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The Last Red Death

Praise from Paul's fellow crimewriters

The Last Red Death is that rare breed of thriller: a ripping page-turner that is also stylish and intelligent. The heart, passions and politics of Greece come absolutely alive under Johnston’s masterful touch’ Jeffery Deaver

The Last Red Death is a compelling, carefully crafted, top-notch thriller. Paul Johnston is playing at the top of his game’ George Pelecanos

‘In this most literary of crime novels, Johnston brilliantly evokes Greece’s turbulent past and murky present. The beauty and horror are skilfully combined to make The Last Red Death a powerful and pacy thriller’ Mark Billingham

‘I loved Paul Johnston’s Quint Dalrymple series, and Alex Mavros is shaping up to be just as good, if not better’ Peter Robinson

What the critics say

‘Fast-moving yet aware of political history, this is a strong story that increases our understanding of modern Greece’ The Independent

‘Tightly paced, it never fails to engage’ The Herald

‘An intriguing story that reveals how past sins can never be erased’ The Good Book Guide

‘An accomplished thriller...Paul Johnston is a polished and talented thriller writer’ Shots

‘A gripping story...as well as being a mine of information on Greece’ Tangled Web

'A bold attempt to incorporate politics and morality into a thriller...Johnston is an ambitious writer' Sunday Times

'Second case for the Scottish/Greek PI Alex Mavros, who is developing into an interesting and attractive personality...an exciting climax' Sunday Telegraph

'Johnston shows how bitter memories of the Second World War still arouse fury in Greece...all his characters are credible, and their experiences give his narrative a sharper edge than any conventional thriller...the character of Mavros and the portrait of Greece make The Last Red Death stand out from the crowd' Times Literary Supplement

'A dense political thriller which probes deep into the heart of Greece's difficult past...the book's progress is aided by its assured sense of place, a dark complex portrayal of Greece in winter...Johnston has proved himself, through seven novels, a fine writer of thrillers' The Scotsman

'As thrilling and original a crime novel as can be imagined…a spellbinding mystery…required reading for all those who aspire to understand the Greece that exists beyond the gleaming hotels and sun blessed beaches.' Athens News

'A wonderfully intricate story, one that any fan of thrillers will definitely enjoy. But what really sets the book apart from the run-of-the-mill thriller is author Paul Johnston's attention to detail with regard to the book's Greece setting....a tribute to Johnston's skill as an author, the historical and political facets of The Last Red Death never derail or bog the story down...rather they are so smoothly incorporated into the story that it seems not only natural, it is absolutely necessary...one of those rare books that entertains and educates, and does both extremely well' Elizabeth A. White, Musings of an All Purpose Monkey

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