In the Dark by Mark Billingham
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Synopsis

A Deadly Crash

A rainy night in south London. A gun is fired into a car, which swerves onto the pavement and plows into a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost the life of an innocent victim. But the reality is far more sinister. . . .

A Dangerous Quest

One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger, the ageing gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. How will she, two weeks away from giving birth, now cope in a world where death is an occupational hazard?

A Shocking Twist

In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, nything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come.

Mark Billingham's first stand-alone thriller, In the Dark is his most powerful novel yet. Gritty, fierce, and moving, here is a must-read for anyone who likes their crime fiction unflinching—and unforgettable.

 

About Mark Billingham

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Mark Billingham is the author of nine novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, and Buried—all Times (London) bestsellers—as well as the stand-alone thriller In the Dark. For the creation of the Tom Thorne character, Billingham received the 2003 Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer, and he has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He has previously worked as an actor and stand-up comedian on British television and still writes regularly for the BBC. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
 
Published September 18, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 431 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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The cast is large and sometimes confusing, but the central characters - Hopwood's pregnant partner, also a police officer, and the tyro whose determination to prove himself has disastrous consequences - really stand out.

Aug 15 2008 | Read Full Review of In the Dark: A Novel

Book Reporter

status --- a police officer, but officially on leave --- to pursue.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of In the Dark: A Novel

The Bookbag

Billingham doesn't seem to work well in helping the reader visualise the characters, so they all seem quite faceless;

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of In the Dark: A Novel

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