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Sleepy Head

(2001)
(The first book in the Tom Thorne series)
A novel by

 

"With Sleepyhead, Billingham leaps to the upper echelons of British crime fiction in a single bound."
John Harvey


"Sleepyhead is one of the finest first-novels I've read in a long while. Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre and earned an instant seat at the top table of crime novelists. An exceptional debut."
George Pelecanos


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 sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to murder.

The police aren't making much progress in their hunt for the killer until he appears to make a mistake: Alison Willetts is found alive and D.I. Tom Thorne believes the murderer has made a mistake, which ought to allow them to get on his tracks. But it was the others who were his mistakes: he doesn't want to take life, he just wants to put people into a state where they cannot move, cannot talk, cannot do anything but think.

When Thorne, helped by the neurologist looking after Alison, starts to realise what he is up against he knows the case is not going to be solved by normal methods - before he can find out who did it he has to understand why he's doing it.

Genre: Mystery
 
Used availability for Mark Billingham's Sleepy Head


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Hardback Editions

August 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: Sleepyhead
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-316-85697-5 / 978-0-316-85697-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Sleepyhead
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-06-621299-5 / 978-0-06-621299-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-8021-2150-0 / 978-0-8021-2150-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

January 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead B Waterstones Edition
Author(s): Billingham Mark
ISBN: 0-7515-5232-1 / 978-0-7515-5232-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-7515-4891-X / 978-0-7515-4891-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-351-32414-3 / 978-0-351-32414-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-7515-4514-7 / 978-0-7515-4514-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-7515-3146-4 / 978-0-7515-3146-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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May 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-06-103221-2 / 978-0-06-103221-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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November 2002 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sleepyhead
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0-356-23201-8 / 978-0-356-23201-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Time Warner UK (M/M)
Availability: Amazon CA   

August 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: SLEEPYHEAD
Author(s): M BILLINGHAM
ISBN: 0-316-85696-7 / 978-0-316-85696-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: LITTLE BROWN
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Audio Editions

November 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: Sleepyhead (Thomas Thorne)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 1-62231-287-2 / 978-1-62231-287-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sleepyhead: Thomas Thorne, Book 1
Author(s): Mark Billingham
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

November 2010 : UK Audio CD
Title: Sleepy Head (unabridged audiobook) (Inspector Tom Thorne Series)
Author(s): Mark Billingham, narrated by Christopher Kay
ISBN: 1-4074-6680-1 / 978-1-4074-6680-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2006 : UK Audio edition
Title: Sleepy Head: Tom Thorne, Book 1
Author(s): Mark Billingham
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sleepyhead: Tom Thorne, Book 1
Author(s): Mark Billingham
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon   

May 2005 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 1-4055-0015-8 / 978-1-4055-0015-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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May 2005 : UK Audio CD
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
ISBN: 1-4055-0016-6 / 978-1-4055-0016-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Sleepyhead (The Di Tom Thorne Book 1)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   

September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne Novels Book 1)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2008 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Sleepyhead (Tom Thorne series Book 1)
Author(s): Mark Billingham
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon CA   


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