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Cry Baby by Mark Billingham

Cry Baby

Mark Billingham

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2 reviews

Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 23 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781408712412

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

5 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
14 Jul 2020

"... Cry Baby works as a way into the series for sure, but it’s even more entertaining for us old aficionados to see the origin story of Billingham’s hero"

What a treat. This is a prequel to Billingham’s excellent and long-running crime series, showing his protagonist Tom Thorne as a young detective sergeant in 1996, haunted by a horrific crime he couldn’t prevent, and desperate to find a seven-year-old boy who has just gone missing. ... Cry Baby works as a way into the series for sure, but it’s even more entertaining for us old aficionados to see the origin story of Billingham’s hero, watching him become the man who would make his debut in Sleepyhead.

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4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
11 Jul 2020

"As always, Billingham’s sense of place — in this case “the grim, grey ribbon of the Holloway Road” — is palpable"

Although billed as a prequel to SleepyheadCry Baby has nothing to do with the events described in Thorne’s debut. It concerns the abduction of a seven-year-old boy from Highgate Wood in north London that soon leads to the murder of a grown-up. Billingham has never underplayed the distress of the victims of crime; Thorne’s dealings with the boy’s mother are one of the highlights of the novel.

As always, Billingham’s sense of place — in this case “the grim, grey ribbon of the Holloway Road” — is palpable. The tense, double-edged, ending shows he has become one of Britain’s best crime writers.