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Sleepyhead

Author: Mark Billingham
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel; she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. It's called Locked-In Syndrome. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake." "Then DI  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Mystery fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Billingham
ISBN: 0316856975 9780316856973 0316856967 9780316856966
OCLC Number: 46847521
Awards: Shortlisted for WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award 2002.
Shortlisted for WH Smith Thumping Good Read Book Award 2002.
Description: 343 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Mark Billingham.
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He doesn't want you alive. He doesn't want you dead. He wants you somewhere in between. DI Thorne is after a murderer who didn't mean to murder; someone who wants to put people into a state where  Read more...

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"Night, night sleepyhead" - a soothing reminder of childhood bedtime. But not here. Here, it is the prelude to an unspeakable horror which, if the perpetrator gets it right, leaves the victim alive Read more...

 
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