Mark Billingham

United Kingdom

Before becoming a noted crime writer, Mark Billingham worked as an actor, a television writer and a stand-up comedian. His books Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into popular television shows and all of his novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne have appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list. DI Thorne returns this year in Love Like Blood, in which he helps another detective whose partner has been murdered, possibly due to the cold-case honour killings she has been investigating.