Stuart Turton with Jeff Ayers — The Last Murder at the End of the World: A Novel

On an isolated island, an astonishing murder triggers a world-ending phenomenon that can only be stopped if the killer is found.


Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Stuart Turton, author of the bestselling novel The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water. Turton will be joined by Jeff Ayers, retired public librarian and the co-author of Leave No Trace: A National Parks Thriller (under the pen name A.J. Landau). This event is free and open to the public.

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About The Last Murder at the End of the World. . .

From the bestselling author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water comes an inventive, high-concept murder mystery set on a isolated island where an astonishing murder triggers a world-ending phenomenon that can only be stopped if the killer is found.

Solve the murder to save what's left of the world.

Outside the island there is nothing: the world was destroyed by a fog that swept the planet, killing anyone it touched.

On the island: it is idyllic. One hundred and twenty-two villagers and three scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they're told by the scientists.

Until, to the horror of the islanders, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death. And then they learn that the murder has triggered a lowering of the security system around the island, the only thing that was keeping the fog at bay. If the murder isn't solved within 107 hours, the fog will smother the island - and everyone on it.

But the security system has also wiped everyone's memories of exactly what happened the night before, which means that someone on the island is a murderer - and they don't even know it.

And the clock is ticking. 

 

Praise for The Last Murder at the End of the World. . .

"A mind-bending, genre-blending, boy-that-ending mystery unlike any I've ever read...as though Agatha Christie and Stephen King had jointly rebooted Lost."
A.J. Finn

"Stuart Turton’s literary pyrotechnics are on full display in this magnificently sly novel. Part Holmesian deduction, part Shyamalan level twists—Turton somehow manages to reinvent both himself and the mystery genre with every book. An absolute blast."
Benjamin Stevenson

"Stu Turton is the master of intricately plotted, brilliantly imaginative murder mysteries. His latest delivers all that wonderful head-scratching complexity in a darkly drawn future world with a message about what makes us human at its heart. I loved it."
C. J. Tudor

"An extraordinary novel. Midsommar meets Station Eleven meets The Mist meets a fresh post-apocalyptic murder mystery. Audacious and utterly mind-blowing. Stu Turton is one of the most inventive writers working today."
Will Dean


Stuart Turton lives in West London with his wife and two daughters. His first novel, The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, is a national bestseller and has sold over a million copies in the United States. His second thriller, The Devil and the Dark Water, received four starred reviews and was praised as“compulsively readable” by The New York Times. His latest book The Last Murder at the End of the World will be available on May 21. Stuart is not to be trusted—in the nicest possible way. (Photo credit: Charlotte Graham)

Jeff Ayers is the author of several books, and his first was a guide to the world of Star Trek novels for Simon and Schuster, Voyages of Imagination. He read over 550 books for that project and interviewed more than 350 people, including William Shatner and John DeLancie. He has been a book reviewer for The Associated Press and Booklist and currently reviews for Criminal Element, Library Journal, and firstCLUE. Jeff has interviewed hundreds of authors in newspapers, podcasts, and magazines. He is a retired public librarian and the Co-Executive Director of Thrillerfest for International Thriller Writers. In addition to writing thrillers about National Parks with Jon Land under the name A.J. Landau, Jeff is under contract for a nonfiction book at Grand Central Publishing.


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