The Chemistry of Death

The Chemistry of Death

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 106 x 176 x 30mm | 220g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0553817493
  • 9780553817492
  • 71,544

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"The best thriller I've read all year... fast-paced, fascinating and heart-stoppingly exciting" -- TESS GERRITSEN "Spine-tinglingly frightening... it hits the bull's eye from the word go" INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "Fresh and original... perfectly captures the claustrophobic horror of a rural community in crisis... absolutely compelling - and deliciously scary" -- MO HAYDER "Excellent... plotted and written with panache, with high marks for characterisation and shock value... an absorbing, scary tale" -- MARCEL BERLINS THE TIMES "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" THE TIMESshow more

About Simon Beckett

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

Review Text

"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"show more

Back cover copy

Three years ago, forensics expert David Hunter abandoned his old life after a tragedy nearly destroyed him. Now working as a doctor in a remote Norfolk village, he believes he's left his past behind. But then they find what's left of Sally Palmer... The body has been savagely mutilated. The police need Hunter's expertise to find the killer, but he is desperate to remain uninvolved. Then a second woman disappears and the close-knit community that had been Hunter's refuge becomes a maelstrom of fear and paranoia. No one is exempt from suspicion. Suddenly, there is no place to hide... Original and terrifying, this startling new British crime thriller has become an international bestseller. 'Spine-tinglingly frightening, but also poignant and caring...hits the bull's eye from the word go!'INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Truly deserves the description "a real page-turner" 'ROBERT GODDARD 'Very distinctive...a cut above the average, with a convincing central character, a gripping plot and a fine store of morbid information'OBSERVER 'In the mould of Patricia Cornwell, but by a Brit... brilliant' DAILY MIRROR Shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Yearshow more
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