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Death of a Murderer by Rupert Thomson
  

Death of a Murderer

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Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2007.

Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment:
"An exquisitely written ghost story - morally subtle, psychologically involving and exactly crafted."

If you like Rupert Thomson you might also like to read books by Jim Crace, Glen Duncan and Jonathan Grimwood.

Synopsis

Death of a Murderer by Rupert Thomson

In November 2002, police constable Billy Tyler is summoned to the mortuary of a hospital in Suffolk. For the next twelve hours, from seven in the evening till seven in the morning, he is responsible for guarding the body of the notorious child-killer Myra Hindley. In the face of public hostility and media frenzy, Billy’s job, as his superior puts it, is to ‘make sure nothing happens'.

Billy’s approach is utterly professional, but as the night wears on, in the eerie silence of the hospital, the dead woman's presence begins to assert itself, and Billy’s own problems and anxieties - a stalled career, a fractious marriage, a disabled daughter — gradually acquire a new and unexpected significance.

Reviews

'His masterpiece, a novel so strong that it seems a foregone conclusion that Thomson will enjoy the commercial success and widespread acclaim he deserves ... brilliant'
Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday

'Beautiful writing, occasional poetry, and an aching sense of the vulnerability of those we love. It's an ambitious and brave book'
Carol Birch, Independent

'Exquisitely controlled ... What gives Death of a Murderer its greatest strength is its restraint. Nothing is exaggerated for effect ... Thomson is able to make glories of the tiniest moments'
Toby Litt, Guardian

'Thomson reaches the summit of his powers ... a novel of beautiful moral complexity'
Andrew O

'Hagan'


About the Author

Rupert Thomson

Born on the south coast of England in 1955, Rupert Thomson was educated at Christ's Hospital School. At the age of seventeen he won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Medieval History and Political Thought. In his twenties, he spent four years working as a copywriter in London, but in 1982 he moved to Italy where he started work on a novel. Dreams of Leaving was published in 1987, and was hailed in the Times as 'extraordinarily elegant, evocative and funny', while the New Statesman wrote: 'When someone writes as well as Thomson does, it makes you wonder why other people bother'. Since then, he has published six more highly acclaimed novels, two of which, Air and Fire and The Insult have been shortlisted for awards. Though his books consistently defy categorisation, the San Francisco Chronicle came closer than most when it described him as a ‘twisted British fabulist’. During the past twenty years he has lived in many cities, including London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Rome. He currently lives in Barcelona.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th February 2008

Author

Rupert Thomson

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Author's Website

www.dividedkingdom.co.uk/
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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
All Shortlists and Winners
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780747592679

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