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Mark Billingham

UK flag (1961 - )

aka Will Peterson

Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most acclaimed and popular crime writers. A former actor, television writer and stand-up comedian, his series of novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. His standalone thriller IN THE DARK was chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the Times and his debut novel, SLEEPYHEAD was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

The Other Half (2015) (with My Darling Clementine)
Stroke of Luck (2015)
Mark Billingham recommends

Flesh and Blood (2004)
(Frank Elder, book 1)
John Harvey
"A gripping and powerfully atmospheric thriller from a writer at the very top of his game. It's quite simply the best thing Harvey's written yet."

The Broken Shore (2005)
(Broken Shore, book 1)
Peter Temple
"This is crime writing at its very best, discovering Peter Temple has been the highlight of my year."
Last Rituals
Last Rituals (2007)
(Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, book 1)
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
"Dark, deep and icy as an Icelandic fjord; this is a rich and rewarding debut novel of ancient mysteries and very modern murder."

The Twilight Time (2008)
(Anna Cameron, book 1)
Karen Campbell
"Enough pace and atmosphere to give the likes of Denise Mina a run for their money."

Flesh House (2008)
(Logan McRae, book 4)
Stuart MacBride
"Fierce, unflinching... crime fiction of the highest order."

City of Dreadful Night (2010)
(Brighton, book 1)
Peter Guttridge
"Gritty, compeling and meticulously researched."

Long Reach (2011)
(Eddie Savage, book 1)
Peter Cocks
"Powerful, compelling stuff that pulls no punches."

The Doll's House (2013)
(Brennan & Esposito, book 5)
Tania Carver
"Seriously scary."

Absence of Light (2013)
(Charlie Fox)
Zoë Sharp
"Zoë Sharp and Charlie Fox both kick ass."

The Killing of el Nio Jesus (2013)
(Chief Inspector Max Cámara)
Jason Webster
"A series that just gets better and better. Each Max Cámara novel is a treat to savour."

The Verdict (2014)
Nick Stone
"London now has its own John Grisham."

The Gentle Assassin (2014)
Ryan David Jahn
"Jahn just gets better and better. He's a writer not to be missed."

Dust and Desire (2015)
(Joel Sorrell, book 1)
Conrad Williams
"Gritty and compelling."

Black Widow (2016)
(Jack Parlabane, book 7)
Chris Brookmyre
"Chilling, compelling...Brookmyre is unique."

St Ernan's Blues (2016)
(Inspector Starrett Mystery, book 3)
Paul Charles
"Paul Charles is a brilliant storyteller and Inspector Starrett is a gem of a character."

Behind Dead Eyes (2016)
(DC Ian Bradshaw, book 2)
Howard Linskey
"One of the best new writers around and this is a must-read series."

The Plea (2016)
(Eddie Flynn, book 2)
Steve Cavanagh
"A great thriller."

The Second Girl (2016)
(Frank Marr, book 1)
David Swinson
"The Second Girl is a down-and-dirty thriller with real heart from an author who knows what he's talking about. This is firmly in George Pelecanos territory and it doesn't get much better than that."

Then She Was Gone (2016)
(DI Murphy and DS Rossi, book 4)
Luca Veste
"A writer to watch."

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