‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late… ’
These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.
Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?
Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.
But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed – even at the risk of death…
A thoroughly entertaining read from an author clearly at the top of his game. The way the author is himself very much part of the story is incredibly entertaining and original. You never quite know at what point he’s drawing from real life experience or making it all up! I was completely fascinated from start to finish and the length of the book was just about perfect. Not too short and not too long, Horowitz has really hit the ball out of the park with this one.
As with most of his books, The Sentence is Death is heavily character driven and as the story progresses Horowitz somehow manages to juggle writing the second book in the Hawthorne trilogy, keep up to date with re writes for Foyle and somehow solve the murder!
At times witty, the writing is intelligent and well crafted. I really enjoyed the red herrings and the Sherlockian deduction that Hawthorne utilises at the end to solve the crime. Very clever and so much fun. The Sentence is Death is well worth a read.
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Century (1 Nov. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178089709X
- ISBN-13: 978-1780897097