Michael Marshall novels

KILLER MOVE now out in US paperback!

For editions in non-English languages, please see the Full Bibliography page.

PLEASE NOTE: Synopses may contain spoilers for series novels.

Killer Move [2011]

Killer Move (UK)

Killer Move (US)

Editions: Orion (UK) Hb ISBN 978-1409133247
William Morrow (US) Hb ISBN 978-0061434426
Ordering: Amazon.co.uk Hb
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Stephen King hailed Michael Marshall's novel Straw Men as “a masterpiece . . . brilliantly written and scary as hell.” Now, Marshall returns with this latest unnerving tale—a creepy, fast-paced thriller that grips you from the first page straight through to its shocking end.

Bill Moore already has a lot, but he wants more... much more.

He's got a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida Keys, a successful wife, a good marriage, a beautiful house. He also has a five-year plan for supersuccess, but that plan has begun to drag into its sixth year without reaping its intended rewards. So now Bill's starting to mix it up—just a little—to accelerate his way into the future that he knows he deserves.

Then one morning Bill arrives at work to find a card waiting for him, with no indication who it's from or why it was sent. Its message is just one word: modified.

From that moment on, Bill's life begins to change.

At first, nothing seems very different. But when things begin to unwind rapidly, and one after another, people around Bill start to die, it becomes increasingly clear that someone somewhere has a very different plan for Bill's future.

Confused and angry, Bill begins to fight against this unseen force until he comes to a terrifying, inescapable realization: Once modified, there's no going back.

Bad Things [2009]

Bad Things (UK)

Bad Things (US)

Editions: HarperCollins (UK) Hb ISBN 978-0007209989
William Morrow (US) Hb ISBN 978-0061434402
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On a beautiful summer's afternoon four-year-old Scott Henderson walked out onto a jetty over a lake in Black Ridge, Washington State. He never came back.

John Henderson's world ended that day, but three years later he's still alive. Living a life, of sorts. Getting by. Until one night he receives an email from a stranger who claims to know what happened to his son.

Against his better judgement Henderson returns to Black Ridge, unleashing a terrifying sequence of events that threatens to destroy what remains of everything he once held dear.

Bad things don't just happen to other people - they're waiting around the corner for you too. And when they start to make their way in through the cracks in your life, you won't know until it's far too late...

The Intruders [2007]

The Intruders (UK)

The Intruders (US)

Editions: HarperCollins (UK) Hb ISBN 0007209975
William Morrow (US) Hb ISBN 0061235024
Ordering: Amazon.co.uk Hb
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Barnes & Noble Hb


Jack Whalen was an LAPD patrol cop for twelve years. He left under a cloud and now he's not sure what he is. One thing he does know is that he loves his wife, Amy. So when she goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, Jack sets out to seaarch for her, only to discover something far more mysterious is going on.

Jack is contacted by a childhood acquaintance, Gary Fisher. Fisher, now a lawyer, wants help in solving a puzzle thrown up by a business man's will - but is there more to Gary's sudden reappearance in Jack's life than he's letting on?

Meanwhile a ten-year-old girl goes missing after an encounter with a sinister stranger. It gradually becomes clear, however, that she's very far from defenseless...

Searching for answers in the dark secrets of a past that still haunts im, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.

Nominated for the Steel Dagger Award, 2008.

Blood of Angels [2005]

Blood of Angels (UK)

Blood of Angels (US)

Editions: HarperCollins (UK) Hb ISBN 0007163967
Jove (US) Jove (US) Pb ISBN 0515140082
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Ward Hopkins' past come backs to haunt him with a vengeance when an ex-CIA colleague tracks him down, desperate for help in solving a bizarre series of events.

Meanwhile Ward's brother, the serial killer known as the Upright Man, has escaped from prison - where he was awaiting trial for murders beyond number. And Hopkins' erstwhile ally, former homicide cop John Zandt, is still on the trail of the organization which killed his daughter and Ward's parents. The further John investigates, the more extraordinary the secrets he uncovers.

The shadows are gathering, and across America sinister forces are stirring. Only Ward, John and FBI agent Nina Baynam stand against this tide, and against the Upright Man - who now has a grudge against just about everyone in the world. It's only a question of where the next killings will start, and whether they will ever stop.

The Lonely Dead (UK) / The Upright Man (US) [2004]

The Lonely Dead (UK)

The Upright Man (US)

Editions: HarperCollins (UK) Hb ISBN 0007163940
Jove (US) Pb ISBN 0515136387
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A guilty man walks alone into the cold mountain forests of Washington State, aiming never to return. What he finds there starts a chain of events that will quickly spiral out of control.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles a woman' body is discovered, sitting bolt upright in a motel bedroom. She is dead, and her killer has left his mark. It soon becomes clear that he has something to say, and a lot more work to do.

And Ward Hopkins, an ex-CIA agent recovering from the recent shocking death of his parents, is on the trail of his past, tacking down the men who destroyed everything he once held dear, and the murderer whose face he sees every time he looks into the mirror.

These three are ominous strands in a web of deadly secrets, roads to a dark history that should never have been told. There are people who will do anything to protect it. Anything at all. As in life, it's not a matter of who dies. We're all going to die.

What matters is who dies last.

The Straw Men [2002]



Editions: HarperCollins (UK) Pb ISBN 0006499988
Jove (US) Pb ISBN 0515134279
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Sarah tries to struggle, but the man holds her. The scream never makes it out of her throat. 'Nobody's watching,' the man says. 'I made it this way. I can walk where nobody sees.'

Sarah Becker is the fifth girl to be abducted by this maniac. Judging from the state of the bodies that have been found, her long hair will be hacked off and she will be tortured. She has about a week to live.

Former LA homicide detective John Zandt has an inside track on the perpetrator - his own daughter was one of his victims two years ago.

But the key to Sarah's whereabouts lies with Ward Hopkins, a man with a past so secret that not even he knows about it. His parents have just died in a car accident, but they leave Ward a bizarre message that leads him to question everything he once believed to be true.

As he begins to investigate his own past Ward finds himself drawn into the shadowy, sinister world of the Straw Men - and into the desperate race to find Sarah, before her time runs out.