Billingham, Mark In the Dark

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In the Dark

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A rainy night in south London. A gun is fired into a car which swerves on to the pavement, killing the person standing at a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost an innocent victim their life. But the reality is far more sinister...

One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger; an ageing gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. Two weeks away from giving birth, how will she deal with a world where death is an occupational hazard?

In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come.

Mark Billingham's first standalone thriller is his most powerful novel yet. Gritty, fierce and moving, it is a must-read for anyone who likes their crime fiction unflinching...and unforgettable.

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A rainy night in London. Shots are fired into a car which swerves on to the pavement, ploughing into a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost an innocent victim their life. But the reality is far more sinister...

One life is wiped out and three more are changed forever: the young man whose finger was on the trigger; an ageing gangster planning a deadly revenge, and the pregnant woman who struggles desperately to uncover the truth. Two weeks away from giving birth, how will she deal with a world where death is an occupational hazard?

In a city where violence can be random or meticulously planned, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals and where loyalty is paid for in blood, anything is possible. Secrets are uncovered as fast as bodies, and the story's final twist is as breathtakingly surprising as they come.

Review:

'In The Dark is not only a top-notch mystery and a convincing portrait of crack-dealing on south London estates but a moving exploration of grief. Many so-called literary novels achieve far less and are by no means as impressive.' -- Evening Standard

'A contemporary tragedy whose characters could have come straight from today's newspaper headlines. Billingham's depiction of the daily lives of the youthful gang members, especially the boy who fired the gun, is believable and utterly depressing and he produces an astonishing final twist to complete his most ambitious and most accomplished book' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Among the author's most thought-provoking work...after In The Dark, many readers will be hoping that Billingham chooses to air his ideas in this way again.' -- Daily Express

`A story with a twist that I guarantee even veteran crime fiction afficionados won't see coming'
-- Evening Herald Dublin

`Just because Billingham doesn't rely here on the cunning of his long-serving DI, Tom Thorne, for the leg work, it doesn't mean that the plot is not stuffed with some fancy twists and turns. In fact, the departure has clearly given Billingham a shot in the arm... In The Dark is edgy, pacy and frighteningly plausible.' -- The Mirror

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