Kill all your darlings

David Bell, 1969 November 17-

Book - 2021

"When a professor's student disappears and is presumed dead, he passes off her manuscript as his own-only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of The Request. After years of struggling to write after the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman. There's just one problem: Connor didn't write the book. His missing stud...ent did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him. Connor's problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma-admit he didn't write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. As the murders pile up, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student's manuscript. This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia-and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up"--

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Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Berkley [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
399 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780593198667
0593198662
9780593198674
0593198670
Main Author
David Bell, 1969 November 17- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

To the astonishment of his colleagues, English professor Connor Nye has finally published his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman in a college town. For years, Connor has been unable to overcome the grief that gripped him "like a boa constrictor" following the deaths of his wife and teenage son. His novel is well received, and he's happy to be out from under the "publish or perish" challenge. The bad news is that he has largely plagiarized a manuscript submitted to him two years ago by a student who subsequently vanished and was presumed dead. Now Madeline O'Brien is back and wants money for her silence. The even worse news is that he's under police investigation because the book contains undisclosed details of a cold-case murder in the town, and he has become the new prime suspect. Then Madeline is murdered, and Connor's own investigation of her murder brings him up against an institutional code of silence surrounding student sexual harassment. This is Bell's eleventh thriller (after The Request, 2020), and his fans will welcome it, as will devotees of academic crime fiction. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

At the start of this brisk suspense novel from Bell (The Request), Connor Nye, an English professor at Kentucky's Commonwealth University, is visited by a former student, Madeline O'Brien, who disappeared two years earlier and was presumed dead. Madeline has a copy of Connor's latest book, a crime thriller, which she claims is her work. Madeline demands that Connor pay her the earnings from the book, which soon draws police attention as many of its details seem drawn from the case of a local woman's murder two and a half years earlier, a crime Connor doesn't remember. Desperate to make tenure, he doesn't admit his plagiarism and instead strives to prove he didn't commit the murder. The discovery of Madeline's stabbed body in the cemetery where Connor's wife and son, who died in an accident five years earlier, are buried adds to his woes. The plot is fairly straightforward, though the limited number of suspects makes identifying the culprit easy as the action builds to a satisfying, if somewhat predictable, conclusion. Fans of Jean Hanff Korelitz's The Plot may want to check this one out. Agent: Laney Katz Becker, Massie & McQuilkin. (July) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Worried about tenure, an English professor with writer’s block passes off a missing student’s manuscript as his next novel and becomes the subject of a dangerous blackmail plot that forces him to unravel the frightening secrets buried in the book.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"When a professor's student disappears and is presumed dead, he passes off her manuscript as his own-only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of The Request. After years of struggling to write after the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman. There's just one problem: Connor didn't write the book. His missing student did. And then she appearson his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him. Connor's problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma-admit he didn't write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. As the murders pile up, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student's manuscript. Thisis a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia-and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A Most Anticipated Summer Read by SheReads * Motherly * Palm Beach Daily News * Frolic * Crime Reads and more! "Fans of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot may want to check this one out."--Publishers Weekly  "With hints of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, this is a riveting thriller."--Palm Beach Daily News  "Grabs you by the throat and never lets go...with a twist you’ll never see coming.”  --Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish "Sounds like Wonder Boys times Patricia Highsmith. Yes please!"--Crime Reads When a student disappears and is presumed dead, her professor passes off her manuscript as his own—only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of The Request.   After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.    There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.    Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma—admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.  This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia—and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up.