Fiction

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

  • Agatha Christie Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007962266 - Agatha Christie
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    Agatha Christie
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    With the drama starring Kim Cattrall, Billy Howle, Toby Jones and Andrea Riseborough set to be a highlight of the BBC's Christmas viewing, this collection features Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution and many other short stories and novels.

    The Witness for the Prosecution will take you back to the 1920s when a shocking murder has stained the carpets of a London townhouse. The victim is a very rich older woman called Emily French and all the evidence is pointing to Leonard Vole, a young chancer who was due to inherit the heiress' fortune. Or, at least, this is what Emily's housekeeper is claiming in court...

    One of the world's favourite mystery writers, this tale is joined by 11 other short stories (including the exclusive Poirot and the Regatta Mystery) and four Hercule Poirot novels.
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    Rebecca Tope
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    Rebecca Tope's latest novel about house-sitter Thea Osborne finds the sleuthing extraordinaire in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. She's happily going about creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, as requested by her son, Richard, after she has been moved into a care home but then disaster strikes - Richard has been found dead in a barn!

    Thea and Richard's fiance, Drew Slocombe, struggle to give any answers to his family's questions. Thea knows the Wilshires have ta chequered past so can't resist snooping around. Was his death suicide? Or could it be something more sinister?

    The clues are not helpful and this starts to put a strain on Drew and Thea's relationship, especially when it becomes clear neither will give up until the truth is revealed.
  • Mary Higgins Clark Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781471163005
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    Mary Higgins Clark is one of the world's best-loved thriller writers. Her books sell in their millions and are full of twists and turns that keep readers on tenterhooks and sleeping with the lights on. This five-book collection is sure to keep you reading long into the night.

    Daddy's Gone A-Hunting finds Hannah Connelly plunged into a nightmare when her family's business is devastated by a huge fire. Could it have been the result of arson? And just what was Hannah's high-flying accountant sister doing in the building in the middle of the night... I've Got You Under My Skin has Laurie Morgan dealing with murder once more as she produces a true-crime, cold-case TV show. As survivors of a 21-year-old murder open up, shocking secrets are unveiled. Laurie also appears in The Cinderella Murder, which finds the show investigating a case of murder where nothing quite adds up...

    The Lost Years features Mariah uncovering the true motive behind her father's death. Could it be something to do with the highly valuable 15th century artefact that fell into his possession? I'll Walk Alone is a spine-tingling story finds the mother of a kidnapped son having her identity stolen.
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    Lynda La Plante
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    Head back to the 1970s and follow Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison as she transfers to CID in Lynda La Plante's Hidden Killers. The sequel to last year's Tennison, this is equally compelling and brutal.

    Tennison is young and inexperienced and learns the hard way never to take anyone - or anything - at face value. She's working as a decoy prostitute in the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. When she succeeds in doing this, she's commended for her bravery and moves to Bow Street Station as Detective. Her first call-out is treated as a non-suspicious death, but Tennison isn't so sure.

    Despite being entirely different circumstances, this case starts to interweave with the evidence against her assailant and Tennison is sure there is more to both these cases than meets the eye...
  • John Buchan Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781846973901
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    An influence on everyone from Ian Fleming to Alfred Hitchcock, John Buchan's Richard Hannay thrillers are among the most popular adventures ever written and this collection gives you the chance to enjoy four of his most rip-roaring books - including The Thirty-Nine Steps.

    In this famous book, Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is bored of life when he hears of an assassination plot by someone who is promptly murdered in his flat. Hannay becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads to his native Scotland to flee the police and his enemies - but he will have to keep his wits about him if he is to warn the government before it's too late.

    This collection also finds Hannay tasked with a secret mission to catch a dangerous German agent who is at large in Britain; finding his children being held hostage by a kidnapper who may have something to do with a popular member of parliament; and being asked by an old acquaintance from Africa to resolve a 30-year feud.
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    Elly Griffiths
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    There's an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb... the stakes are higher than ever for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto in the latest book in Elly Griffiths' hit series.

    Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card...
    With a wartime connection and a suggestion of magic, the duo make it their mission to solve this case. However, this means Edgar's investigation into the death of a Brighton fortune-teller is put on hold and Max is busy rehearsing for his television debut. Therefore, it's Edgar who heads to New York to track down a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key to the whole situation.

    Sergeant Emma Holmes is also on the case and she finds a clue buried in the files of the Zabini case. This sparks off another issue - there's a group hell-bent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Will our heroes be able to foil the plot?
  • Stubo & Vik Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786492449 - Anne Holt
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    Anne Holt
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    Anne Holt is one of the queens of Scandinavian crime writing and has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. This three-book collection will introduce you to her detective characters, Adam Stubo and Johanne Vik.

    Punishment is the duo's first case and it finds them in pursuit of a killer who is on the loose. Three children have been abducted and two bodies have been returned to their mothers with a horrific note: 'You Got What You Deserved'. Police Superintendent Adam Stubo is put in charge of the investigation and is convinced he's overlooking a crucial detail. He recruits legal researcher Johanne Vik - who has an extensive understanding of criminal history - to help him solve this horrifying case.

    The Final Murder finds a TV talk-show star being murdered in her own home. Her tongue has been removed and left near to her body. A second body is also found crucified soon after and more killings are to be expected; Death in Oslo finds the US president being abducted while on a state visit to Norway...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Anne Holt's Vik/Stubo series.
  • British Library: Crime Classics Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780712356817
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    Cosy crime of the highest calibre, these five captivating novels come direct from the British Library.

    Death of an Airman is an unorthodox whodunnit that will have you guessing the whole way through. An aeroplane crashes and its pilot dies, although Edwin Marriott, the Bishop of Cootamundra in Australia is not convinced... he teams up with Inspector Bray of Scotland Yard and together they uncover a cunning criminal scheme.

    The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts finds Dr. Earle disappearing from his cottage in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Inspector French is called to investigate and at first thinks is's a simple domestic case, but soon he uncovers a web of romantic entanglement and deceit.

    There's also a killing in a Scottish castle in Murder of a Lady; a hunting party ending in sinister fashion in Thirteen Guests; and a cross-country chase by train and taxi in pursuit of a serial killer in The Z Murders.
  • Midsomer Murders Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472246448 - Caroline Graham
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    Caroline Graham
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    Described as 'simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie', this collection features five Midsomer Murders mysteries by the incredibly talented Caroline Graham.

    The inspiration for the hit ITV series, each book even comes with a foreword from actor John Nettles - DCI Barnaby himself. The Killings at Badger's Drift finds kindly and well-liked spinster Miss Emily Simpson taking a gentle stroll in the woods in her tranquil village. While out and about, she sees something that she wasn't meant to and her peaceful existence is brought to an end. Her death may look natural but her old friend Miss Lucy Bellringer is unconvinced. She calls on Inspector Barnaby for help and a new side to Badger's Drift is revealed - one full of rivalries, relationships and scandals...

    A Place of Safety is a book that finds ex-vicar Lionel Lawrence opening up the old rectory to a stream of young offenders as he believes everyone deserves a second chance. However, this good deed spirals into a mix of blackmail and murder.

    Other murders and unlikely killings also occur and Inspector Barnaby has his work cut out to solve them all. These are page-turning whodunnits will keep you guessing right until the very last page.
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    Felix Francis
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    Felix Francis assisted his father Dick with both the research and writing of his novels in a father-and-son writing partnership and this new Dick Francis novel is sure to have you intrigued and captivated.

    Triple Crown focuses on Jeff Hinkley, a British horse racing authority investigator who has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA). The agency have asked him to find a mole who is passing on confidential information to fix races. As Jeff searches for answers, he ends up taking on an undercover role as a groom on the backstretch at Belmon Park racetrack in New York.

    It's while doing this that he finds himself stuck between FACSA and a selection of corrupt individuals, who will stop at nothing, including murder, to capture the Triple Crown - the most elusive and lucrative prize in the world.
  • Wallace of the Secret Service Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749020637 - Alexander Wilson
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    Espionage thrillers from the Golden Age of crime fiction, these books follow Sir Leonard Wallace as he attempts to crack all kinds of strange and compelling cases.

