The Last Murder at the End of the World

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The Last Murder at the End of the World

by Stuart  Turton

Publication Date: May 21, 2024
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Hardcover: 368 Pages

Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water comes an inventive, high-concept murder mystery: an ingenious puzzle, an extraordinary backdrop, and an audacious solution.

Solve the murder to save what’s left of the world.

Outside the island there is nothing: the world was destroyed by a fog that swept the planet, killing anyone it touched.

On the island: it is idyllic. One hundred and twenty-two villagers and three scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they’re told by the scientists.

Until, to the horror of the islanders, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death. And then they learn that the murder has triggered a lowering of the security system around the island, the only thing that was keeping the fog at bay. If the murder isn’t solved within 107 hours, the fog will smother the island―and everyone on it.

But the security system has also wiped everyone’s memories of exactly what happened the night before, which means that someone on the island is a murderer―and they don’t even know it.

And the clock is ticking.

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About the author

Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel.

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“[A] dazzling postapocalyptic thriller that blossoms into a race against time whodunit…This dystopian detective story fires on all cylinders.” ― Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

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“A postapocalyptic sf/fantasy/murder mystery that’s as imaginative as it is dazzling and mind-boggling…An extraordinary, thought-provoking book that will appeal to mystery and sf buffs and general-fiction fans looking for a unique and unforgettable read.” ― Booklist, STARRED review

“A complex world and characters in a page-turner centered on what it means to be human and whether those qualities are worth preserving.” ― Library Journal, STARRED review

“A fresh twist on dystopian fiction with its share of surprises.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A mind-bending, genre-blending, boy-that-ending mystery unlike any I’ve ever read…as though Agatha Christie and Stephen King had jointly rebooted Lost.” ― A.J. Finn




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