The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore

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Absinthe, oysters, the painter John Singer Sargent, a classic car, and a string of disturbing deaths, possibly brought about by poison, make this dark tale memorable.
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“An electrifying read . . . I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon.” — Stephen King

“Magnificent, thoroughly unnerving . . . I dare you to look away.” — Justin Cronin
 
Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. He’s out drinking after a bad breakup when a hauntingly seductive woman sits down at his side. He talks to Emmeline over absinthe, but their encounter is fleeting. She brushes her lips on his ear and disappears. He must find her. As Caleb scours the city, he begins helping the city’s medical examiner with a serial-murder investigation. Soon the search for the killer entwines with Caleb’s hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes. “A wicked mix of Poe, The Silence of the Lambs, and Vertigo,”* The Poison Artist spins a thrilling tale of obsession, damage, a man unmoored by an unspeakable past, and a woman who offers the ultimate escape.
 
“A totally new take on the mystery-thriller genre . . . Fresh and unpredictable. The writing is top-notch . . . Grade: A.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“Genuinely scary, in the very best way, and nastily twisty, also in the very best way . . . Hypnotic.” — Guardian
 
* William Landay
 

About Jonathan Moore

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JONATHAN MOORE is an attorney and the author of three novels, including The Poison Artist, forthcoming, and Redheads, which was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award. He lives in Hawaii.
 
Published January 26, 2016 by Mariner Books. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Nov 19 2015

Absinthe, oysters, the painter John Singer Sargent, a classic car, and a string of disturbing deaths, possibly brought about by poison, make this dark tale memorable.

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Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Mar 28 2016

Spiralling down from dream into nightmare, The Poison Artist is thoroughly unnerving and classily executed.

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