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"Terrific...highly recommended"

(Adrian McKinty, NYT bestselling author of The Chain)

"Fast-paced...far from predictable...a complex, sophisticated morality play"

(Kirkus, starred review)

"Searing and savage...[A] masterly tale of trauma and retribution"

(Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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"A powerhouse page-turner"

"Just try putting this book down. An original, breathless, compelling debut"

"Gripping and vivid...remarkable"


"An instant classic"

Book of the Year in The Times, Amazon, BBC History Magazine

Winner, Barnes & Noble Discover Award for best fiction

Finalist, Indies Choice Book Awards & HWA Crowns










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Paul Howarth is a British-Australian author and former lawyer. He holds an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.


In 2018 his debut novel Only Killers and Thieves was published to international acclaim, winning the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, being short- or long-listed for many other accolades, and featuring on numerous best books of the year lists.

His next book, Dust Off the Bones, will be published in summer 2021.





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