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The Man on Hackpen Hill
02 Sep 2021 * HARDBACK * £18.99 * 9781789541717

DI Silas Hart investigates a murder in a crop circle in Wiltshire, in the new high-concept thriller from J.S. Monroe.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 464 pages  Format: 228 x 145 mm
Exclusive: GB AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: CA US
Find Me
Forget My Name
The Other You
Also by J.S. Monroe
The Man on Hackpen HillJ.S. Monroe

THE ORIGINAL AND TWISTY INDEPENDENT THRILLER OF THE MONTH

In a world full of lies, the search for truth is a deadly game...

It isn't unusual for crop circles to appear overnight on Hackpen Hill. In this part of Wiltshire, where golden wheat fields stretch for miles, the locals have got used to discovering strange mathematical patterns stamped into the earth.

But this time, it's different. Not only because this particular design of dramatic spiralling hexagons has never been seen before. But because of the dead body positioned precisely in the centre of the circle. DI Silas Hart, of Swindon Police, is at a loss.

Only Jim, a scientist at secretive government laboratory Porton Down, knows the chilling truth about the man on Hackpen Hill. And he wants Bella, a trainee journalist on her first ever story, to tell the world. But Silas has other ideas – and a boss intent on a cover up.

As Bella and Jim race against time, dark forces conspire against them, leading them to confront the reality of their own past and a world in which nothing is as it seems.

'Original and brilliantly plotted, with not so much a twist but a seismic shifting of the ground under your feet ... Amazing' Rosamund Lupton

'A kind of Wiltshire Da Vinci Code, with crop circles, mathematical equations and shadowy figures from Porton Down. A real page turner written with beguiling wit' Tom Bradby

'An impressive, twisty tale' Independent

'Impeccably researched ... An unusual mystery told with exceptional skill' Daily Mail

J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. His psychological thriller Find Me became a bestseller in 2017, and, under the name Jon Stock, he is also the author of five spy thrillers. He lives in Wiltshire, with his wife and children.

Author has now sold over 200,000 copies of his previous books, Find Me, Forget My Name and The Other You.

Find Me was a top-ten bestseller in Ireland.

MARKET: M.J. Arlidge; M.W. Craven; Peter James; Gytha Lodge.


Original and brilliantly plotted, with not so much a twist but a seismic shifting of the ground under your feet ... Amazing' Rosamund Lupton, author of Three Hours

'An impressive twisty tale' Independent

A kind of Wiltshire Da Vinci Code, with crop circles, mathematical equations and shadowy figures from Porton Down. A real page turner written with beguiling wit' Tom Bradby

'Impeccably researched ... An unusual mystery told with exceptional skill' Daily Mail

'A tale of chilling proportions, which plays with the minds and emotions of protagonists and readers alike ... Supremely dark and intensely multi-faceted; wonderfully researched and authentic; compelling and gripping; sympathetically nuanced and told with real heart' Fiction Books Blog

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