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  • Published: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780553817492
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

The Chemistry of Death

(David Hunter 1)

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Terrifying suspense and chillingly authentic forensics come together in this stunning thriller from a frighteningly good British crime-writing talent.

Finding refuge in a quiet rural backwater, Dr David Hunter hoped he might at last have put the past behind him. But then they found what was left of Sally Palmer…
It isn’t just that she was a friend that disturbs him. Once he’d been a high-profile forensic anthropologist and all too familiar with the many faces of death, before tragedy made him abandon this previous life. Now the police want his help. But to become involved will stir up memories he’s long tried to forget. Then a second woman disappears, plunging the close-knit community into a maelstrom of fear and paranoia. And no one, not even Hunter, is exempt from suspicion.
Gruesome and gripping, this startling new British crime thriller has an unnerving and original twist.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780553817492
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Simon Beckett

Simon Beckett has worked as a freelance journalist for national newspapers and colour supplements. He is the author of five international bestselling crime thrillers featuring his forensic anthropologist hero, Dr David Hunter: The Chemistry of Death, Written in Bone, Whispers of the Dead, The Calling of the Grave and The Restless Dead. His stand-alone novels include Stone Bruises and Where There's Smoke. He lives in Sheffield.

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Praise for The Chemistry of Death

“The best thriller I've read all year...fast-paced, fascinating and heart-stoppingly exciting”


“Spine-tinglingly frightening...it hits the bull's eye from the word go”


“Fresh and original...perfectly captures the claustrophobic horror of a rural community in crisis...absolutely compelling - and deliciously scary”


“Truly deserves the description "a real page-turner" ”


“In the mould of Patricia Cornwell, but by a Brit...brilliant”


“Very distinctive...a cut above the average, with a convincing central character, a gripping plot and a fine store of morbid information”


“A gruesome forensic mystery...has the makings of an intriguing series”


“A cool talent...and evokes a creeping atmopshere of dread”


“The same rich vein of fatty tissue dissected by Patricia Cornwell...but Beckett does it well; he is a fine writer with a good grip of both the architacture and mechanics of the thriller...a classy debut”


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