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Scaredy Cat

Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/05/2013

Scaredy Cat

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622312900
Digital Download ISBN:9781622312917


Billingham’s debut, Sleepyhead. featured what USA Today called among “the creepiest serial killers to be found between the pages of a book.” But Billingham manages to up the ante with Scaredy Cat, where killing becomes a team sport. . . .

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It was a vicious, calculated murder. The killer selected his victim at London's 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. It is a grisly coincidence that eerily echoes the murder of two other women, stabbed to death months before on the same day.

It is Detective Inspector Tom Thorne who sees the link and comes to a horrifying conclusion. This is not a serial killer that the police are up against. This is two of them. Finding the body used to be the worst part of the job, but not any more. Now each time a body is found, Thorne must live with the knowledge that somewhere out there is a second victim, waiting to be discovered. But whilst the methods might be the same, the manner of the killings is strikingly different. Thorne comes to realize that he is hunting two very different killers. One is ruthless and in control, while his partner in crime is submissive, compliant, terrified.

Thorne must catch a man whose need to manipulate is as great as his need to kill, a man who will threaten those closest to Thorne himself, a man who will show him that the ability to inspire terror is the deadliest weapon of all.


“Billingham does a masterly job of creating his characters. . . . Narrator Simon Prebble gives an electric performance that is excellently paced. Mystery fans who like complex plotting, detailed character development, and realistic psychological suspense will relish this title.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

Scaredy Cat, narrated by the always-spot-on Simon Prebble, . . . is a great way to get to know the thorny, edgy, driven detective.”

“A plethora of pleasures in these pages.”
      —USA Today

“Like the best of British and American crime writing rolled up together and delivered with the kind of punch you don’t see coming.”
      —Lee Child

Scaredy Cat is an incredibly satisfying and engaging thriller.”
      —Karin Slaughter

“Mr. Billingham has created a story as frightening as it is riveting. Pushing the English police procedural to another level.”
      —Dallas Morning News

“Heady psychological suspense runs through the hip, flawlessly plotted Scaredy Cat. Mark Billingham again creates a contemporary twilight zone that feels all too real.”
      —Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Readers who like a powerful police procedural with strong characters, will want to read this superb tale. This is a winner.”
      —Midwest Book Review

“These are frightening and starkly graphic thrillers that you won’t easily forget. Grade A.”
      —Rocky Mountain News

“One of the best books of the year. Don’t miss it.”
      —Toronto Globe and Mail

“Billingham confirms his promise, and delivers an assured and shocking thriller.”
      —The Guardian

“An incredibly dark, brilliant thriller.”
      —London Evening Standard

“Billingham manipulates his readers as relentlessly as the murderer manipulates both his surrogate in crime, and the police.”
      —The Scotsman

“Billingham has a chilling talent. Right up there with [England’s] dark masters such as Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.”
      —Daily Mirror

Author Bio

MARK BILLINGHAM has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel and also a Sherlock Award for Best Detective created by a British writer. Before becoming a bestselling crime thriller writer, he worked as an actor, television writer, and stand-up comedian. He lives in London with this wife and two children.

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