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The Demands

Hardcover, 6/12/12

ISBN 978-0-316-12663-2

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“Ingeniously constructed…this great novel should put Billingham in the same league as Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, John Harvey and Denise Mina. A breakthrough novel.”–Kirkus (starred review)

The Crime The customers in a London convenience store are taken captive. Among them is young mother, Detective Helen Weeks. She is told her life depends on the co-operation of one of her colleagues – detective Tom Thorne.

The Demand 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.

The Twist What Thorne discovers will upend everything he thought he knew about the fate of those he’s put away…but will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of a grieving and potentially violent father?

“A tightly plotted and suspenseful thriller sure to please fans of the genre.”–Library Journal

Praise for Mark Billingham:

“One of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today.” — Gillian Flynn

“With each of his books, Mark Billingham gets better and better. These are stories and characters you don’t want to leave.” — Michael Connelly

“Tom Thorne is the new superstar detective…Mark Billingham is the new-wave leader of crime fiction.” — Lee Child

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