Eight Perfect Murders

Version: Unabridged
Author: Peter Swanson
Narrator: Graham Halstead
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published In: March 2020
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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'Fiendish good fun.' —Anthony Horowitz

From the hugely talented author of Before She Knew Him comes a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction’s most ingenious murders.

Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. There is killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.

Reviews (2)

Written by Michael C. on April 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A whole unsatisfying ending; one whose outcome cannot be deduced as is proper in mystery novels; I will not spoil the book for those of you who chose to read it, but suffice it to say; the author here makes several errors in story telling on purpose to drive suspense and trick the reader; quite frustrating.

Written by Anonymous on March 7th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Interesting story line well read. This is more a psychological murder mystery than a who-done-it filled with the telling of plots from actual mystery books. Very enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Swanson, Peter

Peter Swanson is the author of The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. He has degrees from Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College. He lives with his wife in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he is at work on his next novel.