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  • Published: 2 June 2008
  • ISBN: 9780553817508
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

Written in Bone

(David Hunter 2)

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Now in paperback, the new crime thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of the The Chemistry of Death.

I took the skull from its evidence bag and gently set it on the stainless steel table. ‘Tell me who you are...’
As a favour to a colleague, Dr David Hunter is on the remote Hebridean island of Runa to inspect a grisly discovery. He's familiar with death in all its guises but is shocked by what he finds: a body, incinerated but for the feet and a single hand. It appears to be a textbook case of spontaneous human combustion. The local police are certain it’s an accidental death, but Hunter is not convinced. Examining the scorched remains, he finds evidence that this was no accident; this was murder.
And as the isolated community considers the enormity of Hunter’s findings, a catastrophic storm hits the island. The power goes down, communication with the outside world ceases...and the killing begins in earnest.

  • Pub date: 2 June 2008
  • ISBN: 9780553817508
  • Imprint: Bantam
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • 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 Written in Bone

“Well paced and contains a whole load of spicy ingredients”

Daily Mirror

“Excellent...an atmospheric, exciting story...the information about forensic medicine is as instructive as Patricia Cornwell's”

Literary Review

“Beckett cranks up the suspense...some unexpected twists and a gory climax”

Daily Telegraph

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