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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

From the Dead

by Mark Billingham

In the ninth Tom Thorne novel, never before published in the United States, Thorne investigates a troubling case of conspiracy—a wife who arranges to have her husband murdered.

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 416
  • Publication Date February 10, 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-2291-9
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00
  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Publication Date January 07, 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-9288-2
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

In the gripping 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 fiber 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?

Praise

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

“A chillingly clever criminal boosts this intelligent procedural.” —Publishers Weekly

“Mark Billingham is a first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country. . . . [From the Dead is] a good crime story, but in time the reader may realize that at another level the novel is about the complexities and pitfalls of love.” —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

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

“A nice mix of police procedure and chatty scenes, and some nice scenery.” —Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer

“Once again, the author 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.” —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 nice mix of police procedure and chatty scenes, and some nice scenery.” —Salem Macknee, Charlotte Observer

“Mark Billingham is a first-rate British crime writer who is too little known in this country . . . [From the Dead is] a good crime story, but in time the reader may realize that at another level the novel is about the complexities and pitfalls of love.” —Washington Post

“Once again, the author 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.” —The Midwest Book Review