The Chemistry of Death

by Simon Beckett

Part of the David Hunter Series

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Chemistry of Death

I read this just after the latest Kathy Reichs so I was able to compare her American forensic anthropologist with this English creation, Dr David Hunter.  He is as meticulous in his detailed analysis as hers, but he is much easier to follow – he does not use obscure medical terms – so I found this most interesting, highly intriguing and very disturbing.  And the storyline …?  Well that was totally gripping and almost hair-raising in the true sense.  What is also exciting is that this is the beginning of a series, the next David Hunter book comes out in hardback in August, paperback early 2008 … I can hardly wait.

Similar this month: Patrick Lennon.
Comparison: Mo Hayder, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Chemistry of Death Synopsis

Three years ago, forensics expert David Hunter abandoned his old life after a tragedy nearly destroyed him. Now working as a doctor in a remote Norfolk village, he believes he's left his past behind.

But then they find what’s left of Sally Palmer...

The body has been savagely mutilated. The police need Hunter's expertise to find the killer, but he is desperate to remain uninvolved. Then a second woman disappears and the close-knit community that had been Hunter’s refuge becomes a maelstrom of fear and paranoia. No one is exempt from suspicion. Suddenly, there is no place to hide...

The Chemistry of Death Press Reviews

'The best thriller I’ve read all year...fast-paced, fascinating and heart-stoppingly exciting'
TESS GERRITSEN

‘Spine-tinglingly frightening, but also poignant and caring...hits the bull's eye from the word go!’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Very distinctive...a cut above the average, with a convincing central character, a gripping plot and a fine store of morbid information’ OBSERVER

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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: 9780553817492
Publication date: 9th April 2007
Author: Simon Beckett
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

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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