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From the Dead By Mark Billingham

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Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2010.

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From the Dead: A Tom Thorne Novel by Mark Billingham

In the ninth Tom Thorne novel, a man long thought killed by his long-suffering wife, turns up alive. And other people begin to turn up dead.

A decade ago, 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 sentenced to ten years in prison. But 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. But how is it possible that her husband is still alive? Where is he? Who sent the photo, and why?

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Praise for From the Dead

"Mark Billingham is a first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country. . . . The police procedural is a deceptively simple genre. You need a crime, a cop, suspects, complications and finally a solution. The art, of course, lies in the ingenuity of the crime, the depth of the characterizations and the quality of the writing. Billingham excels in all regards." --Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

"Billingham's ninth Tom Thorne thriller sees our hero working on a case in which a man long dead appears to be very much alive--to the chagrin of his wife, who had paid to ensure his expiration."--Entertainment Weekly

"Once again, [Billingham] has written a deep police procedural with significant insights into the characters. . . . Written with smoothness and urbanity, the plot moves forward in unexpected ways. Recommended."--Theodore Feit, The Midwest Book Review

"[A] fine, well-plotted work . . . Billingham's dark humor, often shot through with irony, is in full play here."--Joe Hartlaub, Book Reporter

"A chillingly clever criminal boosts this intelligent procedural."--Publishers Weekly

"A nice mix of police procedure and chatty scenes, and some nice scenery."--Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer

Praise for Mark Billingham

"With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don't want to leave."--Michael Connelly

"Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us--don't miss him."--Lee Child

"Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today."--Gillian Flynn

"Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre."--George Pelecanos

"Billingham is a world-class crime writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books."--Karin Slaughter

"Mark Billingham is one of my favorite new writers."--Harlan Coben

"Billingham leaps to the upper echelons of crime fiction in one bound."--John Harvey

About Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham is one of England's best known and top-selling crime writers. His most recent book was a #1 bestseller in the UK. He has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. His novels Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.

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From the Dead: A Tom Thorne Novel by Mark Billingham
Mark Billingham
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