In the Dark

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In the Dark

Format:  Paperback,

419 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9780061432767

ISBN-10: 0061432768

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On a rainy city night, a handgun is fired at random. A struck car swerves and plows into a bus stop, killing an unsuspecting bystander. In an explosive instant, a cold-blooded gang initiation ends one life and forever changes three others: the desperate teenager who pulled the trigger . . . a policewoman on maternity leave . . . and an aging gangster plotting a terrifying revenge.

The truth about the shocking incident will tie them all together in a lethal blood knot. And nothing is what it seems.

In the Dark is the most powerful and unflinching crime novel yet from the remarkable Mark Billingham--a gripping journey into the modern urban darkness where violence is both indiscriminate and meticulously planned, and youth gangs take on established criminals for rule of the streets.

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Author:
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061432767
ISBN-10: 0061432768
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 419
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.26 x 1.18 x 6.84

About the author

Biography of Billingham, Mark

Mark Billingham was born in Birmingham, England on July 2, 1961. He worked as an actor, a TV writer, and stand-up comedian before writing his first novel, Sleepyhead, which was published in 2001. His other works include the Tom Thorne series, In the Dark, and the Triskellion series, which he writes under the pseudonym Will Peterson.

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Review by Library Journal (2008-10-15)

Billingham's (Death Message; Buried) first stand-alone thriller is aptly titled, as both readers and characters are in the dark through most of the story. The novel revolves around an incident that takes place one dark London night when a gang initiation gone wrong results in the death of a police officer. His wife, Helen, nine months pregnant and also a police officer, discovers some strange things in his effects and begins to poke around in his recent work, which leads her to fear she didn't know her husband well at all.

Meanwhile, the gang responsible for the death is being gunned down in its South London territory, and neither the police nor the gang knows who is responsible. Billingham writes sensitively and sympathetically about both the pregnant wife and the gang initiate while keeping the tension high with suspenseful plot twists. Readers of the genre will enjoy this somber and clever mystery.

-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Crime Writers' Association Awards, 2009 (United Kingdom)

Book description

On a rainy city night, a handgun is fired at random. A struck car swerves and plows into a bus stop, killing an unsuspecting bystander. In an explosive instant, a cold-blooded gang initiation ends one life and forever changes three others: the desperate teenager who pulled the trigger... a policewoman on maternity leave... and an aging gangster plotting a terrifying revenge.

The truth about the shocking incident will tie them all together in a lethal blood knot. And nothing is what it seems.

In the Dark is the most powerful and unflinching crime novel yet from the remarkable Mark Billingham—a gripping journey into the modern urban darkness where violence is both indiscriminate and meticulously planned, and youth gangs take on established criminals for rule of the streets.

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