Luther by Neil Cross
The Calling

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A brilliant standalone novel hailed as “some of the best crime fiction to hit bookstores this year” (Hollywood Reporter) and a prequel to the hit BBC America TV show Luther, by the Edgar Award–winning creator and sole writer of the show.

Is Luther a force for good or a man hell-bent on self-destruction?

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a homicide detective with an extraordinary case-clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad—not corrupt, but tormented. After years of chasing the most depraved criminals in London’s gritty underworld, he seethes with a hidden fury he can barely control, making him do things any other detective wouldn’t and shouldn’t do.

Luther: The Calling is the story of the serial killer case that tore Luther’s personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice—beyond fury, beyond vengeance, all the way to the other side of the law.

About Neil Cross

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Neil Cross is the creator and sole writer of the critically acclaimed BBC America crime series Luther. In 2011, Cross was awarded the Edgar Award for Best Teleplay for episode one of Luther. He is the author of the thriller Burial and lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit
Published September 4, 2012 by Touchstone. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Although Cross won an Edgar for the first episode of his BBC series Luther, this origin story just doesn’t replicate the power of the show, suggesting that Idris Elba’s performance as Scotland Yarder

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Review: Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is assigned to a most gruesome murder, one in which a near-term baby is cut out of its mother's womb and stolen, the parents murdered in the process, in The Calling, the first book in this series by Neil Cross and a prequel to the television crime dra...

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“Christ’s death is the chief object of meditation.” After thinking on Christ himself, Luther then advises the Christian to consider sin and hell and be reminded that Christ “objectively gained victory over the images of death.” This kind of contemplation was not meant to be experienced alone, but...

Feb 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Luther: The Calling

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The author himself admits that Luther has taken the opposite route for a crime thriller — usually it’s a book first, then a TV show or film.

May 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Luther: The Calling

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