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  • Published: 15 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784757533
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

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.

Secrets can kill.

Smooth-tongued divorce lawyer Richard Price is bludgeoned to death at his London home.

Scrawled on the wall beside the body: the number 182.

What does it mean? And who was at his front door just minutes before he died and while he was still talking on the phone?

Confronted with this most baffling of mysteries, the police are forced to turn to private investigator Daniel Hawthorne.


'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

  • Published: 15 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784757533
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

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



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


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


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


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


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


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