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- Publisher: Black Swan
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 28mm | 299g
- Publication date: 30 May 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552771236
- ISBN 13: 9780552771238
- Sales rank: 112,680
With old friends like these, who needs enemies? It's a question mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself when, in romantic desperation, he logs on to the Friends Reunited website in search of the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of take back '88 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more. Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson's life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very attached sergeant, and failing comprehensively to solve a series of baffling and peculiarly gruesome murders. A school reunion is planned and as history begins to repeat itself, the past crashes headlong into the present. Neither will ever be the same again. In Past Mortem, Ben Elton - previous winner of The Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Popcorn - delivers both a heart-stopping thriller and a killer comic romance.
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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty. He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You. He is married with three children.
"Fans will love it" Heat "Engaging and smartly plotted" Observer "It's warm-hearted characterisation and deft pacing should make the paperback popular on next summer's beaches" The Sunday Times "Past Mortem confirms Elton as craftsmanlike, thoughtful and readable. Fans will find plenty to enjoy" Daily Mail "A writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains" Daily Mail