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Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/05/2013


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Audio CD ISBN:9781622312870
Digital Download ISBN:9781622312887


Mark Billingham’s arresting debut novel Sleepyhead, an international bestseller, is a mesmerizing, psychological thriller. Tense and unnerving, this menacing tale of obsession is as scathingly witty as it is bone chilling, and it introduces a stunning new talent in detective fiction.

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Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel and is aware of everything going on around her, but is completely unable to move or communicate. Her condition is called Locked-In Syndrome. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer made his first mistake.

Then D.I. Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth; it isn’t Alison who is the mistake, it’s the three women already dead. “An appropriate margin of error” is how their killer dismisses them, and Thorne knows they are unlikely to be the last. For the killer is smart, and he’s getting his kicks out of toying with Thorne as much as he is pursuing his sick fantasy. Thorne knows immediately he’s not going to catch the killer with simple procedure. But with little more than gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to damn his chief suspect, anesthetist Jeremy Bishop, his pursuit of him is soon bordering on the unprofessional. Especially considering his involvement with Anne Coburn, Alison’s doctor and Jeremy’s close friend.


“Simon Prebble’s assured narration is mesmerizing and sure to keep listeners riveted. This excellent British police procedural with an original premise is a must for fans of the genre.”
      —Library Journal [starred review]

“Intense to the very end, Sleepyhead will captivate fans of the genre!”
      —Wisconsin Bookwatch

“Who would have thought a stand-up comedian could write a British police procedural as good as those produced by crime queens Elizabeth George and Ruth Rendell?”
      —USA Today

“Brilliantly conceived and superbly plotted, with complex characters, deft twists, and an ending that’s both shocking and oppressive. A must-read.”
      —Booklist [HC starred review]

“Billingham’s flawless plotting and the steadily increasing sense of fear combine to make this one of the best debut novels of the year. Going from 0 to 60 in record time, his next book is on my must read list.”
      —The Rocky Mountain News (Grade: A)

“A new twist to the twisted mind of a psychopath—an exciting debut novel.”
      —Baltimore Sun

“Billingham’s turn as a novelist might be his most successful career move.”
      —Pittsburg Tribune-Review

“A sensational debut.”
      —Toronto Globe & Mail

“An assured chiller. Disturbing and thrilling . . . with memorable characters and bundles of atmosphere. Britain now has its own forensic crime maestro.”
      —The Guardian

“A terrifically stylish debut novel.”
      —The Independent On Sunday

“There’s not much you can fault Sleepyhead on. Disturbingly original.”
      —Time Out (UK)

A brilliantly dark and different new crime novel.”
      —Manchester Evening News

“After reading only the first few pages of Sleepyhead I had my first nightmare in years. I woke up in the early hours shaking and sweating. . . .”
      —Birmingham Post

Sleepyhead is the kind of novel that has you checking the locks and shutting the windows.”
      —Ireland On Sunday

“With Sleepyhead, Billingham leaps to the upper echelons of British crime fiction in a single bound.”
      —John Harvey, author of the Resnick series

“Don’t make any plans for the weekend when you buy it—because you won’t be leaving the house until it’s finished.”

“Ideal for those who like big goosebumps to go with their glowing tans.”
      —Elle (UK)

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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