Simon Beckett was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work.
A thrilling, twisted story with the resolution both expected and unexpected but the finale is a complete surprise – wow. Set on a remote island in the Outer Hebrides, cut off by bad weather, it involves murders, revenge and madness and is the second from this excellent author who is well worth investing in. I think he is terrific.
Comparison: Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, Mo Hayder.
As a favour to a colleague, Dr David Hunter is on the remote Hebridean island of Runa to inspect a grisly discovery. He's familiar with death in all its guises but is shocked by what he finds: a body, incinerated but for the feet and a single hand. It appears to be a textbook case of spontaneous human combustion.
Publication date: 07/04/2008
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||7th April 2008|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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 ...More About Simon Beckett