Now You See Me

Lacey Flint Novels (Volume 1)

Sharon Bolton

Minotaur Books

Now You See Me is the first in the Lacey Flint series, followed by 2012's Dead Scared and 2013's Lost.

“Bolton is changing the face of crime fiction—if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this.” —Tess Gerritsen on Now You See Me

“Really special: multi-layered and sophisticated, but tough too.” —Lee Child on Now You See Me

One night after interviewing a reluctant witness at a London apartment complex, Lacey Flint, a young detective constable, stumbles onto a woman brutally stabbed just moments before in the building’s darkened parking lot. Within twenty-four hours a reporter receives an anonymous letter that points out alarming similarities between the murder and Jack the Ripper’s first murder—a letter that calls out Lacey by name. If it’s real, and they have a killer bent on re-creating London’s bloody past, history shows they have just five days until the next attempt.

No one believes the connections are anything more than a sadistic killer’s game, not even Lacey, whom the killer seems to be taunting specifically. However, as they investigate the details of the case start reminding her more and more of a part of her past she’d rather keep hidden. And the only way to do that is to catch the killer herself.

Fast paced and completely riveting, S. J. Bolton’s Now You See Me is a modern gothic novel that is nothing less than a masterpiece of suspense fiction.


A Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title and one of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011.



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Praise for Now You See Me

Praise for Now You See Me:

“S. J. Bolton is changing the face of crime fiction—if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this.”
—Tess Gerritsen

Now You See Me is really special: multi-layered and sophisticated, but tough too.”
Lee Child

“Bolton provides excruciating tension and much else. Romantics can drool over Joesbury’s turquoise eyes; amateur psychologists can mull Lacey’s one-nighters; and Ripperologists can ponder theories of Jack’s real identity, one of which helps tie up the plot.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review, One of the Best Mysteries of 2011)

“The twists keep coming, and the truth is not revealed until the final page in Bolton’s best novel yet.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Nice atmosphere and good Ripper lore.”

“Bolton's fourth thriller, a complex psychological puzzler, stands head and shoulders above other such efforts featuring a modern copycat Jack the Ripper. . .Bolton skillfully plays with the reader's expectations.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Excellent. . .Now You See Me is a cerebral thriller that avoids clichés. Each twist and turn is unpredictable as are the fully drawn characters' actions.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

In the Press

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  • Sharon Bolton

  • SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger, and Barry Award nominee. Her fascination with British folklore, especially the dark and haunting side of those legends, fuels her writing. She grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family. This is her fourth novel. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.

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    Now You See Me

    Lacey Flint Novels

    Sharon Bolton

    Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee


    Minotaur Books