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'When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The wait is over.' A. J. Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
All murder mysteries follow a simple set of rules. Grant McAllister, an author of crime fiction and professor of mathematics, once sat down and worked them all out.
But that was thirty years ago. Now he's living a life of seclusion on a quiet Mediterranean island - until Julia Hart, a sharp, ambitious editor, knocks on his door. His early work is being republished and together the two of them must revisit those old stories: an author, hiding from his past, and an editor, keen to understand it.
But as she reads, Julia is unsettled to realise that there are things in the stories that don't make sense. Intricate clues that seem to reference a real murder, one that's remained unsolved for thirty years.
Julia realises she's unwittingly entered a battle of wits where there can only be one winner. But Grant will soon realise that he underestimates her at his peril...
© Alex Pavesi 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
Terrific. Alex Pavesi knows the genre inside out. One of the year's most entertaining crime novels
Dizzying, dazzling - a potent potion of a thriller, a brew of bibliophilia (think The Shadow of the Wind), wire-taut tension (The Talented Mr. Ripley), and plot swerves so sharp and sudden you risk whiplash with each turn of the page, as bold as the best of Michael Connelly and Lisa Gardner. When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The wait is over.
So, so clever. A twisty story and an education in the maths of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie would take her hat off to this one - bravo!
Alex Pavesi is a lively writer . . . It feels like a game of Clue-do-ku
An elegantly structured, intellectually challenging and completely unique thriller that grips like a vice
This is both a wonderfully tricksy debut and a loving tribute to the golden age of crime fiction
It's rare for me to read a book in a single day, but I couldn't put Eight Detectives down. Compelling, clever, and beautifully-constructed. It deserves to be huge. I genuinely wanted to applaud at the end
A box of delights . . . Pavesi's revelations are completely unexpected, right up to the end
An absolute triumph of a novel. I read it in two greedy gulps. Intelligent and compelling storytelling. Utterly brilliant
This super-smart homage to the Agatha Christie tradition is a must. Stylish, ingenious and great fun
Are your methods of deduction like Sherlock Holmes? Hercule Poirot? How about Philip Marlowe? In honour of the latest literary gumshoe – Julia Hart, from Alex Pavesi's gripping Eight Detectives – we’ve assembled a quiz to help you uncover the answer.