Publication Date: 01/09/2022 ISBN: 9780008547615 Category:

Sometimes People Die

Simon Stephenson

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 01/09/2022 ISBN: 9780008547615 Category:




‘A riveting read’ Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Year

‘A smartly-paced thriller’ Evening Standard

‘Dramatic, unnerving… exceptional’ The Sun

*A NEW YORK TIMES Editor’s Pick*
*THE SUNDAY TIMES’ Crime Book of the Year*
*THE GUARDIAN’s Best Recent Crime and Thrillers*
*THE EVENING STANDARD’s Best New Books of 2022*
*THE TIMES’ Best Crime Books of 2022*

The year is 1999. Returning to practice after a suspension for stealing opioids, a young Scottish doctor takes the only job he can find: a post as a senior house officer in the struggling east London hospital of St Luke’s.

Amid the maelstrom of sick patients, over-worked staff and underfunded wards a darker secret soon declares itself: too many patients are dying.

Which of the medical professionals our protagonist has encountered is behind the murders? And can our unnamed narrator’s version of the events be trusted?

‘A delightful read. The serial killer plotline is an added bonus. I loved it’ Kathy Reichs, the #1 New York Times bestseller

Publisher Review

'An under-stated serial killer thriller about a junior doctor recovering from opioid addiction who takes a job at a Hackney hospital in 1999 and falls under suspicion when 'excess' patients start dying. Stephenson intervweaves first-person narration delineating the daily dramas of life on the wards with real historical cases. Combining the dark humour of Adam Kay with the intrigue of a whodunnit, this cerebral mystery probes the 'paradox of healthcare murder''The Bookseller 'The witty writing, quirky protagonist, and anecdotal descriptions of real-life medical villains combine to make Sometimes People Die a delightful read. The serial killer plotline is an added bonus. I loved it' Kathy Reichs, the #1 New York Times bestseller 'Sometimes People Die blew me away and cost me a night's sleep as I read it on tenterhooks. Both a revelatory glimpse into the rigours and strains of medicine and a thrilling piece of entertainment, this astounding novel announces the arrival of a new Michael Crichton for the zeitgeist' Ken Bruen, author of The Guards 'Dark and haunting, powerful and propulsive, Sometimes People Die is a smart, cinematic, tour de force written by an exceptional talent. Simon Stephenson's debut novel is simply unputdownable' Lara Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept 'Simon Stephenson gives us a medical thriller that echoes Robin Cook by way of Edgar Allan Poe, with a lying, cowardly, mediocre doctor as our guide to St. Luke's Hospital, where the staff have lives in their hands and death under their thumbs. As the mystery spirals and the bodies pile, his cynical charm and black humor will draw you in. You'll trust him to get you through it. But should you?' Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell, New York Times bestselling authors of Working Stiff and First Cut

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