Soft Press - Bulgaria
Cappelen Damm - Norway
Faber & Faber - U.K.
**Optioned for film by New Regency Productions**
A tantalizing novel bound to delight crime fiction aficionados. A bookseller finds himself in danger when a killer starts using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders as a blueprint for violence.
Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of literary murders that are almost impossible to crack, 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.
No one is more surprised than Mal when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of baffling 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’s a killer out there, watching his every move, and he knows too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone.
To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. Unexpectedly, his investigation leaves a trail of death in its wake and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he may never escape.