Tom Thorne

15 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 2,644 ratings

Sleepyhead Summary

Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel and is aware of everything going on around her, but is completely unable to move or communicate. Her condition is called Locked-In Syndrome.

In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer made his first mistake.

Then D.I. Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth; it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. "An appropriate margin of error" is how their killer dismisses them, and Thorne knows they are unlikely to be the last. For the killer is smart, and he's getting his kicks out of toying with Thorne as much as he is pursuing his sick fantasy. Thorne knows immediately he's not going to catch the killer with simple procedure. But with little more than gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to damn his chief suspect, anesthetist Jeremy Bishop, his pursuit of him is soon bordering on the unprofessional. Especially considering his involvement with Anne Coburn, Alison's doctor and Jeremy's close friend.

©2001 Original material 2001 Mark Billingham. Recorded by arrangement with Atlantic Monthly Press, a division of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2013 2013 HighBridge Company
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • Scaredy Cat

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 124

    An enduring top-ten bestseller, and genuinely gripping novel in the spirit of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George.... London-based detective Tom Thorne has his work cut out. The killer chose his target at Euston station, followed her and strangled her to death. The victim wasn't his first in North London, and Thorne realises the murders are happening simultaneously. This is not a serial killer Thorne is up against... this is two of them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Kirstine on 01-12-17

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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

    • Burning Girl

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    X marks the spot - and when that spot is a corpse's naked back and the X is carved in blood, DI Tom Thorne is in no doubt that the dead man is the latest victim of a particularly vicious serial killer. It's morbid and it's messy - but it's a mystery with plenty of clues. This is turf warfare between North London gangs. Crime boss Billy Ryan is moving into someone else s patch - and that someone is not best pleased....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific book

    • By Steven on 01-10-15

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  • Book 5

    • Lifeless

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    On his last case he over-stepped the mark, and now Tom Thorne's career is on the skids... So when he learns that someone is targeting London's homeless community it seems natural for Thorne to go undercover amongst them. His investigations quickly prove that this is no random killer; it is someone with a specific list of victims. Then the news that a policeman is working undercover becomes public knowledge, placing Thorne in mortal danger...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well written, well researched, well read - The 3Rs

    • By katy on 16-12-13

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  • Book 6

    • Buried

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    Luke Mullen, 16-year-old son of a former, high-ranking police officer, has disappeared, presumed kidnapped. While no-one quite dares to voice the fear that he could also be presumed dead, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne is brought in to beef up the squad dedicated to locating the missing boy. The first thing the team looks for is anyone with a grudge against Luke's father, a man who'd put a lot of tough villains away in his time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoyed listening

    • By Ms on 19-03-15

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  • Book 7

    • Death Message

    • Tom Thorne, Book 7
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    The first message sent to Tom Thorne's phone was just a picture - the blurred image of a man's face, but Thorne had seen enough dead bodies to know that the man was no longer alive. But who was he? Who sent the photograph? And why?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My first Mark Billingham - really good!

    • By JonR on 02-03-11

    Regular price: £19.59

  • Book 8

    • Bloodline

    • Tom Thorne, Book 8
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary. DI Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered 15 years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met and ended with seven women dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tom Thorne at his best

    • By Patricia on 23-02-17

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

    • Good As Dead

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 409
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    The Hostage. Police officer Helen Weeks walks into her local newsagent's on her way to work. Little does she know that this simple daily ritual will change her life forever. It's the last place she expects to be met with violence, but as she waits innocently at the till, she comes face to face with a gunman. The Demand. The crazed hostage-taker is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in youth custody.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kept me listening

    • By Kirstine on 30-08-11

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 11

    • The Dying Hours

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 265
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 264

    A cluster of suicides among the elderly. Such things are not unknown to the police and the deaths are quickly dismissed by the police as routine. Only one man is convinced that something more sinister is taking place.However, no one listens to Tom Thorne anymore. Having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform and he hates it. Patronised and abused by his new colleagues, Thorne's suspicions about the suicides are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Fantastic Listen - you will be hooked.

    • By S. Hall on 21-06-13

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 12

    • The Bones Beneath

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    Tom Thorne is back in charge - but there's a terrifying price to pay. Stuart Nicklin, the most dangerous psychopath he has ever put behind bars, promises to reveal the whereabouts of a body he buried 25 years before. But only if Thorne agrees to escort him. Unable to refuse, Thorne gathers a team and travels to a remote Welsh island, at the mercy of the weather and cut off from the mainland. Thorne is determined to get the job done and return home before Nicklin can outwit them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slow and ponderous

    • By mr on 09-06-14

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  • Book 13

    • Time of Death

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 416
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 378

    Discover one of the two masterful hit novels adapted for the massive new BBC One Drama series In The Dark, featuring brilliant heroine Helen Weeks. Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. When family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Thorne Tour De Force

    • By Ms. L. Chalkley on 27-04-15

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  • Book 14

    • Love Like Blood

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Mark Billingham, Sagar Arya
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner, Susan, is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft - and vengeful. Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By S on 08-06-17

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  • Book 15

    • The Killing Habit

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    From 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 all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always great!

    • By Nicola on 19-06-18

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