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Head of Zeus
The Last Commandment
The Last Commandment by Scott Shepherd

A transatlantic serial killer thriller with a twist of Biblical proportions.

Christmas in London: a period of joy and togetherness. Not for Metropolitan Police Commander Austin Grant, though. Three dead bodies have turned up on his patch, and the only thing they have in common is a number carved into their foreheads.

With the victims including a professor of ancient mythology, a sculptor of curious idols, and lead vocalist of The Blasphemers. It seems the killer is meting out their own version of Biblical justice, punishing those who transgress the Ten Commandments. With seven commandments left, Grant puts the Met's best detectives on the case.

But soon enough, a fourth victim turns up. In New York City. It appears Grant has a transatlantic manhunt on his hands. Can he stop this terrifying zealot before they strike again?

Reviews for The Last Commandment:

'Gory but gripping.' Daily Mail
'An enthralling mystery.' Karin Slaughter
'A gem of a thriller, not to be missed.' Michael Koryta
'A real corker.' Booklist
'A riveting and wondrously satisfying thriller.' May Cobb
'Ingeniously constructed and breathlessly told... Scott Shepherd at his gripping best.' Charles Ardai

Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book * Crime Fiction
03 Feb 2022 * 368pp * £5.99 * 9781801104708
'Gory but gripping, Shepherd never allows the pace to slow, and the climax is suitably Old Testament'
Daily Mail
'A serial killer novel with just the right amount of intensity, suspense and a clever murderer who always seems to be one step ahead of everybody else'
'A serial killer seems to be taking his cues from Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen... A fast-paced tale that weds its golden-age homage to some serious violence. Sinners beware'
Kirkus Reviews
'Scott Shepherd is a marvelous storyteller, and The Last Commandment is further proof of his abilities. Smart, funny, and layered with a terrific sense of time and place, the story rockets from one twist to the next while always deepening the questions of family, trust, and the weight of old sins. A gem of a thriller, not to be missed'
Michael Koryta
'An enthralling mystery that will hook you on the very first page and keep you turning until the last. Shepherd's signature storytelling is on full display'
Karin Slaughter
'A twisty, turny, globetrotting tale filled with mystery and suspense'
F. Paul Wilson
'Ingeniously constructed and breathlessly told, The Last Commandment is Scott Shepherd at his gripping best'
Charles Ardai
'An engrossing, fast-paced story with several unforeseen twists. Well worth reading'
Bishop's Stortford Independent
'A fast-moving police procedural... The action is non-stop, the pace doesn't falter and it makes for a quick read... This is the first in a series and readers will be looking forward to the second book'
Promoting Crime Fiction
Scott Shepherd
Scott Shepherd
Scott Shepherd is a veteran writer/producer/show-runner with years of experience running network series; his production and screenwriting credits include The Equalizer, Miami Vice, and Quantum Leap. Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, he studied English at Stanford University and currently teaches television writing at the University of Texas in Austin. Follow Scott at and @MyWritersLife.
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