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The Poison Artist

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he is drinking whiskey at the speakeasy House of Shields 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 good-bye. He must find her.

As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial murder investigation. The police are fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One man vanished from House of Shields the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can't offer any information. But he is secretly helping the city's medical examiner, an old friend, understand the chemical evidence on the victims' remains. Caleb's search for the killer soon entwines with his hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes.

The Poison Artist is a gripping literary thriller about obsession and damage, about a man unmoored by an unspeakable past and an irresistible woman who offers the ultimate escape.

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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Used availability for Jonathan Moore's The Poison Artist

Hardback Editions

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)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
ISBN: 1-4091-5973-6 / 978-1-4091-5973-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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December 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
ISBN: 0-544-81182-8 / 978-0-544-81182-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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February 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
ISBN: 1-4091-5972-8 / 978-1-4091-5972-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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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
Availability: Amazon UK   


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)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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January 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
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January 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Poison Artist
Author(s): Jonathan Moore
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA