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Five Minds

Guy Morpuss

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Pushkin Press
28 September 2021
'This clever, twisty debut really delivers. Gripping, well-written and intriguing on every level' - SARAH PEARSE 'Guy Morpuss is set to become a powerhouse in speculative crime. A feast of a book' - HELEN FIELDS 'Brilliantly inventive. If you liked The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, you'll love this' - EVE SMITH ONE BODY. FIVE MINDS. ONE KILLER.

The Earth's growing population has finally been controlled. Lifespans are limited to eighty years, except for those who make an extreme choice: to become a commune. Five minds sharing one body, living for four hours at a time. But with a combined lifespan of nearly 150 years.

Alex, Kate, Sierra, Ben and Mike are a commune. They have already spent twenty-five years together, arguing, reconciling, alliances shifting and re-forming. They travel to a Death Park where games are played in which extra lifespan can be gambled like money. The plan is to win time to upgrade their next host body. But then Kate accepts a dangerous offer, and one of them disappears.

Someone is trying to kill off members of the commune. Is one of them responsible? Or is someone else playing a deadly game? It's hard enough to catch a murderer. It's almost impossible when you might be sharing a body with them...

This brilliant murder mystery blends classic crime with speculative fiction in a stunning debut.
By:   Guy Morpuss
Imprint:   Pushkin Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export/Airside
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781788165679
ISBN 10:   1788165675
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   28 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Guy Morpuss is a London-based barrister and QC, whose cases have featured drug-taking cyclists, dead Formula 1 champions and aspiring cemetery owners. His favourite books have always involved twists on reality and playing with the consequences, which led to him writing his debut novel about five people sharing one body. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two children. Find him on Twitter @guymorpuss, or at guymorpuss.com.

Reviews for Five Minds

Consider my single mind blown! An astonishing and original concept, deftly executed. This novel cries out for a screen adaptation -- David Jackson, bestselling author of Cry Baby A whip-smart, searing debut with a story which grinds into the mind like cursed clockwork. I really loved it -- Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories A brilliantly inventive, pacy debut with a great premise. A Maze Runner type world of complex death games and riddles that keep you guessing to the very end. If you liked The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, you'll love this -- Eve Smith, author of The Waiting Rooms I loved Five Minds - the worldbuilding of Gibson with the pace of The Running Man. A fantastic ride and a brilliant debut! -- Tim Glister, author of Red Corona After a few pages I was hooked into a new world, manned by workers, andis, hedonists and communes. Imagine an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, The Hunger Games, Sophie's Choice and a whodunit under one cover. I loved it and wouldn't be surprised if it gets optioned for a movie -- Jenny O'Brien, author of <i>Fallen Angel</i> Inventive, innovative and imaginative. Five Minds was a trip that had me thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Utterly mind-bending -- J.M. Hewitt, author of <i>The Night Caller</i>


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