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The Poison Artist

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Maxim Jakubowski April 2016 Highly Recommended.

Championed by Stephen King as in the tradition of 'Red Dragon' in the terror stakes, this gripping thriller pushes all the right buttons, including a strong one for discomfort. Following a painful sentimental break-up, Dr. Caleb Maddox, a San Francisco toxicologist, meets the obligatory femme fatale in a bar which later proves to have a connection with a series of unexplained murders. His obligatory quest for the mysterious woman begins and quickly draws him into a sinister net from which he finds himself awkward to disentangle, with professional obligations and personal reasons involving secrets from his own past merging uncomfortably. Mining the roots of obsession alongside a plot stuck in fifth gear amongst a most memorable urban landscape, this is a creepy keeper! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

Dr Caleb Maddox is an expert on pain. A leading San Francisco toxicologist, he is mapping the chemical traces that show how much agony a human body can endure. But now a different kind of pain is distracting him from his life's work - the violent break-up of his relationship with his artist girlfriend, Bridget. Seeking solace in a secluded bar, he meets a beautiful woman who shares an absinthe with him, then disappears into the night. Instantly obsessed, he starts trawling the hidden byways of the city to try and find her. And when he does, she insists on a bizarre set of rules before he can meet her alone. But even as he tries to lose himself in Emmeline's darkly erotic world, Caleb finds himself inexorably drawn back to the study of pain and death. For weeks the police have been fishing corpses out of the bay, with no clue as to how they died, and Caleb's old friend, medical examiner Henry Newcomb, asks him to decipher the chemical puzzles left in the bloated remains. Soon Caleb discovers evidence of an unspeakable horror connecting all the victims, suggesting that the city is prey to a deranged killer. And then he discovers that one of the dead men was last seen at the same bar the night he met Emmeline. Suddenly Caleb is plunged into a nightmare where love, madness and murder are clasped in a lethal embrace - and untangling the truth could be the last thing he wants to do.

Reviews

'An electrifying read... I haven't read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon. STEPHEN KING Patient, stylish and incredibly suspenseful.' LEE CHILD

'A magnificent, thoroughly unnerving psychological thriller written in a lush, intoxicating style. I dare you to look away.' JUSTIN CRONIN

'THE POISON ARTIST is an elegant, gripping, hair-raising gothic chiller, a wicked mix of Poe, The Silence of the Lambs, and Vertigo. Settle in for a long night of reading-once this one grabs you, it doesn't let go.' WILLIAM LANDAY, New York Times best-selling author of DEFENDING JACOB

'this is a cinematic and phantasmagoric treat... Obsession and violent death collide in an elegantly written thriller.' THE INDEPENDENT

About the Author

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore and his wife live in Hawaii. When he's not writing, or fixing his boat, Jonathan is an attorney. Before completing law school in New Orleans, he was an English teacher, a whitewater raft guide on the Rio Grande, a counsellor at a Texas wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, and an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C.

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Publication date

10th March 2016

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Jonathan Moore

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781409159735

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