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The Promised Land [Hardcover]

David Hewson
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4 May 2007

Ex-cop Bierce has been in prison for over twenty years following his conviction for the murders of his wife and son. He has no memory of the tragedy and has never been able to say with certainty that he didn’t do it – except he cannot imagine why on earth he would have killed his beloved family.

Unexpectedly released moments before his execution, he teams up with the beautiful, feisty, half-Chinese Alice Loong, who is seeking answers to her own troubled past and the death of her mother on that same day in 1983. Alice guides Bierce through the strange new world of the twenty-first century, but what secrets is she hiding?

Pursued by mysterious enemies who are convinced that Bierce knows more than he is telling about his wife’s death, the pair embark on a dangerous race against time to uncover the real truth about the events of that fateful day.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405092122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405092128
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 15.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,170,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hewson's novels have been translated into a wide range of languages, from Italian to Japanese, and his debut work, Semana Santa, set in Holy Week Spain, was filmed with Mira Sorvino. Dante's Numbers is his thirteenth published novel.

David was born in Yorkshire in 1953 and left school at the age of seventeen to work as a cub reporter on one of the smallest evening newspapers in the country in Scarborough. Eight years later he was a staff reporter on The Times in London, covering news, business and latterly working as arts correspondent. He worked on the launch of the Independent and was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times for a decade before giving up journalism entirely in 2005 to focus on writing fiction.

Semana Santa won the WH Smith Fresh Talent award for one of the best debut novels of the year in 1996 and was later made into a movie starring Mira Sorvino and Olivier Martinez. Four standalone works followed before A Season for the Dead, the first in a series set in Italy. The seventh Roman novel featuring Nic Costa and his colleagues, Dante's Numbers, appeared in October 2008. At the end of 2006 he signed renewed contracts with Pan Macmillan in the UK and Bantam Dell in the US to extend the series to nine books, running to 2012. The titles are published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.

He has featured regularly on the speaker lists of leading international book events, including the Melbourne and Ottawa writers' festivals, the Harrogate Crime Festival, Thrillerfest, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. He has taught at writing schools around the world and is a regular faculty member for the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference in Corte Madera, California, where he has worked alongside writers such as Martin Cruz Smith and Michael Connelly.

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"Arthur C Clarke is one of the true geniuses of our time." Ray Bradbury "An essential addition to any enthusiast's library." Time Out" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

David Hewson was born in Yorkshire in 1953. He was a journalist from the age of seventeen, working most recently for The Sunday Times. He has also written several novels, as well as a number of travel books. Following his acclaimed Italian crime series, The Promised Land is a stand-alone novel. The author lives in Kent.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel idea 2 Mar 2010
Bierce is an ex-cop on death row for murdering his wife. Trouble is, he can't remember doing it, as he has been heavily sedated since. All he has are brief images of being there in the house when it happened, but he loved her, so why murder her? However, the evidence against him is overwhelming.

Finally, he faces the gas chamber and is executed. He at last enters the Promised Land. Trouble is, it looks rather like the world he left. And why is he being released? Why are the cops letting this convicted murderer, him, free to perhaps kill again?

Bierce heads home and finds a girl in his house. Why is she there? Slowly he pieces together the details of what happened on that fateful night twenty three years earlier. The details point more and more at him as the killer.

In this early David Hewson novel we are left guessing till the very last moment about what really happened to Bierce's wife. The whole novel is like an awful nightmare in which you are trapped into coming to terms with what you might have done in the past and facing your demons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot 26 Mar 2014
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Would have given this excellent plot five stars if the book were better written and had a better end. Nonetheless, it's an original idea and a gripping read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 24 May 2011
I quite enjoyed this far fetched story so typically American in its plot.

Some pretty good characters, an unlikely alliance and unbelievable storyline which proves so popular in films so why not in a novel?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Follow 3 Nov 2007
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If you haven't read Hewson before, don't start with this book. It is a little quirky and the prose and story are kind of hard to follow at times. The Nic Costa series is terrific, but this little venture outside the box didn't really grab me at all.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 22 July 2008
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I have read and listened to many David Hewsons books especially the Nic Costa series and have enjoyed many of them. I am listening to The Promised
Land now and can only say that I can not believe that Mr. Hewson was the author of this book
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