    The chief of the Secret Service, Wallace finds evidence of an anarchist organisation headed by a man called Ulyanov in Wallace at Bay. When his colleague, Carter, joins the anarchists to find out when they will strike, Wallace thinks success is on the cards - but then the tables are turned.

    Wallace Intervenes finds our hero discovering about the plight of a British agent who was sent to Germany but ended up falling in love with a baroness and facing a death penalty; and Chronicles of the Secret Service provides further adventures starring Wallace and his lieutenants Shannon and Cousins.

    This collection includes books 7-9 in Alexander Wilson's Wallace series.
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    Val McDermid
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    Val McDermid is an author often dubbed 'queen of the psychological thriller' and she created the hit ITV series, Wire in the Blood. This three-book collection stars the clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan who star in the show.

    In Fever of the Bone, Tony comes across his most twisted adversary yet, a killer with a shopping list of victims who is driven by the most perverted of desires; The Retribution finds the serial killer who has shaped Tony's life returning - and being more twisted and cunning than ever; and Cross and Burn finds someone brutally killing women who bare a resemblance to Carol Jordan. Tony and Carol will have to work together to find the murderer and save any further victims - including themselves.

    Gripping and chilling, these psychological thrillers will keep you reading late into the night.

    This collection includes books 6-8 in Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.
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    Andrea Camilleri
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    A Voice in the Night is the twentieth thrilling mystery in Andrea Camilleri's popular Inspector Montalbano series.

    As his birthday approaches, Inspector Montalbano is starting to feel his age. He decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way. His plans don't last long as just as he's getting into the case, he receives an angry phone call from a supermarket boss. There's been a robbery at his store and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect.

    On arrival at the scene, Montalbano quickly agrees that this was no ordinary break-in. As he tries to investigate, he finds the supermarket's links to the Mafia creating problems at every turn... meanwhile, the young driver he was looking into has also reported a shocking crime.
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    This riveting five-book collection provides you with the perfect introduction to the hugely popular thriller writer, Robert Goddard.

    In Pale Battalions is a book that follows Leonora Galloway as she sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. They head to the battlefields of WWI, where Leonora's father is commemorated, but the date of death is surprising and it indicates that Leonara's father was not who she thought. This is just the start of a series of revelations that spans three generations...

    Beyond Recall focuses on the estranged Chris Napier, as he is persuaded to return home for his niece's wedding. Once there, he notices his old childhood friend Nicky Lanyon. Shortly after, Nicky hangs himself and Chris has to visit a a tragedy that has loomed over him for 34 years; Out of the Sun finds Harry Barnett shocked to discover he has a son - a brilliant mathematician who is now languishing in a diabetic coma. And this is only the first mystery he'll encounter; Set in Stone has the grieving widower Tony Sheridan going to stay with his sister-in-law and her husband on a bizarre moated house in the countryside. Once there, he struggles with weird and vivid dreams...

    Finally, there's Dying to Tell, an intricate mystery about Lance Bradley, who is happily idling away his life in Somerset. But then he receives a call for help from the eccentric sister of his old friend Rupert Alder. It seems that Rupe has disappeared without a trace...

    Titles in this collection: In Pale Battalions
    Out of the Sun
    Set in Stone
    Dying to Tell
    Beyond Recall
  • Hamish Macbeth Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472126238 - M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton is one of Book People's most popular authors and her cosy crime novels are just perfect for delving into every evening. One of her most famous characters, the Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth, features in these five marvellous mysteries.

    In Death of a Nag, things are not going well for the village bobby. He's been unfairly demoted and has suffered yet another romantic disappointment. To get away from it all, he decides to take a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag. But this being Hamish, things don't go to plan and, of course, there's a murder nearby...

    This collection also includes Death of a Macho Man, a book that finds Hamish himself at the centre of a murder investigation; Death of a Dentist, which sees a queue of angry husbands in the frame for murder; Death of a Scriptwriter which has an author accused of killing someone who has adapted - and changed - her beloved work; and Death of an Addict with its recovering addict turning up dead, 'apparently' from a drug overdose...

