The Book of Murder, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Art imitates life. Or does it? One sleepy Sunday morning in Buenos Aires, the protagonist of Martinez's brilliant new mystery finds himself unexpectedly tangled up in the story of Luciana, a former authors' assistant whom he has not seen for at least ten years, and Kloster, a rival writer - only far more successful; bestselling, in fact.

What he discovers will make him question everything he had always believed - taken for granted - about chance and calculation, cause and effect.

Luciana is desperate. In the decade since she last had anything to do with either of the writers, nearly all her close family have died, in highly unusual circumstances. And Luciana or her sister could be next. Luciana's convinced that her one-time employer Kloster is behind the deaths, punishing her for her part in the break-up of his marriage in a murderous frenzy of revenge worthy of one of his own prodigiously successful crime novels.

But which comes first, murder or novel? Clever and gripping, THE BOOK OF MURDER is a chilling crime story in which the line between fact and fiction suddenly seems blurred.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780349120911



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An enjoyable literary take on a murder mystery. Luciana, who once worked taking dictation from a famous writer, is convinced the writer is conspiring to murder her friends and family after she made accusations against him. It's not really a plot driven story so I shouldn't really mark it down for having a pretty far fetched plot that doesn't really hang together, but in the end I think I do. The ending just seems a bit weak and obvious. I wasn't expecting all the threads to be tied up and the author concluded the book in a tighter manner than I expected. The story does zip along nicely and it's an easy read. It just seemed to be missing something in the end.

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This is a quick read and that’s a good thing. Nothing about any of the characters is compelling other than they all tend to get on one’s nerves a bit at times. It’s an interesting little story, but not much more than that.