The Woodcutter

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The fast-moving, stunning new standalone psychological thriller – from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series is our Book of the Month for November.

Killer Reads presents Reginald Hill‘s The Woodcutter

Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairytale. From humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there is a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth – and with the truth, revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?

REVIEWS

An outstanding novel of force and beauty [which shows] Hill’s elegant writing, erudition and imaginationThe Times

A big, fat mystery which has the enduring power of a myth … Hill proves once again that the driving force of a successful crime novel is character, not incident … The heights of the Dalziel & Pascoe series aside, Hill has never written a better bookEvening Standard

Hill’s plotting is brilliant, the jokes first-rate, the prose supple: it’s his humble awe at the English language that enables him to be a minor master of itDaily Telegraph

Book of the Month: Time of Death

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When the clock strikes twelve, it’s time to die…

One by one, random victims are stalked and shot at close range. Only the killer knows their sins, and who will be the next to die at midnight…

Since her fall from Hollywood, actress Lorie Hammonds has returned to her hometown of Alabama and built a new life for herself. When the first death threat arrives, she assumes it’s a joke. But as the notes become more personal, Lorie is running scared. Sheriff Mike Birkett, Lorie’s ex-lover has been avoiding her, but when investigators uncover Lorie’s connection to a string of recent murders, he’s drawn into a case that’s becoming terrifyingly personal. With every murder, the killer edges closer. Soon Lorie’s will be the last name left on his list. But is Lorie all that she seems? As she battles to unearth a deadly secret, will she be able to save herself before time runs out for good?.

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For a taster of Beverley’s gripping writing you can read an extract from an earlier novel Beg to Die.


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The Devil's Acre

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A novel of intrigue, violence and conflicted loyalties from the author of The Street Philosopher, Matthew Plampin.

What price to take hold of the devil’s right hand? Spring, 1853. After a triumphant display at the Great Exhibition in London, the legendary American entrepreneur and inventor Colonel Samuel Colt expands his gun-making business into England. He acquires a riverside warehouse in Pimlico and sets about converting it into a pistol works capable of mass producing his patented revolvers on an unprecedented scale – aware that the prospect of war with Russia means huge profits. The young, ambitious Edward Lowry is hired by Colt to act as his London secretary. Although initially impressed by the Colonel’s dynamic approach to his trade, Edward comes to suspect that the American’s intentions in the Metropolis are not all they appear. Meanwhile, the secretary becomes romantically involved with Caroline Knox, a headstrong woman from the machine floor – who he discovers is caught up in a plot to steal revolvers from the factory’s stores. Among the workforce Colt has gathered from the seething mass of London’s poor are a gang of desperate Irish immigrants, embittered refugees from the potato famine, who intend to use these stolen six-shooters for a political assassination in the name of revenge. As pistols start to go missing, divided loyalties and hidden agendas make the gun-maker’s factory the setting for a tense story of intrigue, betrayal and murder.

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