    This collection contains books 11-15 in M.C. Beatons' Hamish Macbeth Mysteries series.
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    Lee Weeks
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    Cold Killers - the latest book from Lee Weeks, author of Frozen Grave - is a novel that asks if a heated East End feud can really lead to murder...

    When Eddie Butcher, a member of a notorious East End family, is tortured and brutally murdered while visiting London, DI Carter and DS Willis's suspicions are raised by his extravagant funeral. Eddie's violent brother, Tony, is under house arrest in Spain but still tries to make an appearance. Wanted for robbery, drug trafficking and murder, the police wonder if he would kill his own family to maintain his power?

    Meanwhile, Carter is holding a secret - and it's that the Butcher's family's history is personal to him. He's willing to bend the rules to finally catch Tony...

    For fans of Martina Cole, this is a darkly riveting read full of familiar locations and some unforgettable twists. You'll be sleeping with the lights on after finishing it...
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    Peter May
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    A bestselling series from acclaimed crime writer Peter May (the author of the Lewis trilogy and Coffin Road), this five-book collection gives you the chance to catch up on all the Enzo Macleod investigations before the publication of the final novel in the new year.

    The first book in the series, Extraordinary People finds the ex-forensic scientist being called in to offer his nous to solve the 10-year-old case of a missing Frenchman. Armed with modern technology and a total disregard for the justice system, he unearths dark clues in the catacombs below the city that will draw him closer to the killer.

    Throughout the other books, he looks into the murder of a celebrated wine critic; finds himself diagnosed with a terminal illness and being framed for murder; investigates a murder off the coast of Brittany; and looks into the shooting of one of France's most celebrated chefs.

    Gritty crime at its finest, these books are full of twists and will give you chills.

    This collection includes books 1-5 in Peter May's Enzo Macleod series.
  • Nicci French Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781405930451
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    This compelling collection features four thrillers from Nicci French that are full of dark twists and turns.

    Killing Me Softly follows Alice Loudon as she escapes her old, safe life for a wild affair with rugged mountaineer, Adam Tallis. She knows Adam has a murky past but she can't resist his charms, and soon she's discovering things about herself she never suspected. But this sexual obsession has a dark side - and so does Adam. It's not long before Alice's life is in danger.

    Beneath the Skin is a psychological thriller all about three women who have nothing in common - except for the man who wants to kill them. This man is sending all the women letters full of intimate details and threatens to bring their lives to a violent and horrible end. But he claims he'll enjoy himself first... however, he's in for a shock when it emerges not all the women are as helpless as he thinks. The Red Room has psychologist Kit Quinn desperate to get straight back to work after being attacked by a prisoner. The police are after her help to link her attacker with a string of murders, but she refuses to accept the obvious...

    Samantha Laschen is a doctor specialising in post-traumatic stress disorder in The Safe House. She's moved to the coast to escape her problems and to be alone with her young daughter. But now the police want her to take in Fiona Mackenzie, a girl whose parents have been savagely murdered. By allowing Fiona in, Sam is exposing herself - and her daughter - to risks she couldn't possibly have imagined...
  • Margery Allingham Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784705619
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    This collection includes three murder mysteries starring Albert Campion from Margery Allingham, an author described as a 'shining light' by Agatha Christie.

    Death of a Ghost finds John Lafcadio's ambition to be known as one of the great painters not even being thwarted by something as trivial as his own death. He leaves his widow 12 sealed paintings and asks her to unveil a canvas each year to a carefully selected audience. Super sleuth Albert Campion is one of those invited to the latest unveiling, but then a fatal stabbing occurs...

    Look to the Lady has Val Gyrth finding himself the victim of a botched kidnapping attempt. He's surprised, but Campion isn't - he knows the Gyrth family are being targeted by a ruthless ring of thieves, but is there a supernatural force at work?; The Crime At Black Dudley has a suspicious death occurring in a mansion. Campion knows skulduggery is afoot but will the other guests be able to trust him and his quirky ways?

