Countdown to a Killing

Tom McAulay

The cover of Countdown to a Killing depicting four views through windows

Wen Li, an anxious young woman who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, is tormented by an incessant fear that she might have homicidal impulses. Wen falls for her self-absorbed colleague, Lomax Clipper, who is writing a whodunnit in his spare time. Lomax is pining for Italy and a Sicilian woman he met while on secondment, despite his recurring nightmare about someone being killed on a picturesque street in Palermo.


Wen and Lomax both loathe their boss, Julian Pickering, who, unbeknown to them, is struggling... as is Fifi de Angelis, a vulnerable man who has been ostracised by his family. Packed with humour, heartache and suspense, this contemporary take on the epistolary novel interweaves the different perspectives of characters whose lives become increasingly entangled.


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