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The Promised Land Hardcover – 4 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405092122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405092128
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,540,521 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. There are now nine Costa titles published in numerous languages around the world including Chinese and Japanese... and Italian.

David followed these books with three acclaimed adaptations of the award-winning Copenhagen TV crime series The Killing. In 2014 he debuted a new series set in Amsterdam with The House of Dolls. With A.J. Hartley he has also authored two popular adaptations of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet, originally for audio now out in ebook.

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 By VINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Bookworm on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Sanderson on 24 May 2011
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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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