The Poison Artist
As his sear ...more
1. Who doctored the machine so that it didn't show all the chemical evidence - was that Emmeline?
2. Why was she framing Caleb for the murders?
3. Who was putting the samples in the fridge? (hide spoiler)]
Dr. Caleb Maddox is a toxicologist in San Francisco. He has just gone through a bad breakup. This breakup sets off a chain of events that leads to dead bodies, alcohol, more alcohol and a mysterious woman, and boy is she mysterious!
My Goodreads friends are totally right! Boy oh boy is this creepy! I had goosebumps fo ...more
An atmospheric San Francisco is the setting for this DARK super creepy, slowly unfolding, frightfully good haunted story of toxicologist Caleb Maddox.
Painstakingly distressed over the violent and recent breakup with his live-in girlfriend, Caleb decides to wallow his troubles away in drink when a mysterious woman in black sits down next to him awakening a DARK buried desire and setting him on a path of wicked dreams and forgotten memories.
With secrets on top of secrets, this...more
Caleb Maddox is a toxicologist who just wants to drown his sorrows after an ugly breakup with his girlfriend. At a bar he meets the beautiful and bewitching Emmeline who has a taste for absinthe but then vanishes into the night. Caleb is instantly obsessed and determined to find her, but he finds himself getting drawn into the investigation of several murders when he tries to track her down.
Nothing good happens when you start chasing t ...more
The mans name is Caleb and he is a toxicologist who is helping his longtime friend Henry, who is the medical examiner. Th ...more
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Hundreds and hundreds of flyers shoved into the hands of passing strangers, tacked onto wooden poles, stapled onto laundromat bulletin boards. Have you seen this missing man and many, many others like him?
San Francisco boasts of a beautiful bay and an enticing, jaw-dropping view. That is until the nudge of a floating body comes alongside your boat. Well-dressed, successful men who have come to a very, very bad end. And the medical examiner, Henry, is perplexed as to why the ...more
“The Poison Artist” is a dark and brooding urban noir thriller about Caleb Maddox, a man with a troubled past who runs the toxicology research lab at UCSF. Caleb is struggling with a recent breakup with his long-term girlfriend and work pressures when a mysterious femme fatale insinuates herself into his life. At the same time, Caleb’s friend Henry, a m ...more
Wow, oh wow!! This is exactly the type of psychological thriller that I love. It is so well written and kept me guessing right up until the end. It was taut, creepy, spine tingling and kept the adrenaline flowing throughout the read. No blood, guts or gore which I have a hard time with. The tension is all about the the incredible way the killer is doing away with the victims.
Caleb is a scientist who is currently rese ...more
It was just bland and the characters so uninteresting. This was a huge disappointment after a lot of hype. I literally persisted but didn't enjoy it. Next please!
2 stars as I really didn't like the book at all or think it anything special compared to ...more
The Poison Artist is a hallucinatory noir/thriller/mystery novel written by attorney and seasoned author: Jonathan Moore. The Poison Artist started out feeling first and foremost like pretty dry detective fiction in my opinion, but eerie events, slowly revealed character history, and random appearances from a silent-film styled vixen created creepy suspense with several doses of mysterious sensuality. The flow of the story is pretty slow-going but it definitely ends with a bang that I didn't ...more
This review will be relatively short, as it's hard to say much without giving away spoilers.
The main character is Caleb Maddox, who's a chemist/scientist in San Francisco, studying, amongst other things, a way to quantify pain thresholds. He's recently broken up with his partner and finds himself drifting, most of the time in a state of inebriation. He's recently discovered a fondness for absinthe. There's also a ...more
This was a five star for me very early on but this low average kept niggling in the back of my mind, worrying me that as good as this was going, eventually Moore was going to crap the bed on this one.
I absolutely loved Jonathan Moore's writing. His storytelling has a lot of depth: a skilled mixture of plotlines, all the while brilliantly holding back some of Caleb's history, which made this such an enticing read right up until th ...more
I will say Moore’s San Francisco setting is atmospheric and enjoyably noirish, and his writing is perfectly fine. However, the characterizations and plot are lackluster.
The main character, Caleb, is unbearably boring, his girlfriend Bridget is ...more
I had high expectations for this book, based on the 4 and 5 star ratings and reviews about how creepy it was. Unfortunately, I just didn't get it.
The first 100 or so pages were just weird and boring to me. I've read plenty of books where you, the reader, are kept in the dark about what's really going on and things are revealed bit by bit. However, for the majority of this story, I felt like I was stumbling around in the dark and fog as much as Caleb was. Yo ...more
I was hooked from the very first page. It felt like walking through fog -which is in fact a constant companion in the atmospheric San Francisco setting. Step by step, we go into the life of toxicologist Caleb Maddox. At first we just get a glimpse of things. Vague images. Shadows. Then, characters appear, questions arise, secrets from the past emerge. Mystery turns into murder, which then turns into something else.
I enjoyed the detailed portrayal of the venues and certain ...more
Highly recommended. 4.5 stars.
A warning: If you are ever in a bar and you are approached by a woman wearing a filmy black dress who drinks absinthe, don't bother to abandon all hope. It was too late years ago. ...more
Caleb is a scientist who is basically falling apart. An incident from his childhood haunts him and despite his intelligence and scientific training he really is a bit of a mess. Working currently on a project about pain, he meets and becomes obsessed with an enigmatic woman he meets one night out drinki ...more
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His third novel, THE POISON ARTIST, was a selection of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. His novel THE NIGHT MARKET was optioned as a feature film by Amazon Studios and Mandeville Films, and his books have been translated into 12 languages.
Before graduating from law school in New Orleans, he lived in Taiwan for three years ...more