A bestselling British crime author, Mark Billingham was born in Birmingham and worked as an actor (his roles including playing the role of Gary in the cult hit children’s television series Maid Marion and Her Merry Men), TV writer and stand-up comedian before publishing his first novel Sleepyhead in 2001. The novel launched a successful series featuring the London detective Tom Thorne, going on to inspire an acclaimed television run for Sky One featuring David Morrissey and a BBC adaptation. Billingham is also the author of the standalone novels In The Dark, Rush Of Blood and Die Of Shame.
How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start.
DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen. Others are less convinced, so once more, Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. It's a journey that brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.
The Tom Thorne Series in Order
Set in the heart of London’s metropolis, the series follows DCI Tom Thorne - a Tottenham supporter, country music fan and dedicated officer – and his partner DI Nicola Tanner as they face the legacy of a life on the criminal front-line.