Grove Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

The Last Dance

The First Detective Miller Novel

by Mark Billingham

The first new series in two decades from multi-award-winning international bestseller Mark Billingham that introduces Detective Miller: a man who’s unique, unconventional, and criminally underestimated

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 416
  • Publication Date July 23, 2024
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6339-4
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $18.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 400
  • Publication Date July 04, 2023
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6194-9
  • Dimensions 6" x 9"
  • US List Price $28.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date July 04, 2023
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-6195-6
  • US List Price $28.00

Maverick sleuth Declan Miller is back at work following the murder of his wife (and amateur ballroom dancing partner) Alex. Working with new partner and heavy metal enthusiast DS Sara Xiu, he is tasked with investigating the double killing of gangland family scion Adrian Cutler and IT consultant Barry Shepherd at the Sands Hotel. Initial evidence suggests a hired gun and a botched job. The search for the hitman begins and Miller begins to reconnect with his old network—his ballroom dancing friends, homeless informant Finn, and even the ghost of his wife who keeps showing up in his kitchen. The fact Alex had been investigating the Cutler family prior to her death complicates things, and as Miller gets closer to the truth, he realizes the danger is walking right up to his doorstep…

Praise for The Last Dance:

“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