Our July 2020 book of the month is:

Cry Baby, by Mark Billingham

We are so excited to share the news that Cry Baby by Mark Billingham is our July pick for the HIF Book Of the Month!

The twentieth novel by Sunday Times number one bestseller Mark Billingham is a thrilling treat for fans and new readers alike – a prequel to his landmark, massively influential debut novel, Sleepyhead. So whether this is your first, or twentieth Mark Billingham read, it’s the perfect book to pick up this month.

About The Book:

‘Cry Baby is the perfect prequel to send us back to revel in Tom Thorne’s twenty years. As if we needed reminding how good Mark Billingham is’ Val McDermid

It’s 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow.

So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot.

The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne’s sights.

This case will be the making of him… or the breaking.

The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham’s acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction’s most iconic detectives.

About The Author:

Mark Billingham is part of a very select group as he has twice won the most wanted award in crime fiction: the Theakston Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year award. He has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer.

Each of Mark’s novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.

Cry Baby is his hotly anticipated 20th novel, and is a prequel to his landmark first novel Sleepyhead, which has sold 700,000 copies from the UK alone.

Don’t forget to join Mark online as part of our HIF Weekender, from 23-26th July as we take the Festival digital.

Author, Mark Billingham

Get The Book: 

Pre-order the book now, ready for it’s release on 23rd July.

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Praise for Mark Billingham:

‘Tom Thorne is one of the most credible and engaging heroes in contemporary crime fiction. Mark Billingham is a master of psychology, plotting and the contemporary scene… Twenty years in and better than ever.’ Ian Rankin

‘Billingham is always a must read’ Harlan Coben

‘Mark Billingham is one of the biggest names in crime fiction and one of the genre’s most formidable talents.’ Peter James