Imagine the Hannibal Lecter novels set in Oxford University. The Company of Fellows is a dark psychological thriller set in the heart of England’s oldest university.
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“the plot rattles along at a great pace with enough twists to keep the most restless armchair detective guessing…add another cracking book to the illustrious tales of this most murderous city” (Blackwell’s)
“a dark and quite disturbing thriller…beautifully descriptive and brooding, and I found the Oxford setting and the author’s style made a very pleasant change from the bulk of mainstream thrillers.” (Booked Up)
“The writing style and detail in it were exquisite…perfectly captured the small nuances in body language and personal preference that make all humans unique.” (Big Al’s Books and Pals)
Voted favourite Oxford novel by readers at the world famous Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford
2011 Blackwell’s staff pick of the year
Tommy West. Brilliant academic, until a breakdown 12 years ago. He has reinvented himself as a successful interior designer. His new life is comfortable, in every way, and safe. But life without the intellectual challenge is slowly suffocating him.
Charles Shaw. Outspoken professor of theology. Sensualist. Unpopular with all his colleagues. Loathed by his ex-wife. And, as of five minutes ago, dead.
As a student, Shaw was Tommy’s mentor. Now Tommy must draw on the professor for inspiration one more time in order to find his killer. But all he has to go on are a handful of papers for the controversial research the professor was working on when he died. And the Professor’s 18 year-old daughter Becky, for whom Tommy is the last hope to get some closure on the troubled relationship with her father.
The police are convinced the Professor’s death was a suicide, which should make Tommy’s hunt easier. Only in this case, the police means his ex, Emily Harris, and her sultry sergeant Rosie Lu.
It is soon clear that the truth about the Professor’s death lies buried in the past: somewhere between the night his daughter was born – and her twin sister stillborn – and the day Tommy broke down. But for Tommy the past is a dangerous place, a long way from the safety he has so carefully built for himself. Can he find the answers before time, and his sanity, run out.