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The Man on Hackpen Hill
02 Sep 2021 * TRADE PAPERBACK * £14.99 * 9781789541724

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
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Find Me
Forget My Name
The Other You
Also by J.S. Monroe
The Man on Hackpen HillJ.S. Monroe

'Original and brilliantly plotted, with not so much a twist but a seismic shifting of the ground under your feet ... Amazing' Rosamund Lupton
'Impeccably researched ... An unusual mystery told with exceptional skill' Daily Mail

An original, intelligent and twisty thriller set in rural Wiltshire. A dead body in a crop circle sends a coded message. Can DI Silas Hart uncover the chilling truth before it's too late?

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.

'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

Reviews for J.S. Monroe:

'Full of unpredictable twists' The Times
'Intricately woven and heart-stoppingly believable' Clare Mackintosh
'The most ingenious thriller you will read this year' M.J. Arlidge
'Cunning, captivating and creepy' J.P. Delaney
'A tightly coiled and crafted plot' Daily Mail
'Pacy and propulsive' Daily Telegraph
'You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough' Heat
'Clever, imaginative and unusual' 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.


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

'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. The immersive qualities an author who is skilled in the imagery of words and the art of storytelling can engender, makes reading this book both a delight and a troubling experience, at one and the same time. A penetrating and profoundly touching study in human behaviour, encompassing mental health issues and the power of drug-induced mind manipulation, whilst never losing sight of the overarching crime thriller storyline at its core' Fiction Books Blog

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

'An impressive twisty tale' Independent (Thriller of the Month)

PRAISE FOR J.S. MONROE:
'J.S. Monroe has woven an absorbing novel full of unpredictable twists, topped by a savage climax' The Times on Forget My Name.
'Brilliantly original ... Kept me guessing to the very end' Peter James on The Other You.
'Intelligent writing, disturbing and original ideas, and a tightly coiled and crafted plot'
Daily Mail on Find Me

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