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The Poison Artist
by Jonathan Moore


Overview - "An electrifying read... I haven't read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon ." --Stephen King

"Patient, stylish and incredibly suspenseful"--Lee Child

"Magnificent, thoroughly unnerving...I dare you to look away." --Justin Cronin

A gripping tale of obsession and deadly mystery, where the secrets of salvation and the most devastating desires are all written in blood

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Overview
"An electrifying read... I haven't read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon." --Stephen King

"Patient, stylish and incredibly suspenseful"--Lee Child

"Magnificent, thoroughly unnerving...I dare you to look away." --Justin Cronin

A gripping tale of obsession and deadly mystery, where the secrets of salvation and the most devastating desires are all written in blood

Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he's out drinking whiskey when a hauntingly seductive woman appears by his side. Emmeline whispers to Caleb over absinthe, gets his blood on her fingers and then brushes his ear with her lips as she says goodbye. He must find her.

As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial-murder investigation. The police have been fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One of the victims vanished from the bar the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can't offer any information, nor does he tell them he's been secretly helping the city's medical examiner, an old friend, study the chemical evidence on the victims' remains. The search for the killer soon entwines with Caleb's hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes.

From the first pages up to the haunting, unforgettable denouement, The Poison Artist is a gripping thriller about obsession and damage, about a man unmoored by an unspeakable past and an irresistible woman who offers the ultimate escape.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780544520561
  • ISBN-10: 0544520564
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

This exquisite tale of obsession from Bram Stoker Awardfinalist Moore (Redheads) opens with Caleb Maddox, a toxicologist and pain researcher, looking in the mirror of a San Francisco hotel bathroom as he picks tiny shards of glass out of his bleeding forehead. A short time before, his live-in lover, now his ex-girlfriend, threw a tumbler in his face. It was good glass. Murano crystal, maybe, from a set they had bought at Macys just before she moved in a year earlier. Caleb later leaves the hotel and goes to a bar called the House of Shields, where he meets a mysterious absinthe-drinking woman, Emmeline, who mesmerizes him with a whisper and a titillating silken touch. Calebs hard-drinking week-plus pursuit of Emmeline parallels the serial killings that he has been secretly investigating with his oldest and closest friend, medical examiner Henry Newcomb. Male bodies have been washing up in the bay with evidence of unspeakable torture. The scientific lore and postmortem techniques may be more than some readers want to know, but the sympathetic, though brutally flawed hero and the shocking, Hitchcock-esque finale make this psychological thriller a must-read. Agent: Alice Martell, Martell Agency. (Jan.)

 
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