A thrilling stand-alone from the acclaimed author of the Tom Thorne series, Die of Shame centers on a murder in London and a therapy group for recovering addicts whose members must turn on each other to find the killer
Die of Shame
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-2525-5 • $26.00 • Cloth • June 2016
“Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today.”Gillian Flynn
From British thriller master Mark Billingham, a recent finalist for the Crime Writers’ Association's Dagger in the Library Award, awarded to a writer whose work has given “the most pleasure to readers,” Die of Shame is a chilling story of addiction, subterfuge, and murder.
Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about shame. A respected doctor, a well-heeled housewife, a young gay man . . . they could not be more different. All they have in common is a history of pain and addiction. When one member of the group is murdered, it quickly becomes apparent that someone else in the circle is responsible. The investigation is hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together, which makes things difficult for Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner, a woman who can appreciate the desire to keep personal matters private. If she is to find the killer, she will need to use less obvious means. The question is: What could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when secrets, lies, and denial are second nature to all of your suspects?