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Head of Zeus
The Honeymoon Trap by Peter Swanson
 Death Sentences: Short Stories to Die For, 42

The exciting new title in the Death Sentences series of mysteries set in the world of books. A marriage straight out of a crime novel is key to this darkly exciting novella from New York Times bestseller Peter Swanson.

The moment that he arrives on his honeymoon with new bride Alice, mystery reader Henry is struck by a keen sense of déjà vu. The shelves of his New England lakehouse retreat are lined with vintage paperbacks of the crime fiction authors he grew up reading: John D. MacDonald, Patricia Highsmith, Rex Stout, and more. Nestled into a row of Henry's favorites, he discovers something completely unknown to him: a lurid-looking book called The Honeymoon Trap. And while nothing excites him more than revisiting the novels he loves, he is unable to resist the allure of the unfamiliar item.

Yet as he reads it, Henry's sense of the uncanny returns. Some details are different, but much of the plot seems to resemble his own situation, illuminating deadly possibilities that the groom had never considered before. How well does he truly know the woman with whom he now shares a bed, the woman who has acted strangely and suspiciously ever since they arrived?

The truth becomes increasingly difficult to discern, but to Henry, one thing is certain: he's fallen into a trap, and the novel is his only means of escape.

Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book * Crime Fiction
08 Dec 2022 * 89pp * £1.99 * 9781804547366
'Swanson is emerging as the king of the classic mystery revival'
Toronto Globe and Mail
'Ingenious plotting and a clear, precise writing style'
Associated Press
'[Peter Swanson] keeps getting better with each new book he writes'

Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson
Peter Swanson is the Sunday Times and New York Times best selling author of novels including The Kind Worth Killing, winner of the New England Society Book Award, and finalist for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, Her Every Fear, an NPR book of the year; and his most recent, Nine Lives. His books have been translated into over 30 languages, and his stories, poetry, and features have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Guardian amongst others. A graduate of Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College, he lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and cat.
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