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The Killing Habit

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'One of the great series of British crime fiction' The Times

From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case.

How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill?

We've all heard about the signs: coldness, cruelty, mistreatment of animals. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of a psychopath all too well, so when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets, he sees a chance to stop a future murderer.

Others are less convinced, so Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. The journey brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.

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'A new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real' SUSIE STEINER

'Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul' CARA HUNTER

'An unconventional literary superstar' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter' FINANCIAL TIMES

'Thorne is a terrific invention' IRISH INDEPENDENT
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 157 x 235 x 31mm | 570g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751566950
  • 9780751566956
  • 69,963

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His [Billingham's] storylines of murders that go unseen or unrecognised are chilling and moving, and Tom Thorne is on terrific form The Times
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Love Like Blood has a rich seam of biting wit, impeccable plotting and realistic police detail. The result is an intelligent and hugely entertaining thriller that treats its subject with sensitivity. It includes gasp-inducing moments of drama and some ingenious twists * The People * This is a searing story, excitingly told with several unexpected twists in the tale * Irish Independent * Want something to get the heart racing as you laze by the pool?...A thrilling read not for the faint-hearted * Sun * Brave, topical, important and as uncomfortable to read as it is impossible not to * Heat * Another tough but utterly intriguing entry in one of the best British police detective series going * Winnipeg Free Press * Shocking and topical, the 14th book in the Thorne series is an engaging thriller from one of Britain's best crime writers * Daily Express * The strength of the DI Thorne novels is in the knowledge that all of this could be real. The closing of the novel will please even the most discerning fan of the police procedural, and leave you yearning for more. * Crime Fiction Lover * The author's rage, combined with his skill as a crime writer, makes this a gripping and genuinely tragic story * Literary Review * Thorne is a terrific invention * Irish Independent * Entertaining, thought provoking and current * West Australian * As ever with Billingham, a rich cast of characters and tense situations are marshalled with panache, leading to a final terrifying encounter * Financial Times * Brilliant and unbearable * Independent * An unconventional literary superstar * Mail on Sunday * Irascible, irritating and indefatigable...Billingham's passionate depiction of the injustice and brutality that flow from these killings spills from every page, making this one of his most powerful crime novels, written with a fury that does both him and Thorne justice * Daily Mail * Mark Billingham on superb form. A finely paced and polished procedural, with twists and turns galore and an ending that will chill your soul. * Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home * [A] sensitive topic delicately handled, with a perfectly executed and thoroughly unnerving twist at the end * The Guardian * A new Mark Billingham is always a treat and The Killing Habit hurls the reader straight into the action. Thoroughly enjoyable for being so very real. * Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown * Groundbreaking ... a gripping, unsensational take on a type of crime that is happening more frequently than many of us realise * Sunday Times * One of the great series of British crime fiction * The Times * His [Billingham's] storylines of murders that go unseen or unrecognised are chilling and moving, and Tom Thorne is on terrific form * The Times *
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About Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
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926 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 39% (364)
4 43% (395)
3 15% (140)
2 2% (22)
1 1% (5)
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