lifeless. The newest Tom Thorne novel, Death Message, was published in August, 2007.

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Name: Mark Billingham

Date of birth: 1961

Place of birth: Birmingham

Current Home: London

Education: ?

Similar Authors: Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, Stephen Booth

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Buried

Buried

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Luke Mullen, sixteen-year-old son of a former high-ranking police officer, has disappeared, presumed kidnapped. While no-one quite dares to voice the fear that he could also be presumed dead, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is brought in to beef...
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Buried - Tom Thorne Novels 6

Buried - Tom Thorne Novels 6 (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 528 pages
Published: 31/05/2007
Publisher: Sphere

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Reviews (3)

4 out of 5

Luke Mullen, sixteen-year-old son of a former high-ranking police officer, has disappeared, presumed kidnapped. While no-one quite dares to voice... Read more


Sleepyhead - Tom Thorne Novels 1

Sleepyhead - Tom Thorne Novels 1 (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 23/03/2002
Publisher: Sphere

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4 out of 5

It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a... Read more

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Lazybones - Tom Thorne Novels 3

Lazybones - Tom Thorne Novels 3 (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 25/03/2004
Publisher: Sphere

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4 out of 5

Someone - a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman - is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them... Read more


Lifeless - Tom Thorne Novels 5 (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 480 pages
Published: 01/05/2006
Publisher: Sphere

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4 out of 5

To his friends, his foes and even to himself it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. On his last case he had seriously... Read more


Scaredy Cat - Tom Thorne Novels 2

Scaredy Cat - Tom Thorne Novels 2 (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 01/05/2003
Publisher: Sphere

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4 out of 5

It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube, strangled her to death in... Read more


The Burning Girl - Tom Thorne Novels

The Burning Girl - Tom Thorne Novels (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 13/05/2005
Publisher: Sphere

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4 out of 5

Jessica Clarke had been set alight twenty years ago. Her attacker, quickly tracked down and eager to confess, was still in jail, his career as a... Read more


Scaredy Cat - Tom Thorne Novels 2

Scaredy Cat - Tom Thorne Novels 2 (Audio CD)

by Mark Billingham, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 08/05/2006
Publisher: Hachette Audio

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It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station, followed her home on the tube, and strangled her to death in... Read more

£15.98

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The Burning Girl

The Burning Girl (Audio CD)

by Mark Billingham, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 15/07/2004
Publisher: Time Warner AudioBooks

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Jessica Clarke had been set alight twenty years ago. Her attacker, quickly tracked down and eager to confess, is still in jail, his career as a... Read more


Lifeless - Tom Thorne Novels 5

Lifeless - Tom Thorne Novels 5 (Audio CD)

by Mark Billingham, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 23/05/2005
Publisher: Hachette Audio

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To his friends, his foes and even to himself it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. On his last case he had seriously... Read more


Buried - Tom Thorne Novels 6

Buried - Tom Thorne Novels 6 (Audio CD)

by Mark Billingham, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 08/05/2006
Publisher: Hachette Audio

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** INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR ** Luke Mullen, sixteen year old son of a former, high-ranking police officer has disappeared,... Read more

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Lazybones - Tom Thorne Novels

Lazybones - Tom Thorne Novels (Audio CD)

by Mark Billingham, et al.

Format: Audio CD 1 pages
Published: 08/05/2006
Publisher: Hachette Audio

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Someone - a woman, or somebody pretending to be a woman - is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them... Read more


Death Message - Tom Thorne Novels 7

Death Message - Tom Thorne Novels 7 (Paperback)

by Mark Billingham

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 29/05/2008
Publisher: Sphere

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Reviews (1)

4 out of 5

The first message sent to Tom Thorne's mobile phone was just a picture - the blurred image of a man's face, but Thorne had seen enough dead... Read more