Eight perfect murders A novel

Peter Swanson, 1968-

eAudio - 2020

From the hugely talented author of Before She Knew Him comes a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction's most ingenious murders. Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre's most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to c...rack-which he titled "Eight Perfect Murders"-chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie's A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, and Ira Levin's Death Trap. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She's looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal's old list. And the FBI agent isn't the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. There is killer is out there, watching his every move-a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history, especially the secrets he's never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn't count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead-and the noose around Mal's neck grows so tight he might never escape.

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Published
[United States] : HarperAudio 2020.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 03 min.)) : digital
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9780062838223
0062838229
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Peter Swanson, 1968- (author)
Corporate Author
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Other Authors
Graham Halstead (narrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

What if the first blog post you ever wrote inspired multiple murders? The FBI contacts Malcolm Kershaw when a killer is seemingly inspired by a 2004 post he wrote about eight perfect murders. Halstead's narration builds sympathy and understanding between Mal and the listener. As a friendly bookseller, Mal's voice rings with realism and invokes compassion. Peppered with references to prior reads, the story is at once a nostalgic overview of beloved titles and a compelling drama in itself. Even as the darkness clouding Mal's past is revealed, Halstead keeps him an everyman filled with reasonable self-doubt and emotional turmoil. Halstead's pacing and tone convey the increased urgency and danger as Mal closes in on the solution and the tension ratchets up. The psychological twists, plot turns, and ambiguous ending make it perfect for book discussions. Fans of classic mysteries will also be enchanted and satisfied. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

From the hugely talented author of Before She Knew Him comes a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction's most ingenious murders.Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre's most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled "Eight Perfect Murders"—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie's A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin's Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History.But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She's looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal's old list. And the FBI agent isn't the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history, especially the secrets he's never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn't count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal's neck grows so tight he might never escape.