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The Poison Artist

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Dr. Caleb Maddox is a crack San Francisco toxicologist leading a groundbreaking 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 nighttime 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....

Genre: Mystery
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Praise for this book

"Jonathan Moore has written a wickedly smart, emotionally complex novel that will haunt you long after you turn the last page. Whether you find it seductively terrifying or terrifyingly seductive, in my mind, The Poison Artist is better than Hitchcock." - Lou Berney

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

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

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

"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

"With The Poison Artist, Jonathan Moore has given us a brilliant debut thriller, confident, mesmerizing, edgy and very cool. So much happens on every page, it's almost dizzying. Hitchcock should come back from the grave and film this story." - Howard Norman


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January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
ISBN: 0-544-52056-4 / 978-0-544-52056-1 (USA edition)
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poison Artist
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ISBN: 1-4091-5973-6 / 978-1-4091-5973-5 (UK edition)
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Title: Poison Artist
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February 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poison Artist
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ISBN: 1-4091-5972-8 / 978-1-4091-5972-8 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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March 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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January 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
ISBN: 1-62231-935-4 / 978-1-62231-935-0 (USA edition)
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Title: Poison Artist
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Title: Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
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March 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
Publisher: Orion
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January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
Publisher: Mariner Books
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