The Sentence is Death
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The Sentence is Death

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Death, deception, and a detective with quite a lot to hide stalk the pages of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.
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`You shouldn't be here. It's too late...'

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth GBP3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn't drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? 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. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed - even at the risk of death...
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"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

"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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 35mm | 611g
  • CENTURY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178089709X
  • 9781780897097
  • 4,221

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Richard Pryce is an smooth-tongued barrister who has made a fortune out of divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. He lives in a modern, architecturally designed house on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

Or rather he used to ...

When he is found murdered, the police confront the most baffling of mysteries: who was the visitor who came to Pryce's house moments before he died and while he was still on the phone?

“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…” were his last recorded words but what exactly did he mean?

Why did his killer paint a three-digit number on the wall before leaving the crime scene? And why was he bludgeoned to death with an expensive bottle of wine when he didn't drink alcohol?

The police are forced to hand the case to Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, who takes it on with characteristic relish.

But Hawthorne himself has secrets to hide and as our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case he realises that these are secrets that need to be exposed - even if it puts his own life in danger ...
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"This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire"
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"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 *
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About Anthony Horowitz

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the bestselling teen spy series, Alex Rider, and is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War.

He has also written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; Two James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis and Forever and a Day; His previous thrillers Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder were both Top Ten Sunday Times bestsellers.

He is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre, and was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

The Sentence is Death is the second in a series of crime novels starring Detective Daniel Hawthorne.
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119 ratings
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