Tom Thorne

15 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490 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

    • Tom Thorne, Book 2
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    In a vicious, calculated murder, a victim is selected at Euston Station, followed home, and strangled in front of her child. When a second body is discovered, killed in the same way at King's Cross station, DI Tom Thorne comes to a horrifying conclusion: this is not one killer, but two.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another superb offering

    • By Sue on 22-10-08

    Regular price: £11.19

  • Book 3

    • Lazybones

    • Tom Thorne, Book 3
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A powerful book

    • By Joseph on 23-08-06

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  • Book 4

    • The Burning Girl

    • Tom Thorne, Book 4
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Roger Lloyd Pack
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Jessica Clarke had been set alight 20 years ago. Her attacker, quickly tracked down and eager to confess, is still in jail, his career as a hitman for North London gangs now well behind him. So who is harassing Carol Chamberlain, the arresting officer, and claiming that he is one who burned the girl?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • what a disappointment

    • By mark on 17-12-15

    Regular price: £10.49

  • Book 5

    • Lifeless

    • Tom Thorne, Book 5
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
    • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Depressed by the recent loss of his father, berated for overstepping the mark on his last case, he's been 'encouraged' to take leave. It's a fairly dire situation. But not as dire as the situation for London's homeless. Three vagrants have been found murdered in the last month. Were they just random jetsam, or were they targeted for a reason?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Far from Lifeless

    • By Andy Parsons on 23-10-05

    Regular price: £11.19

  • Book 6

    • Buried

    • Tom Thorne, Book 6
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Luke Mullen, sixteen 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really good story

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-18

    Regular price: £11.19

  • Book 7

    • Death Message

    • Tom Thorne, Book 7
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    "Delivering the death message". That's what coppers call it when they have to tell someone that a loved one has been killed. Now DI Tom Thorne is receiving messages of his own: photos of murder victims sent to his mobile phone.

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  • 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 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    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

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 9

    • From the Dead

    • Tom Thorne, Book 9
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    It has been a decade since Alan Langford's charred remains were discovered in his burnt-out car. His wife, Donna, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband and served 10 years in prison. But just before she is released, Donna receives a nasty shock: an anonymous letter containing a photo of her husband. The man she hates with every fibre of her being - the man she paid to have murdered - seems very much alive and well. How is it possible that her husband is still alive?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another excellent book!

    • By Anne on 24-05-17

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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 413
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    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 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 271

    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 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    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

    Regular price: £17.99

  • 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 431
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 391

    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

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 14

    • Love Like Blood

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Mark Billingham, Sagar Arya
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 282

    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

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 15

    • The Killing Habit

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    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

    Regular price: £19.99