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Mark Billingham was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001.

Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK. It has been sold widely throughout the world and was published in the USA in the summer of 2002.

Though still occasionally working as a stand-up comic, Mark now concentrates on writing the series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne. The second novel, Scaredy Cat was published in July 2002 and was followed by Lazybones, The Burning Girl, Lifeless, Buried and Death Message.

The newest novel, a standalone thriller called In The Dark was published in August 2008.

Mark is at work on the next Tom Thorne novel called Blood Line.

Triskellion, part of a trilogy of thrillers for children, written under the pseudonym Will Peterson, appeared in Feb 2008.

Mark lives in North London with his wife and two children.



Sleepyhead (Little, Brown & Company [Aug 2001]) ISBN 0316856975
William Morrow US [Jul 2002] ISBN 0-06-621299-5

Scaredy Cat (Little, Brown & Company [Jul 2002]) ISBN 0316859540
Time Warner UK [Nov 2002] ISBN 0-356-23206-9William Morrow US [Jun 2003] ISBN 0-06-621300-2

Lazybones (Little, Brown & Company [Jul 2003]) ISBN 0316724939 ; ISBN 0-316-72494-7
William Morrow US (Jun 2004) ISBN 0-06-056085-1

The Burning Girl (Little, Brown & Company [Jul 2004]) ISBN 0316725749
William Morrow US (Jun 2005) ISBN 0-06-074526-6

Lifeless (Little, Brown & Company [May 2005]) ISBN 0316727520
William Morrow US [Sep 2006] ISBN 0-06-084166-4

Buried (Little, Brown & Company [May 2006]) ISBN 0316730505
Orbit [May 2006] ISBN 0-356-24410-5
(HarperCollins (Aug 2007)) ISBN 0061255696

Death Message (Little, Brown & Company [Aug 2007]) ISBN 0316730521

The Life Thief (2009)

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