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The Kellerby Code

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'Magnificent.' Richard Osman

Erin Kelly
'A dastardly romp for fans of Saltburn and The Talented Mr Ripley.' Alice Slater

How far would you go for a friend?

Edward is living in a world he can't afford and to which he doesn't belong. To camouflage himself, he has catered to his friends' needs: fetching drycleaning, sorting flowers for premieres. It's a noble effort, really - anything to keep his perfectly awful 'best pals' Robert and Stanza happy. In return, his proximity to their abundance might sponge the shame of his birth and violent past cleanly away.

But Edward has - secretly - been in love with Stanza since their Cambridge days. The shattering discovery that Stanza and Robert are an item pushes him too far. His little acts of kindness take a sinister turn, giving way to the unspeakable brutality Edward fears is at his core.

Are there limits to what he will do for his friends? Are there limits to what he will do to them?
From the mind behind the "laugh-out-loud funny" (Mark Kermode) new film WICKED LITTLE LETTERS starring Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley

'Fresh, frightening, bittersweet and brutal.'
Chris Whitaker

'A subtle and gripping thriller for fans of
The Secret History and The Talented Mr. Ripley.' Claire McGowan
'I loved The Kellerby Code. The toxic friend group our lower class protagonist bends over backwards to fit into, the growing resentment of the effortless wealth and success and the inevitable tipping point.'
'This is one of those books that get more absorbing and utterly bizarre as it goes, you absolutely have to read it.'

'Immensely enjoyable . . . A wild roller coaster ride with plenty of cringeworthy and laugh out loud moments.'

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Rich and compelling with sly humour at every turn. A cracking debut." - Heather Darwent

"A deft, razor-sharp debut that effortlessly bestrides crime and comedy. Jonny Sweet is annoyingly talented." - Erin Kelly

"A subtle and gripping thriller for fans of The Secret History and talented The Talented Mr. Ripley." - Claire McGowan

"This is a brilliantly crafted story. Jonny Sweet's wickedly forensic eye for detail puts you so close to the action, you feel you are in the room with the characters. On the one hand it's a story of regret and fear, but on the other it's a superb take down of privilege. A genuine late night, one more chapter, but I've got work in the morning book." - Ian Moore

"Magnificent. A major new talent." - Richard Osman

"Tom Ripley meets The Wych Elm in this creepy, acerbic, darkly funny thriller about loneliness, ambition and the lengths we go to to escape ourselves. Sweet is as interested in themes of love and revenge as he is in skewering the elite, in a novel whose dialogue is pin-sharp and whose pages ripple with tension. A hugely enjoyable and impressive debut." - Emma Stonex

"The Kellerby Code is a witty Wodehousian bloodbath of a debut which toys with class, the thin veener of 'good manners', and the brutality running underneath it all while still having a light touch." - Charlotte Vassell

"Fresh, frightening, bittersweet and brutal. The Kellerby Code is wonderfully witty and delightfully dark." - Chris Whitaker

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