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The Kellerby Code

Jonny Sweet

The perfect country house crime novel: Knives Out in book form, packed with deadly charm.

Edward is living in a world he can’t afford and to which he doesn’t belong. To camouflage himself, he has catered to his friends’ needs: fetching drycleaning, sorting flowers for premieres. It’s a noble effort, really – anything to keep his best pals Robert and Stanza happy. In return, his proximity to them might sponge the shame of his birth and violent past cleanly away.

But the chink in his armour is his painfully unrequited love for Stanza. When he realises Stanza and Robert are an item, Edward is pushed too far. His little acts of kindness take a sinister turn, giving way to the unspeakable brutality Edward fears is at his core.

Are there limits to what he will do for his friends? Are there limits to what he will do to them?


Jonny Sweet started out winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009, and in the intervening years, his work has been varied and exceptional. His current projects include his first feature, Wicked Little Letters, starring Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley. He is developing other films, which cannot yet be spoken out loud for Film 4, Studio Canal and The Imaginarium. Meanwhile, he develops and produces TV and film through People Person Pictures, the production company he set up with Simon Bird.


Category:  Fiction: general and literary
ISBN:  9780571379880
Publisher:  Faber & Faber
On sale:  April 2024
Format:  Trade Paperback
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