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  • Published: 29 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473539372
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Sentence is Death

A mind-bending murder mystery from the bestselling author of THE WORD IS MURDER




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.

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'EASILY THE GREATEST OF OUR CRIME WRITERS'

Sunday Times

'My favourite literary hero at the moment is Anthony Horowitz' Shari Lapena

'Pure pleasure for readers ... A must-read delight.' WALL STREET JOURNAL
'Sheer genius ... A joy from start to finish' INDEPENDENT
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Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide: the second novel in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

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'You shouldn't be here. It's too late...'

These were Richard Pryce's last words, overheard moments before the celeb divorce lawyer was bludgeoned to death with a £3,000 bottle of wine.

Strange circumstances pile up. Pryce was teetotal, so why this bottle? Why those words? Why did the killer paint a number on his wall? 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. Anthony knows they must be exposed - even at the risk of death...
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'This is meta-fiction I can get behind.' Shari Lapena

'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
'Sheer genius ... The narrative is hilarious and full of Holmesian clues and deliberate errors which will leave the eagle-eyed reader feeling just a bit smug. A joy from start to finish' INDEPENDENT
'Fans of traditional puzzle mysteries will be enthralled' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'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
'Anyone who likes a good Midsomer-style murder mystery will love The Sentence is Death' CULTUREFLY
'Succeeds on all levels ... Horowitz has the Midas touch' BOOKLIST
'Brilliant and enigmatic' AARP

'No one currently working the field has anywhere near this much ingenuity to burn' KIRKUS

  • Published: 29 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473539372
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Anthony Horowitz

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz has written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; two James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis and Forever and a Day; three Detective Hawthorne novels, The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death and the forthcoming A Line To Kill, and the acclaimed bestselling mystery novels Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders.

He is also the author of the teen spy Alex Rider series, and responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. In January 2014 he was awarded an OBE for his services to literature.

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Praise for The Sentence is Death

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

A new Anthony Horowitz novel is always something to look forward to. Anyone who likes a good Midsomer-style murder mystery will love The Sentence is Death

CultureFly

Sheer genius ... The narrative is hilarious and full of Holmesian clues and deliberate errors which will leave the eagle-eyed reader feeling just a bit smug. A joy from start to finish

Independent

Superb ... Fans of traditional puzzle mysteries will be enthralled.

Publishers Weekly

.pure pleasure for readers. Show-business in-jokes, patches of literary parody and a vicious police-department rivalry all coalesce to make The Sentence Is Death a must-read delight.

Wall Street Journal

Succeeds on all levels ... Horowitz has the Midas touch

Booklist

This mystery is a worthy and witty follow-up to last year's best-seller The Word Is Murder ... brilliant and enigmatic

AARP

No one currently working the field has anywhere near this much ingenuity to burn

Kirkus

Anthony Horowitz gets away with murder in all sorts of ways and emerges triumphant...but never mind the details; count the laughs

Marcel Berlins

With its teasing mix of real and fictional characters, Horowitz's fast-paced novel remains tantalising to the final page

Daily Mail

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