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In The Dark

Mark Billingham

Deaver's best book

A DEADLY CRASH A rainy night in London. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost an innocent victim their life. But the reality is far more sinister...


A DANGEROUS QUEST A pregnant woman struggles desperately to uncover the truth, and makes herself a target in the process. Just weeks from giving birth, how will she survive in a world where death is an occupational hazard?


A SHOCKING TWIST In a city where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come.






A stand-alone novel from the author of the acclaimed Thorne series.


A driver is forced off the road and into a bus stop. A policeman is dead. His partner, a policewoman, wants to know why, and what he was up to?


A rainy evening in London and shots are fired at a car, causing it to hit a bus stop. What looks like a gang initiation has cost a man his life. A policeman - off-duty cop Paul Hopwood losing his life.


This incident has wide-ranging consequences for a large cast including the shooter, the ageing gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the victim’s pregnant wife just two weeks away from giving birth. She’s a policewoman called Helen. And she wants to know why her husband was killed, and what he was up to before he died.


The strong motivation of grief drives her to investigate her partner's sudden death. An investigation that requires some soul searching of her own as secrets are discovered. This is all set against the fact that Helen's baby is due (a ticking clock that adds tension) and a violent gang land. Violence of both the planned and random variety.


Billingham shows the characters in a way that doesn’t judge them. The teenagers are easily caught up with criminals as the impact of the gangs swallows them up. This reads as an honest and authentic portrayal of London gang life in a world where the truth is hard to find.


This is the author’s first stand-alone novel and it’s a quality depiction of relationships and interactions with no shortage of action and a clever twist towards the end.




About Mark Billingham:

Mark Billingham is one of the UK's most popular crime writers. A former actor (a merry man!), 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.




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