The Death List
by Paul Johnston
Review by Gayle Surrette
Mira Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780778324812
Date: 01 July 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Matt Wells thinks he may have hit bottom: his publisher and agent have dropped him, he's suffering from writer's block, the freelance market for his music reviews is drying up, and his wife divorced him. On the bright side, he's got a new girlfriend, Sarah, a journalist who's smart, sexy, and driven -- much like his ex. He lives close enough to his ex to walk their daughter Lucy to and from school though he's not sure how he'll meet the next rent payment. But instead of looking up when a fan, WD, drops £5,000 through his mail slot, things get complicated, dangerous, and Matt finds that the bottom is much further down than he ever believed possible. From official release/information:
Book Description: Writer's block is nothing compared to the sinister assignment London-based novelist Matt Wells has just received. A chain of seemingly innocent e-mails from a devoted fan turns deadly when Matt discovers the correspondent is a cold-blooded killer with an agenda for murder—and his family and friends are among the scheduled victims.
Under close surveillance, Matt is plunged into a plot more twisted than any he has used in his novels. This is the real thing, and with each killing, the man known as the White Devil tightens his grip by incriminating Matt at the murder scenes. Cast not only as the ghostwriter of his persecutor's terrifying story, but as the victim, Matt needs to risk everything to protect his loved ones. But with the police closing in and his friends being picked off, he is running out of time. The White Devil is out there— and he's watching.