Cry Baby: A Tom Thorne Novel
The latest thriller from internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham takes us back to the origins of Tom Thorne.
In the summer of 1996, two boys run from a playground into the adjoining woods, but only one comes out. DS Tom Thorne takes on a case that quickly spirals out of control when two people connected with the missing boy are murdered. As London prepares to host the European Soccer Championships, Thorne fights to keep on top of a baffling investigation while also dealing with the ugly fallout of his broken marriage.
A prequel to Billingham's acclaimed debut Sleepyhead--which the Times voted "one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade"--this compelling novel highlights the case that shaped the career of one of British crime fiction's most iconic characters.
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"A fantastic thriller, combining a gripping plot and lead characters of remarkable depth...Readers who grab this one but aren't familiar with its predecessors will be seeking them out. A series to savor." --Booklist (starred review), on Their Little Secret
"The twisted plot unfolds gradually, with a maximum of suspense. Billingham never strains credulity in this thoughtful page-turner."--Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Their Little Secret
"Morse, Rebus, and now Thorne. The next superstar detective is already with us--don't miss him."--Lee Child
"Billingham is a world-class writer and Tom Thorne is a wonderful creation. Rush to read these books."--Karin Slaughter
"With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don't want to leave."--Michael Connelly
"Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre."--George Pelecanos