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‘I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon‘ Stephen King

Imagine an updated Vertigo: darker, more scary but just as hypnotically seductive. A dark psychological crime thriller for fans of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island.

Selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club with Simon Mayo.

Toxicologist Caleb Maddox has two puzzles to solve. What connects the series of dead bodies found floating in San Francisco Bay? And why is Emmeline, the strange and beautiful woman he met in a secluded bar, so secretive about her past? One thing is certain: finding the the answers could be the last thing Caleb ever does.

Everyone is talking about The Poison Artist – a gripping psychological thriller:
‘Incredibly suspenseful’ Lee Child

‘A magnificent, thoroughly unnerving psychological thriller’ Justin Cronin

‘I haven’t read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon‘ Stephen King

‘As dark and intoxicating as the bars where the mystery begins’ Sunday Mirror

‘As satisfying as it is deeply unsettling…highly recommended’ Guardian

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An electrifying read... I haven't read anything so terrifying since Red Dragon.
Patient, stylish and incredibly suspenseful.
A magnificent, thoroughly unnerving psychological thriller written in a lush, intoxicating style. I dare you to look away.
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, New York Times best-selling author of DEFENDING JACOB
this is a cinematic and phantasmagoric treat... Obsession and violent death collide in an elegantly written thriller.
THE POISON ARTIST takes an old film noir set-up - man meets femme fatale and starts to fear that she might be even more dangerous than she looks - and brings it into the modern world...a superior cat and mouse story, with an effective twist in the tail.
Moore has a great gift for the macabre and the creepy.
... recalling not only Poe and West Coast noir, but also literary tales of heroes besotted with belle dames sans merci.
With its crisp, vivid writing - not a word is wasted - and multi-layered plotting, The Poison Artist is as satisfying as it is deeply unsettling. Moore has conjured a disjointed but gorgeous absinthe dream that enfolds the reader like a deadly fog. Highly recommended.
Spiralling down from dream into nightmare, The Poison Artist is thoroughly unnerving and classily executed.