The Sentence is Death

The Sentence is Death

A mind-bending murder mystery from the bestselling author of THE WORD IS MURDER


Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant murder mystery, the second in the bestselling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

Sunday Times
'My favourite literary hero at the moment is Anthony Horowitz' Shari Lapena
'Sheer genius ... A joy from start to finish' INDEPENDENT

Secrets can kill.

Smooth-tongued divorce lawyer Richard Price is bludgeoned to death at his London home.

Scrawled on the wall beside the body: the number 182.

What does it mean? And who was at his front door just minutes before he died and while he was still talking on the phone?

Confronted with this most baffling of mysteries, the police are forced to turn to private investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

'Pure pleasure for readers ... A must-read delight' WALL STREET JOURNAL
'Anthony Horowitz gets away with murder in all sorts of ways and emerges triumphant' The Times
'This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire' Sunday Times Crime Club
'A crime story that keeps you up into the small hours... a page-turning mystery' Metro
'Sheer genius ... A joy from start to finish' Independent
'Fans of traditional puzzle mysteries will be enthralled' Publishers Weekly
'Huge fun... It's hard to know why anyone who loves a good mystery wouldn't thoroughly enjoy the ride' Irish Independent
'Succeeds on all levels ... Horowitz has the Midas touch' Booklist
'No one currently working the field has anywhere near this much ingenuity to burn' KIRKUS

About the author

Anthony Horowitz

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz has written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; three James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis, Forever and a Day and With a Mind to Kill; the acclaimed bestselling mystery novels Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders and the Detective Hawthorne novels, The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death, A Line To Kill, The Twist of a Knife and the latest Close to Death is out in April 2024.

He is also the author of the teen spy Alex Rider series, and responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. In January 2022 he was awarded a CBE for his services to literature.
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