The Killing Habit
'One of the great series of British crime fiction' The Times From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting; unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case. How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill? We've all heard about the signs: coldness; cruelty; lack of empathy. DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of a psychopath all too well; so when pets start disappearing on suburban London streets; he sees a chance to stop a future murderer. Others are less convinced; so Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case; before the culprit starts hunting people. The journey brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart.
It's only ten days since Douglas Remfry's release from prison; having served seven years for rape; and now he's dead: naked on a bare mattress in a grubby north London hotel room; his head hooded and his hands tied with a brown leather belt. Someone knew he was coming out. Someone wanted to mete out some punishment of his own. And when a second sex offender is found dead; DI Tom Thorne knows he has a vicious; calculating vigilante on his hands...
The classic first novel from Mark Billingham introduces DI Tom Thorne in a unforgettable and terrifying case that changed crime fiction forever. 'A terrifically stylish debut novel' Independent on SundayAlison Willetts has survived a stroke; deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see; hear and feel but she is completely unable to move or communicate. In leaving Alison Willetts alive; the police believe the killer's made his first mistake. Then DI Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth: it isn't Alison who is the mistake; it's the three women already dead. Thorne must find a killer whose agenda is disturbingly unique; and Alison; the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity; is unable to say anything.
TWO WOMEN DEAD It was a vicious; calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at Euston station; followed her home on the tube; strangled her to death in front of her child. At the same time; killed in the same way; a second body is discovered at the back of King's Cross station. And this grisly event eerily echoes the murder of two other women; stabbed to death months before on the same day. TWO KILLERS WORKING TOGETHERIt is DI Tom Thorne who sees the link and comes to the horrifying conclusion. This is not a serial killer the police are up against. This is two of them - and two killers are way more deadly than one . . .
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