'Neil Cross is an astonishing writer -- tautly lyrical and able at a stroke to fill you with cold, dark fear' Time Out
'Neil Cross has created such a compelling character... It was a gift of a part for me to play' IDRIS ELBA, star of Luther and The Wire
'Cross delivers a brooding piece of back-story for fans of the character inhabited by Idris Elba on screen. However, if you're not already a DCI Luther convert, it also serves as a good jumping off point into his tortured world'
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'Written with style, pace and dark humour'
'Neil Cross, the creator of the series, is a seasoned novelist and it shows -- the writing is economical, taut and evocative. This is, quite literally, bloody brilliant'
'Written with style, pace and dark humour hugely fun'
'Unsettling, lyrical... Cross has always dealt in darkness and been so adept at conjuring bogeymen from the catacombs of mythology that you start to see them everywhere'
'This story shares the editing technique and visual power of the screen version. But, more than anything, it's an astounding book in its own right. Unapologetic, brutal and stunning - in the very real sense of that word... If you weren't faint-hearted when you started reading, you'll feel it by the end. Whole passages are carried on an adrenaline wave that leaves the reader shaking and in fear of what comes next. If you don't suffer nightmares after finishing this book, you're a stronger reader than me...
No doubt about it, Cross is an amazing writer, capable of lyricism and pathos as well as some of the most traumatising scenes you're ever likely to experience in a mainstream crime novel'
'This is no mere TV tie-in; this is a fully functioning standalone, and an excellent book in its own right. The drama is often shocking, always visceral. Cross creates a plot which allows us to see the nascence of a beloved character, showcasing his swaggering brilliance as well as his anguish. Luther: The Calling is strongly recommended even to anyone unfamiliar with the series, but to fans, this is an absolute must'
'Luther is to crime fiction what his historical counterpart was to religion. The mystery he is trying to solve is the murder of his own soul by an imperfect world. Fallen from grace but struggling for salvation, Luther's most formidable foe is himself. Gripping, taut fiction by a new master in the genre.'
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'Luther, who is intelligent and almost freakishly intuitive, thus belongs not only to the Sherlock Holmes tradition but also to the newer crime-fiction model elaborated by Thomas Harris in his novels "Red Dragon," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Hannibal."' Terrence Raffety, New York Times
Neil Cross, geboren 1969 in Bristol. Er veröffentlichte mehrere erfolgreiche Romane und arbeitet als Drehbuchautor für das Fernsehen, u.a. schrieb er das Drehbuch zur BBC-Erfolgsserie "Luther". Neil Cross lebt mit seiner Familie in Neuseeland