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The Chemistry of Death

by Simon Beckett

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Chemistry of Death

Shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger.
Not one to read if you're squeamish, or if you're at home alone, this is a brilliant mystery from a debut novelist.  Fantastically well-written, this forensic thriller was inspired by a trip to a place called The Body Farm.  It has a great plot, convincing characterisation and hopefully won't be the last we see of Dr David Hunter.

The Chemistry of Death Synopsis

When the bizarrely mutilated and long-dead body of a young woman is found in a ditch in Manham, an isolated and insular village in the Norfolk marshlands, it isn’t just the fact that she had been a friend that disturbs Dr David Hunter. He was once a high-profile forensic anthropologist and all too familiar with the different faces of death, until a devastating personal tragedy made him turn his back on his former life and career.

Now hidden away as a country doctor, Hunter’s past is a secret he hopes will remain buried. So when he’s asked by the police to use his arcane skills to help track down the killer, he’s reluctant to become involved, knowing this will only stir up the painful memories he’s been trying so hard to forget. Then another young woman disappears, and Manham is plunged into a fog of fear and paranoia that threatens to tear it apart. And no one seems exempt from suspicion as the twisted killings continue. And as the once peaceful community is riven by fear and mistrust, David Hunter realises it will take all his knowledge and expertise if the killer is to be stopped. But not even he is prepared for the terrible cost that will exact – or the awful price that failure threatens to bring…

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The Chemistry of Death Press Reviews

A fresh and original voice, Simon Beckett perfectly captures the claustrophobic horror of a rural community in crisis. I thought The Chemistry of Death was absolutely compelling - and so deliciously scary.
MO HAYDER

The Chemistry of Death has to be the best thriller I’ve read all year - I just couldn't put it down. And Simon Beckett's writes so well too - his novel is fast-paced, fascinating and heart-stoppingly exciting but also has that extra magic that one can only call poetry.
TESS GERRITSEN

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780553817492
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780593055212
Publication date: 01/03/2006
Publisher: Bantam Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593055212
Publication date: 1st March 2006
Author: Simon Beckett
Publisher: Bantam Press
Format: Hardback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Simon Beckett

Simon Beckett is a freelance journalist and writes for national newspapers and colour supplements.  He is married and lives in Sheffield. Simon Beckett questions 1. Who or what influenced you to write The Chemistry of Death? The idea came from magazine article I was writing about the National Forensic Academy in Tennessee, an organisation that gives highly realistic forensic training to US police detectives and crime scene investigators. Part of the course involved several days at a place called The Body Farm. It’s a world-famous training ground for forensic anthropologists and the like, and is unique because ...

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