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Neil Cross is the author of CHRISTENDOM, MR IN-BETWEEN, HOLLOWAY FALLS and ALWAYS THE SUN. He lives with his wife and two children.
Meet DCI John Luther. He's brilliant. He's intense. He's obsessional. HE'S DANGEROUS. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. But Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn't; things way beyond the limits of the law. The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder...
Luther: The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder…
This explores the trauma of a good guy who gets caught up in a girl’s death. It’s a tale of guilt, sadness and terror in a stark, highly compulsive style. I truly found it hard to put down and hard to see how it was going to work out. Sensitive, particularly with regards to the bereaved family, clever and slightly spooky, it has a nasty twist and a very satisfying end. I loved it. Comparison: Unique but try Daniel Clay (Broken), Justin Evans (A Good and Happy Child), Jo-Anne Goodwin (Sweet Gum).
January 2009 Book of the Month. A great psychological thriller from one of the scriptwriter’s for Spooks. Nathan and an old untrustworthy friend, Bob, share a secret from the past involving the death of a young woman, they vow to keep the truth to themselves forever. Years later Bob turns up on Nathans doorstep with terrifying news that threatens to destroy everything Nathan has fought so hard to build. Full of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat til the end.
Neil is a fiction author of some note whose last book, Always the Sun, was longlisted for the Man Booker and while writing it he was inspired to turn to his own tortured childhood, of which this is the result so it has the feel of fiction but because it is true, it of course is inconclusive. One is left wondering what happened next but that, to me, is its only fault, if indeed one can call it a fault for this is a genuinely compelling and heartrending story of a confused young life.
*Read the book that inspired THE SISTER, the major ITV drama starring RUSSELL TOVEY* 'Stunning' Peter James 'Creepy, unsettling, and subtle' Guardian 'For fans of Hitchcock' Independent Nathan is desperate to escape his past. If only his past was willing to let go . . . He has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: the party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman. Only he and Bob, an untrustworthy old acquaintance, know what really happened and they have resolved to keep it that way. But one rainy night, years later, Bob appears at Nathan's door with terrifying news, and old wounds are suddenly reopened, threatening to tear Nathan's whole world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. And Bob doesn't realise just how far Nathan will go to protect them . . . Don't miss the book behind the major ITV drama THE SISTER from Neil Cross, the highly acclaimed writer of LUTHER and HARD SUN. PRAISE FOR BURIAL 'His most terrifying . . . scariest and most satisfying yet' Time Out 'A terrifically scary and all too believable tale. It's brilliantly written in taut, humorous prose, while being exceptionally well observed and paced. Quite brilliant' Daily Mirror 'Burial is not only a page-turner, but also a sensitive and atmospheric portrayal of a man at the end of his tether . . . Creepy, unsettling, and subtle' Guardian 'This compulsive page-turner is a thrilling read and you can see why Neil Cross is the lead scriptwriter for the incredibly successful Spooks' The Sun 'An intelligent, tightly written page-turner' Daily Mail 'A skillfully-told and macabre story for fans of Hitchcock . . . Cross marries literary values to the page-turning crime narrative' Independent
A brilliant standalone crime novel and prequel to the acclaimed BBC series by the shows creator and sole writer: Luther is to crime fiction what his historical counterpart was to religion.Gripping, taut fiction by a new master in the genre (Guillermo del Toro).Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. Hes a murder detective with an extraordinary case clearance rate. Hes obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is badnot corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldntthings well beyond the limits of the law. Edgar Award-winning writer Neil Cross has created one of the most compelling characters in modern crime fictiona man who may be a force for good, or hell-bent on self-destruction. For fans of the award-winning series starring Emmy-nominee Idris Elba, and for all lovers of crime fiction, Luther is hailed by The Guardian as Britains own Stephen King.
The electrifying new novel from the master of the modern nightmare, Neil Cross, acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun Even though he is still young, Kenny has just weeks to live. Before he dies, he wants to find his childhood best friend Callie Barton and thank her for the kindness she showed him when they were at school together. But when Kenny begins his search, he discovers that Callie has gone missing. Although cleared of any involvement, her husband Jonathan seems to be hiding something. Kenny has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. And knowing that time is running out on him, he's prepared to do whatever it takes... Praise for Captured: 'Fantastically clever stories expertly told by a very skilful writer' Chris Carter, Number One Sunday Times Bestseller 'With every book Neil Cross's prose grows leaner and more charged... Cross is a wonderful writer, full of mordant psychological insights... Britain's own Stephen King' John O'Connell, Guardian 'Once again, Neil Cross proves that he's not just a master of suspense, but horror too... His novels, however, have just been getting better and better as he appears to have found a deceptively simple yet highly-charged and convincing style' Mirror, Book of the Week 'A psychological thriller for which the term 'page-turner' might have been coined' Metro 'Gory detail and lifelike descriptions paint a stark picture of the life of portrait artist Kenny Drummond. A testimony of the human spirit's ability to bear pain and even the respect and love he can feel for his sworn enemy, Captured is gripping stuff' The Northern Echo 'Original and thoughtful, a psychological thriller sharing some common ground with Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine... the deft plot has an inescapable gravity' TLS
Everyone makes mistakes.But what if your biggest mistake was something you could never live down?Something so awful and despicable that it weighs daily on your soul? Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life. Only he and an old acquaintance know what really happened and they have made a pact to keep silent. Now, years later, a knock on his door brings terrifying news. Old wounds are suddenly reopened, threatening to tear Nathan's whole world apart, as he comes face to face with the bleak landscape of lies and deception that has become his life. Burial is the story of one man's obsession with redemption. Can you ever really bury your guiltiest secret? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Always the Sun is a brilliant novel about parenthood What do you do when your son is bullied? How far will you go to protect him from those who seek to cause him harm? Jamie is thirteen years old, an only child. His mother has recently died. He and his father Sam have moved to Sam's home town. A fresh start. An aunt to lend support. A new job for Sam, a new school for Jamie. But one day Jamie comes home, bearing the scars of every parent's nightmare. Something must be done... So it begins. Praise for Always the Sun: 'Brilliantly and sympathetically written, it will strike cold fear into the heart of every parent' Daily Mail 'The stripped-down prose of Neil Cross is at once masterly, authoritative and tender throughout this superb and difficult novel. Outstanding' Big Issue 'Set to be his most successful yet... harrowing but gripping' Time Out 'A gripping journey to the limits of paternal emotions' Mail on Sunday 'Cross's grimly readable novel settles into a parent's nightmares and ties apprehensive knots in the reader's stomach' Guardian
From the acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun comes a compulsive thriller. Meet William Holloway: Family man. Gentle man. Wanted man. Holloway has secrets. Years ago, he witnessed his wife's betrayal and his life fell apart. Now someone's toying with his mind and the life of a missing woman, the prostitute Holloway pays to imitate his ex-wife. When she is murdered, his ex-wife's name scrawled on her abdomen, Holloway is trapped by the consequence of love and sex, of infidelity and violence in a world of his own terrible making. Hunted as a rogue policeman and a killer, he's on the run. And planning retribution. Praise for Holloway Falls: 'A compulsive tale of disappearance, abduction, coincidence, psychotic jealousy and imaginative daring' Guardian 'An ingenious revenge thriller which draws you... then messes with your head as deviously as the dreamers, charlatans and conspiracy theorists who populate it' Time Out 'Distinctive, original... powerfully atmospheric and hypnotically rendered' Literary Review 'In the pantheon of screwed-up detectives... William Holloway is a name to watch' Arena 'Neil Cross's story is carefully told, finely spun, and while it does have the sex, violence and brutality of many of its peers, these men also feel. And cry. And care about their daughters. Which makes them way more interesting to read in an everyday love story gone badly wrong' Stella Duffy, author of the Saz Martin crime series
From the acclaimed writer of Luther and Hard Sun, Natural History is a work of exquisite tension Strange things are happening in Monkeyland, the ailing Devonshire sanctuary that Patrick and his zoologist wife, Jane, took on in a bid to save their marriage. Their oldest female primate, the wise and gentle Rue, is found murdered in a corner of the compound. And a big, panther-like cat, preys around the park. It evades capture, lurking in the shadows and in the back of Patrick's mind. Private, threatening, elusive. With Patrick's son, Charlie, having left Monkeyland in disgrace and his wife on a field trip in Zaire, Patrick is left alone with his black cat and his fears. Until one night something happens that is so shocking, so deplorable, that it rips apart everything Patrick had ever held to be true. They say that a parent's worse nightmare is to suffer the death of a child. But what if that's not true? Praise for Natural History: 'The skill with which the author manipulates the narrative, revealing its developments only by degrees, is what gives this sharply observed and suspenseful novel its edge - so that when the shocking climax takes place, it is both entirely unexpected and frighteningly plausible' The Times 'Powerfully intelligent... the frightening permeability of borders lies at the centre of this complex and troubling book... Compressed lyricism generates sudden shifts between transitory events and durable historical patterns, Cross's novel is serious and compelling in equal measure' Guardian 'Taut domestic intrigue, sprung with mistrust and the menacing stealth of hunting... A subtle interplay of anxieties and tolerances that keep parental treacheries in glaring focus' Financial Times 'I'm a big fan of this author and particularly of this menacing novel, which on the surface could be a family drama but turns into something very nasty indeed. It's clever, tense and chilling. Highly recommended' Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller 'Dark and densely plotted...the plot reaches a violent climax, challenging notions of guilt and the limits of parental responsibility' Daily Mail 'A masterpiece... seductively readable, no matter how much one dreads what may happen next... mercilessly realistic... This is a dangerous novel. Everyone in it has a lot to worry about' Daily Telegraph