The Death List (Matt Wells Series #1)

The Death List (Matt Wells Series #1)

by Paul Johnston
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The Death List (Matt Wells Series #1) by Paul Johnston

Writer's block is nothing compared to the tale London-based novelist Matt Wells is now caught in. A chain of seemingly innocent e-mails from a devoted fan turns sinister when Matt discovers his correspondent is a cold-blooded killer with an agenda for murder.

This is the real thing, and soon Matt is plunged into a plot more twisted than any he could dream up for his novels. With each killing the man known as the White Devil tightens his grip by incriminating Matt at the murder scene. Cast not only as the victim but also the ghostwriter of the grisly story, Matt must risk everything to protect those he loves. But with the police closing in and Matt's friends being picked off, the White Devil is out there…plotting Matt's ultimate ending.

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ISBN-13: 9780778324812
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Series: Matt Wells Series , #1
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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Death List (Matt Wells Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting how Johnston uses Jacobean tragedy to fashion Matt's books, as well as how Leslie's kills resemble deaths in Matt's books. Leslie seems like a really devoted fan that has a thing for revenge. I like that Johnston didn't hold back like most authors. Many authors don't kill animals or describe the deaths so vividly, which is a reason I liked this book. Also, there were unexpected parts, like the deaths of Reggie and Mandy, or the revelation of Sara's heredity. However, this was like most books in that Matt lived. True, there was suspense, but it was always obvious Matt and his friends and family would survive and Leslie would die. Nonetheless, I'll be sure to read the sequel. Three out of four stars. Sidenote: Anyone who did not like this book is an Alexander Drys and will die as such.
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BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
I realize that this is fiction but fiction still needs to make sense. And this book often did not. What was supposed to be heroic (I assume), I found to be ridiculous. Many characters' behavior was questionable at best. The writing kept me at a distance. I was never able to latch onto the characters and experience their emotions. For instance, if a character whose viewpoint I'm reading from is being tortured prior to being murdered, I expect to feel something. But this read more like a newspaper account. I figured out the "twist" at the end about halfway through the book. And way things came together at the end, I thought, was just plain silly. This story had promise, though it never delivered.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book about an author who is being framed by a fan of his old crime novels. The fan kills people in a fashion that represents the authors crime novels to frame him. Now the author has to outsmart the fan in order to save people he loves as well as himself from being the next victim of the fan ! A great book with fantastic twists that will make you feel like you cant set the book down! A great thriller !!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Death List Paul Johnston Mira, Jul 2007, $24.95 ISBN: 0778324818 --- In London, novelist Matt Wells receives a series of e-mails from a fan that gives him the idea for a story. Initially he thinks nothing of this beyond someone likes his work, which makes him feel good. However, he soon finds a lethal pattern that frightens him Matt believes his biggest fan is a cold blooded serial killer who has targeted him, his ex-wife and his daughter for execution. --- The White Devil is working his death list getting closer to reaching Matt and his loved ones. Chief Inspector Karen Oaten and her police force suspect Matt is the killer as the White Devil cleverly leaves incriminating evidence that places the writer at the murder scene. Matt realizes he must risk his life before the police arrest him if he is to keep his beloved family members safe from a diabolical killer who knows him and watches his every move. --- From the onset, this is an exciting thriller that will have readers guessing how the White Devil is performing his deeds that set up Matt who is under tight police surveillance the climax reveals the means, which the audience in a Monday morning look back will say is obvious if one applied Holmesian logic. Although the characters are developed enough to matter, it is the anticipation throughout that the White Devil is methodically coming one corpse at a time towards the final kill that grips readers even when the plot seems over the Thames embankment. --- Harriet Klausner