Tom Thorne

23 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 731 ratings

Sleepyhead Publisher's 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

    • Sleepyhead

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 1
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 134

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simon Prebble, the master narrator

    • By Glenn on 01-30-14

    Regular price: $20.27

  • Book 2

    • Scaredy Cat

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 2
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at London's Euston station, followed her home on the tube, strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time, killed in the same way, a second body is discovered at the back of King's Cross station. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murder of two other women, stabbed to death months before on the same day.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Run of the mill

    • By Julie Jones on 07-30-16

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    • Scaredy Cat

    • Tom Thorne, Book 2
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

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  • 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 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Story was OK but ‘music’ and heavy breathing between scenes/chapters was really annoying!

    • By Gillian Hamilton on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $11.93

  • 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 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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?

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  • 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 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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 on 07-09-05

    Regular price: $15.01

  • 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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

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  • 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 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    "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

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    A killer is on the loose. The victims: children whose mothers can't protect them. The past is coming back to haunt the people of London: a murderer is targeting the children of victims of Raymond Garvey, an infamous serial killer from London's past.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Ambling it's way to a plot

    • By Cathy J Hunter on 09-14-16

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Bloodline

    • Tom Thorne, Book 8
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

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  • Book 9

    • From the Dead

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 9
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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 ten years in prison. But just before she is released, Donna receives a nasty shock: an anonymous letter containing a photo of her husband.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good read!

    • By BarbBee on 09-06-15

    Regular price: $20.27

    • From the Dead

    • Tom Thorne, Book 9
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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?

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  • Book 10

    • The Demands

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is a young mother, Detective Helen Weeks. She is told her life depends on the co-operation of one of her colleagues - detective Tom Thorne. Akhtar is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in prison. He is convinced the death was not an accident and forces the one man who knows more about the case than any other, Thorne, to re-investigate.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thorne worth reading

    • By Joseph on 06-30-15

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Good As Dead

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Adelheid on 11-01-11

    Regular price: $17.55

  • Book 11

    • The Dying Hours

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

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    • The Dying Hours

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 11
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Newly demoted after stepping out of line once too often, and struggling to adjust, Detective Inspector Tom Thorne becomes convinced that a spate of suicides among the elderly in London is something more sinister. His concerns are dismissed by the murder squad he was once part of and he is forced to investigate alone. Now, unable to trust anybody, Thorne risks losing those closest to him as well as endangering those being targeted by a killer unlike any he has hunted before: a man with nothing to lose and a growing list of victims, a man who appears to have the power to make people take their own lives.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • implausible

    • By Ms. on 08-09-15

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  • Book 12

    • The Bones Beneath

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A Tedious, Boring Disappointment

    • By Sam Q on 06-24-14

    Regular price: $18.58

    • The Bones Beneath

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 12
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    In The Bones Beneath, the latest addition to the internationally best-selling Tom Thorne series, Thorne once again must confront Stuart Nicklin, a master manipulator and ruthless murderer. When Nicklin announces that he wishes to reveal the whereabouts of one of his earliest victims and that he wants the cop who caught him to be there when he does it, it becomes clear that Thorne's life is about to become seriously unpleasant. Thorne is forced to accompany Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh coast which is cut off from the mainland in every sense.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Billingham is fablous as both author and narrator.

    • By Margaret on 02-23-15

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  • Book 13

    • Time of Death

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

    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....

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    • Time of Death

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Tom Thorne is on holiday with his girlfriend, DS Helen Weeks, when two girls are abducted in Helen's hometown. When a body is discovered and a man is arrested, Helen recognizes the suspect's wife as an old school friend and returns home for the first time in 25 years to lend her support. As his partner faces up to a past she has tried desperately to forget and a media storm engulfs the town, Thorne becomes convinced that despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt, the police have got the wrong man.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting

    • By Larry H. Kenfield on 03-12-17

    Regular price: $27.99

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