The Poison Artist (Hardback)
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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 11/02/2016
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Dr. Caleb Maddox is a crack San Francisco toxicologist leading a ground-breaking study of the human pain threshold based on minute analysis of chemical markers. He has also just broken up with his artist girlfriend after she discovered a shocking family secret in his past. Seeking solace, Caleb finds a dark, old-fashioned saloon called House of Shields, and is mesmerised when a beautiful woman materialises out of the shadows, dressed like a 1940s movie star. The enigmatic Emmeline shares a pouring of absinthe with him, brushes his arm and vanishes. As he pursues her through the brooding, night-time city, desperate to see her again, he simultaneously becomes entangled in a serial murder investigation that has the police stymied - men gone missing, fished out of the bay, with no clue as to how they met their end - until Caleb's analysis of the chemical markers in their bodies reveals that each one was tortured to death. Also present are some of the key components of absinthe. As Caleb finally looks forward to a night spent alone with Emmeline, part of his mind wonders if behind the seductive vision is something utterly terrifying...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409159711
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An electrifying read... I haven't read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon. * STEPHEN KING *
Patient, stylish and incredibly suspenseful. * LEE CHILD *
A magnificent, thoroughly unnerving psychological thriller written in a lush, intoxicating style. I dare you to look away. * JUSTIN CRONIN *
THE POISON ARTIST is an elegant, gripping, hair-raising gothic chiller, a wicked mix of Poe, The Silence of the Lambs, and Vertigo. Settle in for a long night of reading-once this one grabs you, it doesn't let go. * WILLIAM LANDAY, New York Times best-selling author of DEFENDING JACOB *
this is a cinematic and phantasmagoric treat... Obsession and violent death collide in an elegantly written thriller. * THE INDEPENDENT *
THE POISON ARTIST takes an old film noir set-up - man meets femme fatale and starts to fear that she might be even more dangerous than she looks - and brings it into the modern world...a superior cat and mouse story, with an effective twist in the tail. * MAIL ON SUNDAY *
Moore has a great gift for the macabre and the creepy. * THE TIMES *
... recalling not only Poe and West Coast noir, but also literary tales of heroes besotted with belle dames sans merci. * SUNDAY TIMES *
With its crisp, vivid writing - not a word is wasted - and multi-layered plotting, The Poison Artist is as satisfying as it is deeply unsettling. Moore has conjured a disjointed but gorgeous absinthe dream that enfolds the reader like a deadly fog. Highly recommended. * GUARDIAN *
Spiralling down from dream into nightmare, The Poison Artist is thoroughly unnerving and classily executed. * THE OBSERVER *

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“Diluted”

Thanks to Sam Eades and Orion Books for the advanced reading copy.

This is a book that will divide its readers into two camps: those who think it's brilliant, and those who don't. Unfortunately I fall... More

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“The ending made this book for me”

The first thing I should say is that when I first started reading this book I couldn’t, for the life of me, work out when it was set. It has a historical feel to it and I only realised it was set in more modern times... More

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“A toxic inheritance.”

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