Once she had been beautiful. Now she was eight days dead, her body slashed with more than fifty cuts.

Janis Parker - young, successful and glamorous - had shared her modern Notting Hill apartment with flatmate Stephanie James. But now Janis is dead - and Stephanie has disappeared.

Heading up the investigation, Detective Stella Mooney soon has her first suspect, in the shape ...

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Nothing Like the Night

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Once she had been beautiful. Now she was eight days dead, her body slashed with more than fifty cuts.

Janis Parker - young, successful and glamorous - had shared her modern Notting Hill apartment with flatmate Stephanie James. But now Janis is dead - and Stephanie has disappeared.

Heading up the investigation, Detective Stella Mooney soon has her first suspect, in the shape of Mark Ross - Stephanie's boyfriend and Janis's secret lover . . .

But then another body is discovered - slashed fifty times.

Clearly these are no domestic killings. It seems Stella and her team are looking for that most dangerous of creatures: a killer who hunts to feed a terrible appetite.

But the truth is they are up against something even more terrifying. . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In British author Lawrence's gory, gripping follow-up to his well-received debut, The Dead Sit Round in a Ring (2004), series heroine Det. Stella Mooney must solve a series of sadistic murders. Young London women are being stripped, bound, gagged, then cut repeatedly before being dispatched with a slash to the throat. At first the victims-Janis Parker, an employee of an upscale fashion magazine; Nesta Cameron, who worked at a lifestyle design company; and Mandy Wallace, an exotic dancer at the Kandy Kave-seem linked only by a cocaine habit. Then Mooney and her colleagues begin to realize that the killers, as disturbing and memorable as any in crime fiction, like to strip as they perform their handiwork. Lawrence gives London a kind of Martin Scorsese treatment-this is not the city of the Tower and the titled but the neon-splashed world of pimps, squatters and drug dealers. Readers unfamiliar with Stella and her setting may find her character a bit underdeveloped, and at least one subplot-involving her love life-distracts from an otherwise addictive story. (June 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466829664
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Detective Stella Mooney Novels, #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 735,521
  • File size: 459 KB

Meet the Author

David Lawrence, in addition to being a talented novelist, is also an acclaimed poet and highly successful scriptwriter. The Dead Sit Round in a Ring was his first Detective Stella Mooney novel; Nothing Like the Night is the second. The author lives in southwest London and is hard at work on the next book in the series, which Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur will publish next year.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    interesting British police procedural

    Suffering from nightmares of dead babies, Detective Sergeant Stella Mooney gets the call late at night waking up her live in lover George Paterson. Stella quickly heads to West Kensington to look over the crime scene of a murdered woman. In Notting Hill Gate, Stella learns that someone murdered Janis Parker apparently over a week ago; the body was found when the downstairs neighbor felt bodily excretions leaking on him from his ceiling. Stella notices the overwhelming odor before seeing the cut up corpse that means a frenzied crime of passion or a killer toying with their victim. --- Janis¿ roommate Stephanie James is missing so Stella wonders if she is dead too. At Imago Magazine where Janis worked, Stella learns that Stephanie¿s boyfriend Mark Ross took a too a drunk Janis home from a party last week making him the prime suspect. However, when they find Mark dead with cuts and abrasions all over his body, Stella and her team know they are confronted with a deadly killer who seems to take immense pleasure with playing with his mice. --- This interesting British police procedural will grip the audience due to its terrific protagonist struggling with a nasty case and even nastier dreams from previous cases. The investigation is methodically conducted so that the audience follows the police as they sift for clues. Stella¿s personal life adds depth into her personality including inner turmoil and disturbances that would bring down a less person yet impacts her official inquiries. Sub-genre fans will appreciate this exceptional tale and want to read the eerie THE DEAD SIT AROUND IN A RING, David Lawrence¿s previous work.--- Harriet Klausner

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