The Demands
Mark Billingham
978-0-316-12663-2, $24.99

A grieving father makes a desperate last stand by taking hostages to redeem his family name. Distraught over the death of his son, Javed Akhtar takes the customers in his convenience store hostage. Among them is Detective Helen Weeks. He tells her he will let her go, but only if she brings him Detective Tom Thorne.

Akhtar is desperate to know what really happened to his beloved son, who died a year before in prison. He is convinced the death was not an accident and forces the one man who knows more about the case than any other, Thorne, to re-investigate.

What Thorne discovers will upend everything he thought he knew about the fate of those he’s put away… but will it be enough to fulfill the wishes of a grieving and potentially violent father?

About the author: Mark Billingham worked as an actor, a TV writer, and a stand-up comedian before becoming a critically acclaimed novelist. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.

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