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DANIEL HAWTHORNE

Anthony Horowitz

  • Original Title: DANIEL HAWTHORNE
  • Publication date: September 2017
  • Publisher: CENTURY
  • Country: GB
  • 400 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, Life choice, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence

Pitch

Anthony Horowitz is out of work. So when Daniel Hawthorne asks if he’s interested in writing a book about the case he’s working on, Anthony accepts, though he doesn’t like Hawthorne much, and had no particular interest in working with him again.

Comments

Translation rights sold: Germany, Greece, Russia, Spanish

Longlisted for the 2018 Glass Bell Award
Shortlisted in the RTÉ Radio One’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award category 2017.

It's the first book in a new contemporary crime series, featuring a fictional A. Horowitz.
Book 2, THE SENTENCE IS DEATH, to be published in November, 2018: “This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment, sustained by writing as skilfully light-footed as Fred Astaire.” – Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick.

The structure of the book actually works really well: the concept of a crime author following around one of those typically difficult, irascible detectives is a refreshing take on the genre.

Anthony Horowitz is a very well known best seller writer and screennwriter. His work for young adult readers includes THE DIAMOND BROTHERS series, the ALEX RIDER series, and THE POWER OF FIVE series (aka The Gatekeepers). His work for adults includes the novel and play MINDGAME (2001), and two Sherlock Holmes novels THE HOUSE OF SILK (2011) and MORIARTY (2014). He is the most recent author chosen to write a James Bond novel by the Ian Fleming estate, titled TRIGGER MORTIS. He has also written extensively for television, contributing numerous scripts to ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot and Midsomer Murders. He was the creator and principal writer of the ITV series Foyle's War, Collision and Injustice.

Summary

Book 1: THE WORD IS MURDER

Anthony Horowitz is out of work. Foyles War has finished, his latest novel won’t be published for another nine months, and the film script he’s been working on has just been rejected by Steven Spielberg. So when Daniel Hawthorne, a former detective inspector for the Met who consulted on a television series Anthony wrote for ITV, asks if he’s interested in writing a book about the case he’s working on, Anthony accepts, though he doesn’t like Hawthorne much, and had no particular interest in working with him again. As details of the case unfold, Anthony begins to see that he’s accepted a greater challenge than he’d originally presumed. He is meant to be Watson to Hawthorne’s Holmes. So why does he get the feeling that the detective isn’t letting on all that he knows?

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  • Author’s biography

    Anthony Horowitz, OBE (born 5 April 1955) is an English novelist and screenwriter specialising in mystery and suspense.

    His work for young adult readers includes THE DIAMOND BROTHERS series, the ALEX RIDER series, and THE POWER OF FIVE series (aka The Gatekeepers).
    His work for adults includes the novel and play MINDGAME (2001), and two Sherlock Holmes novels THE HOUSE OF SILK (2011) and MORIARTY (2014). He is the most recent author chosen to write a James Bond novel by the Ian Fleming estate, titled TRIGGER MORTIS.

    He has also written extensively for television, contributing numerous scripts to ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot and Midsomer Murders. He was the creator and principal writer of the ITV series Foyle's War, Collision and Injustice.