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The Word Is Murder


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ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle's War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.


"Actually, the word is not murder, it's ingenious. . . . A masterful meta-mystery." -- Booklist (starred review)"Sharp-witted readers who think they've solved the puzzle early on can rest assured that they've opened only one of many dazzling Christmas packages Horowitz has left beautifully wrapped under the tree." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Deduction and wit are well-balanced, and fans of Peter Lovesey and other modern channelers of the spirit of the golden age of detection will clamor for more." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Horowitz is undeniably brilliant." -- Metro London"The beguiling whodunit plot is dispatched with characteristic elan as Horowitz blurs the line between fiction and reality... there is no denying the sheer ingenuity of the central notion." -- The Financial Times"The Word Is Murder is an intriguing labyrinth of whodunnits and a true page-turner throughout ." -- Real Crime Magazine"An ingenious funhouse mirror of a novel sets a vintage 'cozy' mystery inside a modern frame." -- Wall Street Journal"Irresistible ... What can't this supremely versatile writer do?" -- USA Today"Horowitz succeeds with The Word Is Murder by simultaneously adhering to and defying the rules of a traditional mystery." -- Christian Science Monitor"The Word Is Murder is full of surprises and suspense...hugely entertaining. It is a special treat for those who want to read crime mysteries." -- Washington Post Book Review"The Word Is Murder, with its dry tone and insider anecdotes about publishing and the movie business, is certainly one of the most entertaining mysteries of the year. It's also one of the most stimulating, as it ponders such questions as: Which is of greater interest to the reader, the crime or the detective? And: Is the pencil truly mightier than the butcher knife?" -- Wall Street Journal

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