Tom Thorne

22 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 666 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 145
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    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

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  • Book 2

    • Scaredy Cat

    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 13

    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
    • Dark and disturbing story

    • By Beverley on 03-13-13

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    • Scaredy Cat

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 2
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    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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  • 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
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A treatment for insomnia

    • By PAOLA on 05-18-13

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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 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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...

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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 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

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

    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?

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  • Book 8

    • Bloodline

    • A Tom Thorne Novel
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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

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    • 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 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • 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

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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 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    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

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    • 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

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  • 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 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    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 38 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

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    • The Bones Beneath

    • Thomas Thorne, Book 12
    • By: Mark Billingham
    • Narrated by: Mark Billingham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    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

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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 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

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