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Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.
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‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.

But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed – even at the risk of death…
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"Anthony Horowitz gets away with murder in all sorts of ways and emerges triumphant" – THE TIMES, Books of the Year
"This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire" - SUNDAY TIMES CRIME CLUB (STAR PICK)
"A crime story that keeps you up into the small hours… a page-turning mystery" - METRO
"One of the most creative writers in the country today" – JEREMY VINE
"Huge fun… It’s hard to know why anyone who loves a good mystery wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy the ride" – IRISH INDEPENDENT

Reviews

This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire

Sunday Times Crime Club, Star Pick

A crime story that keeps you up into the small hours… a page-turning mystery

Metro

Clever

Good Housekeeping

One of the most creative writers in the country today

Jeremy Vine

Anthony Horowitz gets away with murder in all sorts of ways and emerges triumphant

The Times, Books of the Year

Huge fun… It’s hard to know why anyone who loves a good mystery wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy the ride

Irish Independent

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781780897080

    October 29, 2018

    Century

    384 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Hardback

    9781780897097

    November 15, 2018

    Century

    384 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • Audio CD

    9781786140647

    December 15, 2018

    Audiobooks

    RRP $50.00

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  • EBook

    9781473539372

    November 29, 2018

    Cornerstone Digital

    384 pages

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Extract

1

Scene Twenty-seven

Usually, I enjoy visiting film sets. I love the excitement of seeing so many professional people working together – at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds – to create a vision that will have begun perhaps nine or ten months ago inside my head. I love being part of it all.

But this time it was different. I’d overslept and left home in a hurry. I couldn’t find my phone. I had the beginnings of a headache. Even as I got out of the car on that damp October morning, I knew that I’d made a mistake and that all in all I would have been better off staying in bed.

It was a big day. We were shooting one of the opening scenes in the seventh series of Foyle’s War – the first appearance of Sam Stewart, Foyle’s driver. Played by Honeysuckle Weeks, she had become a stalwart of the series and she was one of my favourite actors. When I wrote lines for her, I could always hear her saying them. The new season would find her married, out of the police force, working now for a nuclear scientist. I had decided to give her a big entrance and I wanted to be there to show my support.

This is what I had written.
 

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