Countdown to a Killing

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Pub Date 07 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 02 Jun 2022

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London, Sicily, Huddersfield 2016–2017: Wen Li is a deeply kind and sensitive twenty-nine-old British-Chinese woman who suffers from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which manifests itself in an incessant, overwhelming fear that she might have murderous impulses. Unlucky in love and emotionally scarred, Wen falls for colleague, Lomax Clipper, a tremendously frustrated and delusional Englishman. He’s in love with a Sicilian young woman he met while working in Italy, but he and Wen do share a mutual loathing of their boss, Julian Ponsonby. Julian’s struggling too – with a toxic relationship and his father’s refusal to accept his sexuality. On his return to Sicily, via a sabbatical, Lomax befriends Fifi de Angelis, a vulnerable Sicilian man with restricted growth who has been ostracised by his family.

An original concept, this is an innovative novel in literary fiction told through interwoven correspondence, emails and WhatsApp messages, with the suspense around an impending murder steadily building, Countdown to a Killing is a deep exploration of multiple perspectives and points of view of individuals who are inextricably bound. The key themes of love, sexuality, ethnicity, mental health and acceptance are sensitively explored in a unique linear year multi-layered and metafictional narrative. Packed with humour, heartache and a cast of expertly-crafted characters, this contemporary take on the epistolary novel will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. 


London, Sicily, Huddersfield 2016–2017: Wen Li is a deeply kind and sensitive twenty-nine-old British-Chinese woman who suffers from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which manifests itself in an...


A Note From the Publisher

This is an uncorrected proof copy. In particular, certain WhatsApp messages are currently shown as one message but will be subdivided into several consecutive messages in the final version

This is an uncorrected proof copy. In particular, certain WhatsApp messages are currently shown as one message but will be subdivided into several consecutive messages in the final version


Advance Praise

Sad, funny, thrilling, and disturbing, an original novel that tells the story of an eclectic group of characters whose lives are intertwined forever...

Sad, funny, thrilling, and disturbing, an original novel that tells the story of an eclectic group of characters whose lives are intertwined forever...


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