The Last Murder at the End of the World

A Novel

by Stuart Turton

On Sale: 05/21/2024

The Last Murder at the End of the World

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The Last Murder at the End of the World

A Novel

by Stuart Turton

On Sale: 05/21/2024


About the Book

From the bestselling author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water comes an inventive, high-concept murder mystery: an ingenious puzzle, an extraordinary backdrop and an audacious solution.

Solve the murder to save what’s left of the world.

Beyond the island there is nothing: the world was destroyed by a fog that swept the planet, killing anyone it touched.

On the island it is idyllic: 122 villagers and three scientists living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they’re told by the scientists.

Until, to the islanders’ horror, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death. And then they learn that the murder has triggered a lowering of the island’s security system, the only thing that is keeping the fog at bay. If the murder isn’t solved within ninety-two hours, the fog will smother the island―and everyone on it.

But the security system has also wiped out everyone’s memory of exactly what happened the night before—which means that someone on the island is a murderer―and they don’t even know it.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.

Critical Praise

“Stuart Turton’s literary pyrotechnics are on full display in this magnificently sly novel. Part Holmesian deduction, part Shyamalan-level twists—Turton somehow manages to reinvent both himself and the mystery genre with every book. An absolute blast.”  — Benjamin Stevenson, author of Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

“An extraordinary novel. Midsommar meets Station Eleven meets The Mist meets a fresh post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Audacious and utterly mind-blowing. Stu Turton is one of the most inventive writers working today.”  — Will Dean, author of The Last Thing to Burn

“Stu Turton is the master of intricately plotted, brilliantly imaginative murder mysteries. His latest delivers all that wonderful head-scratching complexity in a darkly drawn future world with a message about what makes us human at its heart. I loved it.”  — C. J. Tudor, author of The Burning Girls

“Stu Turton has done it again with The Last Murder at the End of The World, the mad, alchemy-embracing bastard. A murder-mystery wrapped in a sci-fi allegory, it’s utterly gripping, constantly confounding, and will be another monster hit.”  — Adam Simcox, author of the Dying Squad trilogy

“Even better than The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Turton’s cemented his reputation as the king of the mind-blowing mystery.”  — Gareth Rubin, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Turnglass

“A mind-bending, genre-blending, boy-that-ending mystery unlike any I've ever read (and I've read Stuart Turton's earlier books)—as though Agatha Christie and Stephen King had jointly rebooted Lost.” — A.J. Finn, author of End of Story and The Woman in the Window

“Turton has created a complex world and characters in a page-turner centered on what it means to be human and whether those qualities are worth preserving.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“A dazzling post-apocalyptic thriller that blossoms into a race against time whodunit.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dazzling and mind-boggling…an extraordinary, thought-provoking book.” — Booklist (starred review)

“A fresh twist on dystopian fiction with its share of surprises.” — Kirkus Reviews

“I was engrossed in this high-concept thriller & can’t wait to see what Turton does next.” — The Guardian


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443466622
  • ISBN 10: 144346662X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/21/2024
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:25.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

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