King Death

by Toby Litt

Crime / Mystery Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

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Modern, hard-hitting and compelling work from an award-winning novelist.  Characters so real you feel they are actually talking to you and a situation bizarre yet strangely believable.  Who knows what strange and secret happenings go unwitnessed beneath the cracks of London every day?  But on this day an act was witnessed, a human heart falling onto a glass roof.  This poetic and improbable start sets off a chain of dominoes masterfully crafted.  Toby Litt is a real talent and I can’t wait for his next offering.

Comparison: Ian McEwan, Jake Arnott, China Mieville (The City and the City).

Sarah Broadhurst

King Death Synopsis

Kumiko saw it first. A heart - a human heart - slithering down outside the window of a train travelling between London Bridge and Blackfriars. Someone must have thrown it out from a carriage in front. Kumiko is determined to find out who - and why. But Skelton was sitting next to Kumiko on the train and he saw it too, so he also wants to get to the bottom of the mystery. Or he says he does, but really he just wants Kumiko back, because she's walked out on him, just like that, and left him heartbroken. Each for their own reasons, Kumiko and Skelton set out - separately - on a bizarre trail of discovery. Darting between dingy student pubs, the roofs of Borough Market and the corridors and car-parks of Guy's Hospital, they become embroiled in the seedy world of young medical students, until eventually the gossip and the stories lead them both to the hospital's infamous dissection lecturer - known behind his back as 'King Death'.

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ISBN: 9780141039725
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141039725
Publication date: 27th May 2010
Author: Toby Litt
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,

About Toby Litt

Toby Litt is the author of the alphabetically arranged Adventures in Capitalism, Beatniks, Corpsing, deadkidsongs, Exhibitionism, Finding Myself, Ghost Story, Hospital, I Play the Drums in a Band Called okay and Journey into Space. In 2003, he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. He was the winner of the 2009 Manchester Fiction Prize. He is a regular on Radio 3’s The Verb. You can visit Toby Litt's own website at film adaptation of King Death, co-written by Toby Litt, is being produced by Alexandra Stone (Young Adam, Kidulthood). It will be ...

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