An unputdownable story of murder, revenge, and betrayal from international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer. The clock is ticking in this rollercoaster ride of a thriller…
In London, the Metropolitan Police set up a new Unsolved Murders Unit – a cold case squad – to catch the criminals nobody else can. In Geneva, millionaire art collector Miles Faulkner – convicted of forgery and theft – was pronounced dead two months ago. So why is his unscrupulous lawyer still representing a dead client?
On a luxury liner en route to New York, the battle for power within a wealthy dynasty is about to turn to murder. And at the heart of all three investigations are Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick, rising star of the Met, and ex-undercover operative Ross Hogan, brought in from the cold. But can they catch the killers before it’s too late?
Jeffrey Archer is one of the world’s most prolific authors, having sold over 275 million copies of his books in a whopping ninety-seven countries. He is also a former member of Britain’s House of Lords. His latest novel, Over My Dead Body, is book #4 in his William Warwick series, however, you don’t need to have read the previous three to enjoy this rollicking cat-and-mouse chase across the globe.
Over My Dead Body is the kind of thriller that is not graphic or gratuitously violent. It instead relies on a colourful cast of inspectors, suspects, and supposedly dead art dealers to propel the mystery forward. It’s set at some point during the 1980s, giving it the feel of an old-school detective mystery, before the advent of contemporary policing technologies. In fact, the book opens with DCI William Warwick and his wife holidaying on a luxury cruise before they are rudely thrown into a murder investigation on board — if you think this sounds like an Agatha Christie plot, you’d be right.
The book follows its multiple protagonists on their globe-trotting investigations, from Geneva to London, Cape Town, and New York. The repartee between Warwick and his colleague Ross Hogan is particularly entertaining. Throw in an underworld art theft and a dodgy art dealer and you have all the ingredients for a fast-paced, high-antics police chase.
Over My Dead Body will appeal to lovers of thrillers and police mysteries that are on the lighter side. It’s a rapidly digestible new read from Archer.