One night in November 2002, PC Billy Tyler is called to a mortuary in Suffolk to guard the body of a notorious child-killer. But in the eerie silence of the hospital, the killer's presence begins to assert itself. A vivid evocation of an extraordinary moment in crime history, "Death of a Murderer" is a dark and gripping meditation on the fears and temptations that haunt us all.
Rupert Thomson is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize.
His sixth novel, The Book of Revelation, was made into a feature film in 2006 by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos.
In 2010 he published a memoir, This Party's Got to Stop, which won the Writers' Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
His new novel, Secrecy, is inspired by the life and work of the unique, eccentric Sicilian wax artist, Gaetano Giulio Zumbo. Reviewing Secrecy in the Financial Times, AN Wilson described the novel as "chillingly brilliant and sinister...masterly", while the Daily Mail called it "bewitching...intensely atmospheric...superb."
Rupert Thomson lived in Barcelona from 2004 to 2010, but he has now returned to London.