The Examiner: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The Examiner: A Novel (Hardcover)


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Told in emails, text messages, and essays, this innovative page-turner follows a group of students in an art master’s program that goes dangerously awry, from the internationally bestselling “new queen of crime” (Electric Literature) Janice Hallett.

Gela Nathaniel, head of Royal Hastings University’s new Multimedia Art course, must find six students from all walks of life across the United Kingdom for her new master’s program before the university cuts her funding. The students are nothing but trouble from day one.

There’s Jem, a talented sculptor recently graduated from her university program and eager to make her mark as an artist at any cost. Jonathan, who has little experience in art practice aside from running his family’s gallery. Patrick runs an art supply store, but can barely operate his phone, much less design software. Ludya is a single mother and graphic designer more interested in a paycheck than homework. Cameron is a marketing executive in search of a hobby or a career change. And Alyson, already a successful artist, seems to be overqualified. Finally, there is the examiner, the man hired to grade students’ final works—an art installation for a local cloud-based solutions company that may have an ulterior agenda—and who, in sifting through final essays, texts, and message boards, warns that someone is in danger…or already dead. And nothing about this course has been left up to chance.

With her trademark “unique and exhilarating” (Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot) voice, Janice Hallett weaves a fresh and mind-bending mystery that will keep you guessing until the final page.
Janice Hallett is a former magazine editor, award-winning journalist, and government communications writer. She wrote articles and speeches for, among others, the Cabinet Office, Home Office, and Department for International Development. Her enthusiasm for travel has taken her around the world several times, from Madagascar to the Galapagos, Guatemala to Zimbabwe, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. A playwright and screenwriter, she penned the feminist Shakespearean stage comedy NetherBard and cowrote the feature film Retreat. She lives in London and is the author of The ExaminerThe Mysterious Case of the Alperton AngelsThe AppealThe Christmas Appeal, and The Twyford Code.
Product Details ISBN: 9781668023426
ISBN-10: 1668023423
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 480
Language: English
"Hallett’s unconventional novel proves both creative and astute. Dare we say it? A tour de force.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This utterly clever page turning novel will keep you reading until the very last page—this might be my favorite Janice Hallett book so far!”
—C.L. Miller, author of The Antique Hunter's Guide to Murder

“Insanely readable. Hallett is an absolute original, a complete one-off.”
—Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses

“Another compulsive page-turner from Janice Hallett. Excellent fun! And at least three twists I didn't see coming.”
—Alex Pavesi, author of The Eighth Detective

“Cleverer and twistier than ever! This is Janice Hallett at her very best.”
—Elly Griffiths, author of The Locked Room

“Janice Hallett has done it again. The Examiner is a witty and clever whodunnit that will keep you gripped and guessing until the end. With a wonderful cast of memorable characters, and lots of unexpected twists, I couldn't put it down. Absolutely brilliant.”
—Alice Feeney, author of Daisy Darker