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The Sentence Is Death

Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
Series: Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz.

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring private investigator Daniel Hawthorne.

William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. 

Or, rather, he used to....

When he is found murdered, the police confront the most baffling of mysteries: who was the visitor who came to Pryce's house moments before he died, arriving while he was still talking on the phone? 

“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late....” were Pryce’s last recorded words, but what exactly do they mean? 

Why does his killer paint a three-digit number on the wall before leaving the crime scene? And why exactly was he bludgeoned to death with a bottle of wine - a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000 - when he didn't drink alcohol? 

The police are forced to hand the case to private investigator Daniel Hawthorne, who takes it on with characteristic relish. 

But Hawthorne himself has secrets to hide, and as our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case he realises that these are secrets that need to be exposed - even if it puts his own life in danger....

©2018 Anthony Horowitz (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Roderic
  • Victoria Park, Australia
  • 05-01-2019

Clever and humorous with two great main characters

I enjoyed this book as much as its predecessor. The plot was fine but the excellence came from the style and humour and the interplay with reality surrounding the Anthony Horowitz character.

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Solid sequel

I do so love the meta nature of this series, that blurring of fiction and reality that makes it so different from much of the genre. An interesting story and I was thrilled to see Rory Kinnear back as the narrator as I had very much enjoyed his work on the first book. The narration can make or break an audio version of a novel, and Rory always sits firmly on the ‘make’ side for me.

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Very entertaining. Excellent narrator

Thoroughly enjoyed this second book. Written in such an interesting way with the author as a main character. Really enjoyed Rory Kinnears narration - humorous and very enjoyable.

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Another winner from a master storyteller.

With a background of several award-winning TV shows, a Sherlock Homes follow-on and a James Bond novel (amongst many other books) to his credit, Anthony Horowitz is truly a master storyteller and this book is no disappointment. The narrator perfectly matches the mood and personality of the story and the characters. Hawthorn and Horowitz have a unique relationship which imbues the tale with humour and realism that is maintained throughout. Can't wait for the next in the series...if there is one.

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One of the worst

This detective novel is a reasonably good story but the retelling of it with the faded character of the detective is as boring as hell. What a shame an author such as Anthony Horowitz has had to resort to such a style of writing to churn out books such as this.

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Total Joy!

These books are sheer indulgent pleasure. Brilliantly constructed, beautifully read. Can't wait for more Hawthorne!!!

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  • Mark
  • 17-04-2019

Anthony Horowitz is a top tier author in my librar

Anthony Horowitz is a top tier author in my library. This is another first class effort by Anthony Horowitz and well narrated by Rory Kinnear. The main characters are credible, sometimes humorous and the the stories are plausiblec and entertaining. I'm looking forward to the third in this series.