    J.K. Rowling has said that Margery Allingham is her favourite author from the Golden Age of crime writing and with these three books for one unbelievable Book People price, you'll be able to see why!
  • Agatha Raisin Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781472123619 - M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
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    Now the star of her own hit Sky TV series where she's played by Ashley Jensen, this bumper 20-book collection will introduce you to Agatha Raisin, one of Book People's most popular detectives. Written by M.C. Beaton, these are whodunnits that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

    Set in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, Agatha learns her trade; finds herself accused of poisoning a judge in the local quiche-making competition; has to deal with the fallout of the murder of her ex-husband's new wife; attempts to catch a killer when jam at the village fete is laced with poison; attempts to plan the perfect Christmas, while solving the murder of a woman who has written to her from beyond the grave; wakes up next to a curiously cold corpse; and cracks many more curious cases.

    Including her very first mystery The Quiche of Death, the first novel adapted into a television drama, alongside many more curious cases, this is a witty, quirky and endlessly charming collection for crime fans who prefer their murder mysteries with the blood and gore left out.

    This collection contains books 1-20 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series.
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    Alexander McCall Smith
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    It's always a delight to catch up with Alexander McCall Smith's beloved characters Precious and Grace - also known as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi - and the latest No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel is no exception.

    For years the two women have been helping people through various problems, but their latest case is testing their partnership. One of their clients wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana 30 years ago. But this quest soon takes them in different directions and both believe they're right - but what if they're actually both wrong?

    Mma Ramotswe is also having to deal with extracting the part-time assistant detective Mr. Polopetsi from a potential disaster, deal with a stray dog and deal with the agency's arch-enemy.

    As Precious and Grace's friendship is put under pressure during a sweltering summer in Botswana, the ladies must learn how to deal with the past they have to face the future.
  • Jason Bourne Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250571 - Eric Van Lustbader
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    Eric Van Lustbader
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    Jason Bourne will be back on the big screen this summer and if you want to read about more of his adventures, this collection will have you on tenterhooks.

    Featuring three of Eric Van Lustbader's novels that continue the story of Robert Ludlum's series, each book is full of twists and turns as the amnesiac spy finds himself in perilous situations. The Bourne Imperative finds Bourne pulling a drowning man from a lake who wakes up as amnesiac - a chilling reminder of Bourne's own past. It turns out this is the man that the Mossad agent Rebekah is willing to go off the grid to track down...

    The Bourne Retribution is an exhilarating story about a major Mexican drug lord that is trafficking something far more deadly. Mossad have no choice but to turn to Bourne, but are they aware he's got his own personal vendetta?; The Bourne Ascendancy has Bourne working as a 'blacksmith' - someone hired by high-level government ministers to impersonate them at meetings as they are afraid of assassination attempts. In one meeting, it turns out the gunmen are after Bourne himself - and now he's going to have to bow to a terrorist's demands that could have dire consequences for the whole world...

    This collection contains books 10, 11 and 12 in the Bourne series
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    William Shaw
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    The new book from William Shaw, the author of the Breen & Tozer series of crime novels, The Birdwatcher is a dark and disturbing novel about a policeman with a shameful secret.

    Police Sergeant William South is desperate to avoid being on a murder investigation. The reason being he is a murderer himself. His victim was a passionate birdwatcher who was also his only friend. Now, he's teamed up with newly recruited Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi to crack the case of a body found violently beaten inside a wooden chest.

    This discovery brings back memories for South and when they track down a suspect - Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland - he's horrified as the two knew each other in their youth. Could South's violent and aggressive past be catching up with him?

    Intelligently written and touching upon themes of grief, guilt and humanity, this is a gripping thriller that will shock and surprise you. You won't be able to put it down.
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    Jeffery Deaver
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    Jeffery Deaver - the master of suspense - returns with the twelfth book starring his brilliant paraplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme.

    When an escalator gives way mid-chase, Amelia Sachs is forced to let a killer escape as she helps the man trapped in the depths. Following this, she teams up with Rhyme to investigate if this collapse was a freak accident or planned. Could they be on the trail of a murderer who is a technical whizz and knows just what he needs to do to contribute to a fatal 'accident'?

    Dark and gripping, this is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and thinking until late into the night.