The Last Dance: The First Detective Miller Novel


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$28.00  $26.04
Atlantic Monthly Press
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5.91 X 9.06 X 1.57 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and also won the Sherlock Award for Best Detective Created by a British Author. His books, which include the critically acclaimed Tom Thorne series, have been translated into twenty-five languages and have sold over four million copies. He lives in London.


Praise for The Last Dance:

"Billingham's Tom Thorne series set the bar very high indeed, but The Last Dance is well up to standard--funny, moving and expertly plotted."--The Guardian

"Billingham has plotted the book brilliantly and will keep even the most astute mystery reader baffled until the finale. . . There are plot twists galore here, and at least one of the cases will remain unsolved, leaving the door wide open for additional entries in the series. I just love Declan Miller and cannot wait to spend more time with him."--Bookreporter

"[T]he launch of an intriguing series that melds humor with a hard-edged police procedural--and that also explores grief's vagaries. Billingham's brisk plotting and in-depth character studies elevate The Last Dance. Declan's grief over his wife is palpable, and he uses humor as his way to manage his emotions. . . Declan and Sara make a formidable team, despite their differences, especially in music. Readers will be eager to welcome Declan back."--Shelf Awareness

"A deftly crafted and original novel . . . A fun read from start to finish, The Last Dance will have a very special appeal for fans of organized crime thriller, 'whodunnit' murder mysteries, and detective stories with a bit of the supernatural thrown in. . . [H]ighly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections."--Midwest Book Review

"Billingham launches a cracking new mystery series featuring the charming, sarcastic British Det. Sgt. Declan Miller. . . Billingham imbues Miller with a brilliant sense of humor and populates the margins of this well-paced mystery with lovable, fully fleshed characters whom readers will adore. This is the author at his best."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Detective Sergeant Miller personifies the duality of comedy and tragedy within, all delivered with a cynical wit. . . VERDICT: Exuberant, apposite, and very amusing, Miller's wit and his observations about modern life and policing will delight new fans."--Library Journal

"A gritty, engaging novel that balances light with dark, offering wit and wisdom in equal measure. Billingham's new lead detective, DS Miller, may not be able to dance, but he never misses a step when it comes to solving crime. "--Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

"Readers rejoice! A captivating new series from Mark Billingham--the very best in the business."--Richard Osman, #1 bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club

"Brimming with wit, expertly paced, and wholly enjoyable--The Last Dance is a showcase of Billingham's exceptionally gifted storytelling. Mark Billingham is at his best!" --Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of the Will Trent series

"Hard-headed yet big-hearted, DS Declan Miller will have you on the edge of your seat--screaming with laughter one moment and surprise the next. Billingham blends caustic humor, raw emotion and rollercoaster thrills. His new series is bursting with wit, charm and intriguing, complex characters. Save The Last Dance for when you want a fast, fresh and totally absorbing read."--Janice Hallett, bestselling author of The Appeal

"Funny, moving, and full of surprises, The Last Dance will delight Mark Billingham's old readers, and have new ones flocking to him in droves. An absolute treat."--Mick Herron, #1 bestselling author of Slow Horses

Praise for Mark Billingham:

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

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

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

"Billingham is one of the best crime novelists working today." --Laura Lippman

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

"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's Detective Inspector Tom Thorne books are consistently excellent: easily some of the best police procedurals in print, with a complicated lead sleuth at their heart."--BookPage