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Summary

From multi-million-copy number one best seller 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.

©2018 Mark Billingham (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"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)

“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)

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Always great!

Love the Tom Thorne books, but this is excellent, really kept you guessing. Looking forward to the next one!

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Billingham Scores Again

There’s no one to beat Billingham when it comes to the dark side of London.
As gruesome as ever the story leaves a real ‘bond’ between Thorne and Tanner in terms of what really happened at the denouement and the Epilogue leaves chilling thoughts about the future.

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Another Winner!

With every novel, Mark Billingham's characters develop and grow. His story lines remain contemporary and, although they are always based in the modern world, they are realistic and do not try
too hard to "digital name drop" and I find this refreshing as well.
If you've been a Thorne fan from the start, or just joining the party now, this novel's twists and turns will not disappoint you!

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Excellent, Love Mark Billingham

Brilliantly read by the Author, love the characters and the brilliant story line. I didn't see that happening.
Could listen to it again, as it is soo good.

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not very good

I found it rather unpleasant as a cat lover, and the story wasn't really very well put together. the narration was ok, but it is rare for the author to be a good narrator, and it was a bit monotone and flat. I think I will give him a miss for a while.

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One of my favourites

This book is fantastic.... hooked from start to finish. I love Mark as the narrator now and the plot is excellent.

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great as usually

loved it. this is a very good book I have enjoy a number of boooks

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Excellent

Another wonderful Mark Billingham book - never fails! Nicely set up for the next one.

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5 Star Book

was gripped the whole way through lots of exciting twists
shocked by the epilogue at the end

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Mark Billingham At His Best

Here's to Mark's Next One can't wait for the next episode please get writing Mark

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Fabulous

As always mark billingham never fails to to entertain. He is such a good story teller. I did like him narrating it but I wished he’d changed his voice for each character. Sometimes it was a bit hard knowing who was talking