The Chemistry of Death

The Chemistry of Death

by Simon Beckett
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The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

Three years ago, David Hunter moved to rural Norfolk to escape his life in London, his gritty work in forensics, and a tragedy that nearly destroyed him. Working as a simple country doctor, seeing his lost wife and daughter only in his dreams, David struggles to remain uninvolved when the corpse of a woman is found in the woods, a macabre sign from her killer decorating her body. In one horrifying instant, the quiet summer countryside that had been David’s refuge has turned malevolent—and suddenly there is no place to hide.

The village of Manham is tight-knit, far from the beaten path. As a newcomer, Dr. Hunter is immediately a suspect. Once an expert in analyzing human remains, he reluctantly joins the police investigation—and when another woman disappears, it soon becomes personal. Because this time she is someone David knows, someone who has managed to penetrate the icy barrier around his heart. With a killer’s bizarre and twisted methods screaming out to him, with a brooding countryside beset with suspicion, David can feel the darkness gathering around him. For as the clock ticks down on a young woman’s life, David must follow a macabre trail of clues—all the way to its final, horrifying conclusion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440335955
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 238,431
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Simon Beckett is a freelance journalist and the author of The Chemistry of Death. He is married and lives in England, where he is at work on his next thriller featuring Dr. David Hunter.

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Chemistry of Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'The Chemistry of Death' is a very intriguing and exhilirating story full of twists and turns that excite the reader and make them want to go on reading. It is British crime fiction at its best. While being shocking and disturbing, it is also very compelling and quite a gripping story that has the reader on the edge of their seat the entire time. David Hunter is the man character and is haunted by his dreams of the car accident that killed his wife and daughter three years ago. To escape his nightmares, he flees London and turns his back on everything he knows and eventually settles in the house of Dr, Henry Maitland, working as a GP. Back in London, David was a forensic anthropologist who when he fleed, left his career and life behind him. But now, with the series of gruesome murders, Hunter must recall his past as an anthropologist to help solve the mysteries. In the beginning, the body of a local women is found in a marsh on the outskirts of the village. David discovers that the body is of his close friend, Sally Palmer, and at that moment he decided to dig up his past and help examine the body for clues as to why she died. This soon begins the tiresome and frusterating task of piecing together the few facts he has completed from scene of the crime. Soon enough, another woman is missing and the mystery to solve the case becomes bigger. Without a suspect and no definite evidence, David must use the ground around where the bodies were found and the decomposed bodies to figure out more pieces to the puzzle. David is soon torn and tired from helping with the investigations, he finds comfort in being with Jenny Hammond, the school teacher. But when events begin that cause Jenny's life to spin out of control, David's dream of his wife and daughter are revived again and give him clues as to find Jenny and help her. The story races towards a heart wrenching climax where David discovers that the murderer of the young women, is hiding just where he least expects. David must compell all of his knowledge to find the poor and fearful Jenny, and to discover the person who had been committing the gruesome murders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. With the different plot twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait for another book from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing i recommend
manolod1 More than 1 year ago
Read one of his books (the 3rd one) then went on line to buy all his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like murder mysteries, this one is the one. Followed up by the sequel..Written In Bone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beckett has a nice touch and got me wanting more
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clcarr More than 1 year ago
This book held my interest well. I then read others by the same author and then links to other in it's genre. I have read so many books since reading this one! I do remember the ending was unexpected. I also remember I enjoyed reading it even through the gore! Good mystery.
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