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Fortune Favours the Dead

(2020)
(The first book in the Pentecost and Parker series)
A novel by

 
 
The first in the brilliant new Pentecost and Parker series, FORTUNE FAVOURS THE DEAD is a hugely entertaining murder mystery set in 1940s New York City.

'It's got razor-sharp style, tons of flair, a snappy sense of humour, and all the most satisfying elements of a really good noir novel, plus plenty of original twists of its own.' Tana French

New York, 1945. Lillian Pentecost is the most successful private detective in the city, but her health is failing. She hires an assistant to help with the investigative legwork. Willowjean Parker is a circus runaway. Quick-witted and street-smart, she's a jack-of-all-trades with a unique skill-set. She can pick locks blindfolded, wrestle men twice her size, and throw knives with deadly precision - all of which come in handy working for Ms P.

When wealthy young widow Abigail Collins is murdered and the police are making no progress, Pentecost and Parker are hired by the family to track down the culprit. On Halloween night, there was a costume party at the Collins' mansion, where a fortune teller performed a séance which greatly disturbed Abigail. Several hours later her body was discovered bludgeoned to death in her late husband's office. Problem is, the door to the office was locked from the inside. There was no-one else in the room, and the murder weapon was beside the victim; the fortune teller's crystal ball.

It looks like an impossible crime, but Pentecost and Parker know there is no such thing...

Praise for Fortune Favours the Dead:

'Spotswood's stellar debut puts a modern spin on classic hard-boiled fiction. . . The deep and sensitive characterization of the two protagonists, coupled with rich description and tonally spot-on humour, make this a novel to remember. Spotswood is definitely a writer to watch.' Publishers Weekly

'This novel not only offers fun, offbeat characters and an exceptional flavour of the time, it's utterly charming too.' Woman's Weekly

'This hugely enjoyable debut is a deft melange of Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mystery and 1940s Chandler-esque pulp crime fiction with a feisty narrator' Irish Independent Review

'Persuasive in its attention to period detail and dialogue, with well-constructed set piece scenes deftly staged, this is a highly accomplished, auspicious first entry in what we must hope will be a long-running series' The Irish Times

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Bullets, blood, bodies, and belly-laughs: all the ingredients of a classic mystery novel. Stephen Spotswood hard-boils with the best of ‘em!" - Alan Bradley

"[Fortune Favors the Dead has] razor-sharp style, tons of flair, a snappy sense of humor, and all the most satisfying elements of a really good noir novel, plus plenty of original twists of its own." - Tana French

"Fortune Favors the Dead takes gritty 40s noir, shakes it up, gives it a charming twist, and serves it up with unforgettable style. My new favorite sleuthing duo are Pentecost and Parker, the spiritual sisters of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. An utterly brilliant debut!" - Deanna Raybourn


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Used availability for Stephen Spotswood's Fortune Favours the Dead

Hardback Editions

November 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: The Extremely Entertaining 2020 Radio 2 Book Club Pick (Pentecost and Parker)
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
ISBN: 1-4722-7477-6 / 978-1-4722-7477-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wildfire
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel (A Pentecost and Parker Mystery)
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
ISBN: 0-385-54655-6 / 978-0-385-54655-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: The Extremely Entertaining 2020 Radio 2 Book Club Pick (Pentecost and Parker)
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
ISBN: 1-4722-7481-4 / 978-1-4722-7481-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wildfire
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November 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: The Extremely Entertaining 2020 Radio 2 Book Club Pick
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
ISBN: 1-4722-7478-4 / 978-1-4722-7478-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Wildfire
Availability: Amazon AU   


October 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fortune Favors the Dead
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
ISBN: 0-385-54723-4 / 978-0-385-54723-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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Audio Editions

November 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: Pentecost and Parker
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Wildfire
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November 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: Pentecost and Parker
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Wildfire
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: Pentecost and Parker
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Wildfire
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fortune Favours the Dead: The Extremely Entertaining 2020 Radio 2 Book Club Pick (Pentecost and Parker)
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Wildfire
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel (A Pentecost and Parker Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Stephen Spotswood
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA