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Michael Marshall was born in England but spent his early years in the United States, South Africa and Australia. He read Philosophy and Social and Political Science at King's College, Cambridge, before publishing his first novel in 1994. His critically acclaimed novels have won a string of awards and his breakout blockbuster, THE STRAW MEN, was a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller, consequently becoming an internationally bestselling sensation. Marshall has also worked extensively as a screenwriter, writing for clients in both LA and London. He lives in Santa Cruz and Brighton with his wife and son.
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What is a ghost? How powerful is belief? Can something imaginary take on a life of its own? Michael Marshall’s new thriller asks these questions and more. Unconnected to his excellent Straw Men series, this is a creepy and intriguing tale of urban unease, unfulfilled love and people not everyone can see. The cover with faint shadows behind the words and figures is brilliantly evocative of the mood of the book; there are shadows behind all of us, memory plays tricks and to resort to cliché, we are definitely not alone. I’ve always loved Marshall’s work, the sci-fi, the thrillers and this new ‘creepy’ style. Old fans, this one’s great; new readers, an excellent place to start.
March 2013 eBook of the Month. This intelligent and page-turning thriller will have you hooked from the start. Two couples not known to each other but connected by the people they become involved with become embroiled in a downright scary series of incomprehensible happenings, mysterious messages, and shadowy stalkers. Their lives will never be the same again. If you enjoy this then definitely read another of his brilliant thrillers, The Straw Man.
I love this man’s books. I love his style, his twists and his characters. This is the third novel to feature his hero Ward Hopkins and the Straw Men, an evil organisation of killers who only get worse. I keep wondering what Marshall will do next, and he always surprises me. This book is a must, and try his sci-fi as Michael Marshall Smith. They are great too!Comparison: Thomas Harris, Stephen King, James Patterson.Similar this month: John Connolly.
Following on from the quite brilliant The Straw Men comes another high calibre, tense and chilling serial killer tale with those who survived still in the sights of the powerful strawmen. Itâ€™s the lonely and desperate against the unknown, something Michael Marshall is particularly good at. I cannot praise it enough. I donâ€™t know if Science Fiction thrillers are to your taste but you might be interested to know that Michael Marshall is also Michael Marshall Smith, the author of four outstanding futuristic works of which I would particularly recommend Only Forward - and he is British.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Thomas Harris, Michael Connelly.Similar this month: Lee Child, Chris Ryan.
Michael Marshall's unique voice adds a chilling intensity to the serial-killer plot, combining dazzling narrative, a white-hot pace and a deeply disturbing backdrop of conspiracy. Sarah tries to struggle, but the man holds her. The scream never makes it out of her throat. 'Nobody watching,' the man says with hateful calm. 'I made it this way. I can walk where nobody sees.' Sarah Becker is the fifth girl to be abducted by this maniac. Judging from the state of the bodies that have been found, her long hair will be hacked off and she will be tortured. She has about a week to live. Former LA homicide detective John Zandt has an inside track on the perpetrator - his own daughter was one of his victims two years ago. But the key to Sarah's whereabouts lies with Ward Hopkins, a man with a past so secret not even he knows about it. His parents have just died in a car accident, but they leave Ward a bizarre message that leads him to question everything he once believed to be true. As he begins to investigate his own past Ward finds himself drawn into the shadowy, sinister world of the Straw Men - and into the desperate race to find Sarah, before her time runs out.
Here, for the first time, is complete collection of actor and entertainer Stanley Holloway's incomparable comic monologues, which he performed between 1929 and 1941. All the much-loved characters such as Albert Ramsbottom (`with a stick with an `orse's `ead `andle'), Sam Small (`Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' arm), and King `Arold (`on his `orse with his `awk in his `and') are gathered together and brilliantly illustrated by cartoonist Bill Tidy.