Nothing Like the Night

Detective Stella Mooney Novels (Volume 2)

David Lawrence

Minotaur Books

Once she had been beautiful. Now she was eight days dead, her body slashed with more than fifty cuts.

Janis Parker - young, successful and glamorous - had shared her modern Notting Hill apartment with flatmate Stephanie James. But now Janis is dead - and Stephanie has disappeared.

Heading up the investigation, Detective Stella Mooney soon has her first suspect, in the shape of Mark Ross - Stephanie's boyfriend and Janis's secret lover . . .

But then another body is discovered - slashed fifty times.

Clearly these are no domestic killings. It seems Stella and her team are looking for that most dangerous of creatures: a killer who hunts to feed a terrible appetite.

But the truth is they are up against something even more terrifying. . .


Praise for Nothing Like the Night

Praise for David Lawrence and the Detective Stella Mooney Series

Nothing Like the Night
"Unique . . . Lawrence's stylish, intelligent prose and complex characters mark him as a rising star."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Gripping . . . an addictive story."
- Publishers Weekly

"A place of near-Dickensian squalor . . . this dense and potent procedural belongs in the hands of Ian Rankin readers."
- Booklist

"Terrific protagonist . . . Stella's personal life adds depth into her personality. . . . Subgenre fans will appreciate this exceptional tale."
- Midwest Book Review

The Dead Sit Round in a Ring
"Intricate plotting and cascading suspense mark Lawrence's excellent debut....Readers are sure to want to see more of the memorable Stella"
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brash, complex, and beautifully written. An auspicious series debut."
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"There isn't a single false note in this striking debut, which earns pride of place deep in the darkest circle of noir, down past Ian Rankin and John Harvey to the shadows where lurk Ken Bruen and Derek Raymond."
- Booklist (starred review)

"Lawrence, a published poet, writes with a delicacy and restraint rare in the genre....A voice you want to hear again."
- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"With John Harvey's Charlie Resnick out to pasture and Ian Rankin's John Rebus getting a bit too big for his britches, where are the tough new Brit coppers coming from? Try this highly touted first mystery."
- Chicago Tribune

"Stylish...punchy, quick moving prose.... The plotting is slick and well paced, the writing smooth, and the characters, especially Mooney herself, are complex. By the end of this novel you will want to know more about this woman."
- Mystery News

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  • David Lawrence

  • David Lawrence, in addition to being a talented novelist, is also an acclaimed poet and highly successful scriptwriter. The Dead Sit Round in a Ring was his first Detective Stella Mooney novel; Nothing Like the Night is the second. The author lives in southwest London and is hard at work on the next book in the series, which Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur will publish next year.





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    Nothing Like the Night

    Detective Stella Mooney Novels

    David Lawrence

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