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The Last Murder at the End of the World: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The inhabitants of a seemingly idyllic island, perhaps the last people alive on post-apocalyptic Earth, have had their memories stripped of the night before, a night in which their most revered scientist was murdered. Now they have to solve that murder, even if it means finding out they're the suspect, or the victim's failsafe that has protected them from the toxic fog that destroyed the rest of the world will falter and they will all die as well. The 92-hour timeline drops a bevy of fascinating characters into a higher stakes than usual whodunit, with an emotional undercurrent about human resilience that's surprisingly moving. I love a good unreliable narrator, and Turton goes above and beyond with a narrator that's shrouded in mystery as thick as the violent fog closing in on the island that's a character in itself–a perfect community surrounded on all sides by curtains of a menacing deadly fog. The truth is the only thing capable of keeping it at bay. Wholly original, a seamless blend of mystery, science fiction, and dystopia, The Last Murder at the End of the World will change your perception of what a good mystery should look like.

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“A fast-paced thriller set on the last place humanity occupies on planet Earth. A murder has occurred, and the villagers must follow the evidence after all their memories of that night are wiped. A must-read for futuristic mystery fans.”
— Sarah Harmuth Letke, Redbery Books, Cable, WI

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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: an ingenious puzzle, an extraordinary backdrop, and an audacious solution.

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.

About the Author


STUART TURTON is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. Stuart is not to be trusted—in the nicest possible way. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his first novel.

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"[A] dazzling postapocalyptic thriller that blossoms into a race against time whodunit…This dystopian detective story fires on all cylinders." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

"A postapocalyptic sf/fantasy/murder mystery that’s as imaginative as it is dazzling and mind-boggling...An extraordinary, thought-provoking book that will appeal to mystery and sf buffs and general-fiction fans looking for a unique and unforgettable read." — Booklist, STARRED review

"A complex world and characters in a page-turner centered on what it means to be human and whether those qualities are worth preserving." — Library Journal, STARRED review

"A fresh twist on dystopian fiction with its share of surprises." — Kirkus Reviews

"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

"The Last Murder at the End of the World is wildly inventive. Stuart Turton is a unique talent." — M. W. Craven

"A unique, intricate murder mystery absolutely full of heart, The Last Murder at the End of the World is a heartbreaking exploration of what it means to be human." — Vikki Patis

"Believe the hype about this book. I absolutely raced through. Such a great sharp little jigsaw of a sci-fi mystery." — Alice Bell

"Stu Turton has done it again. I finished The Last Murder at the End of the World last night and it might just be his barmiest, cleverest and creepiest mystery yet. Buckle up, because you’ve never read a whodunnit like this one." — Tom Hindle

"Set in a post-apocalyptic world, with a literal village full of incredible characters, this is an original take on the murder mystery and I loved it. Unique, thought-provoking but, above all, addictive." — Louise Hare

"Even better than The Seven ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Turton's cemented his reputation as the king of the mind-blowing mystery." — Gareth Rubin

"Stu Turton has done it again with The Last Murder at the End of the World, the mad, alchemy-embracing bastard. A murder-mystery wrapped in a sci-fi allegory, it's utterly gripping, constantly confounding and will be another monster hit." — Adam Simcox


Product Details
ISBN: 9781728254654
ISBN-10: 1728254655
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: May 21st, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English