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Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham. 2001 - Little,Brown & Co.. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham, published in 2001 by Little,Brown & Co..

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Title Sleepyhead
Author Mark Billingham
Publisher Little,Brown & Co.
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2001
ISBN 0316856975
Cover Price 9.99
No. Pages 343
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.64

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £9.99. It shows the incorrect name Jonathan Bishop (corrected in later editions).

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Mark Billingham

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 a year later by Lazybones.

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

Synopsis of this title

His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate . .

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; she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. It’s called Locked-In Syndrome. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's 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 procedure. But with little more than gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to damn his chief suspect, anaesthetist 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.

Thorne must find a man whose agenda is terrifyingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer’s identity, is unable to tell anybody. .

Sleepyhead is the first in a series of novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne.

It was published in the UK by Little, Brown in August 2001. It entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller list and became the biggest selling debut novel of that Summer.

Reviews of this title


'A terrifically stylish debut novel. It can only be a matter of time before Tom Thorne returns.' The Independent On Sunday

'Compelling.' The Daily Telegraph

'There's not much you can fault Sleepyhead on. Disturbingly original.' Time Out

'Sleepyhead is one of the finest first-novels I've read in a long while. Mark Billingham has brought a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension, and excitement to the genre and earned an instant seat at the top table of crime novelists. An exceptional debut.' George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain

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