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Johnston, Paul 1957-

Works: 45 works in 267 publications in 10 languages and 7,231 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Science fiction  Political fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English  Dystopian fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6060.O417, 823.914
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The death list by Paul Johnston( Book )
25 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,106 libraries worldwide
Writer's block is nothing compared to the sinister assignment London-based novelist Matt Wells has just received. A chain of seemingly innocent e-mails from a devoted fan turns deadly when Matt discovers the correspondent is a cold-blooded killer with an agenda for murder--and Matt's own family and friends are among the scheduled victims. Under close surveillance, Matt is plunged into a plot more twisted than any he has used in his novels. This is the real thing, and with each killing, the man known as the White Devil tightens his grip by incriminating Matt at the murder scenes. Cast not only as the ghostwriter of his persecutor's terrifying story, but as the victim, Matt needs to risk everything to protect his loved ones. But with the police closing in and his friends being picked off, he is running out of time. The White Devil is out there--and he's watching
The silver stain by Paul Johnston( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Greek, Modern [1453- ] and held by 440 libraries worldwide
Half Greek half Scots private investigator Alex Mavros is hired by a Hollywood film company to find a missing employee in Crete. When a film consultant is found dead, is it suicide or murder? Does the movie's World War II story have anything to do with the death? Mavros must sort through a growing number of crimes and conspiracies to discover the truth
Body politic by Paul Johnston( Book )
20 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 428 libraries worldwide
By 2020--following a ban on politically incorrect books, music and TV--Edinburgh is a crime-free city state. But the idyll ends when a serial killer appears. Disgraced private eye Quintilian Dalrymple is brought back from retirement to find him
The green lady : an Alex Mavros mystery by Paul Johnston( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Greek, Modern [1453- ] and held by 427 libraries worldwide
Hired by the wife of one of Greece's richest men to find her missing fourteen year old daughter, half Greek, half Scots PI, Alex Mavros faces an uphill battle. But he's not the only one looking for Lia. When a man's charred corpse is discovered in a remote farmhouse, and the headless body of another is found in the ancient stadium at Delphi, Mavros confronts the possibility that one of his deadliest foes has returned to Greece, and that there may be a connection with the Lia Poulou case
Water of death by Paul Johnston( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and German and held by 422 libraries worldwide
Then a body is discovered face down in the Water of Leith, and the only clue to the death is a bottle of contraband whisky. Quint thinks he sees traces of a conspiracy to destabilize the city, as the body count -- like the temperature -- keeps on rising
The black life by Paul Johnston( Book )
6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 418 libraries worldwide
The story is told in alternating chapters, a narrative set in the present day and also a first person harrowing account of the persecution of the Holocaust years. Whilst it is an indictment of the wartime collaboration and subsequent profiteering to which many countries turned a blind eye, and whilst it also underlines the extent of anti-Semitism still existing in Greece and elsewhere today, the novel also contains accounts of working life in the concentration camps and how survival of some Jews might depend on their working for the SS and even sending one's own family members to their deaths in the gas chambers. This is the latest outing for half-Greek, half-Scottish Private Investigator, Alex Mavros
The bone yard by Paul Johnston( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and German and held by 386 libraries worldwide
Private investigator Quintilian Dalrymple and his sidekick Davie know there's a connection between the blues cassettes implanted in the dead bodies and the "small blue tablet that causes a massive increase in alertness and sexual potency," and they believe that the answer lies in the Bone Yard, if ever they can figure out what the Bone Yard is.--Jacket
The white sea by Paul Johnston( Book )
7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
Wealthy ship-owner Kostas Gatsos has been missing for several weeks, having been snatched from his luxury villa on the idyllic island of Lesvos. Curiously, there has been no ransom demand. When the police investigation stalls, the desperate Gatsos family turn to private investigator Alex Mavros for help. Inherently suspicious of the super-rich and initially reluctant to take on the case, Mavros finds himself dealing with a highly dysfunctional family with more than a few skeletons in its closet, a family whose tentacles have a surprisingly wide reach. Alex believes the key to the mystery lies in the ship-owner's shady past and sinister business deals--but the truth behind the kidnapping is more disturbing, and closer to home, than Mavros could ever have imagined
The last red death by Paul Johnston( Book )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 296 libraries worldwide
Two businessmen are murdered in Athens. The trademark piece of olive wood of IRAKLIS, a Greek terrorist group, is found with the victims' bodies. Grace Helmer, whose father was murdered by IRAKLIS employs half-Greek, half-Scottish Alex Mavros to track down her father's killer
Heads or hearts by Paul Johnston( Book )
5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 272 libraries worldwide
Maverick ex-cop Quint Dalrymple returns to investigate a series of gruesome murders in a near-future independent Edinburgh. Independent Edinburgh, 2033. The Council of City Guardians has been forced to relax its grip on citizens and the borders are no longer secure. Then a human heart is found on a football pitch. Maverick investigator Quint Dalrymple is called in - but before he makes much progress, a citizen's headless body floats down a canal. Quint uncovers a link to the planned referendum over Edinburgh joining a reconstituted Scotland. But who is behind the killings and mutilations? Are the city's notorious gangs responsible, or does the solution lie with the rulers of Edinburgh and other former Scottish states? Quint must dig deep to save the Council from collapse, and to retain both his head and heart
The nameless dead by Paul Johnston( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Swedish and held by 262 libraries worldwide
"Crime writer Matt Wells hasn't had much time for a career of late--he's been too busy fighting for his life. And now he can't trust anyone, not even himself. His thoughts are not his own--his subconscious has been infiltrated and a single word can trigger hidden orders buried deep within Matt's memory, turning him into a killing machine. The FBI aims him at the man responsible for his conditioning: an architect of Nazi revival and devotee of the Antichurch of Lucifer Triumphant. This man took Matt's life away and must pay. Even in a nation rife with antigovernment paranoia and conspiracy theories, nobody could believe the things Matt has seen. In a nation infected with trained assassins and ritual murderers, only he can piece together the truth and save the U.S. from impending disaster."--P. [4] of cover
Maps of hell by Paul Johnston( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 253 libraries worldwide
"I fell into the deepest of holes. I am no one. I awake in a windowless room--naked, filthy, bruised, robbed of my every memory. I feel inexplicably drowned in a sea of hatred and rage. I ... don't know who I am. But I know I must escape. This is Matt Wells, hero of The Death List and The Soul Collector, as you've never seen him. Crime writer Matt Wells could never have conjured a plot this twisted--a secretive militia running sick brainwashing experiments in the Maine wilderness, himself a subject. He knows they've been subconsciously feeding him instructions ... but for what? Taunted by maddening snatches of a life he can't trust as his own, Matt's piecing it together: three gruesome killings he's blamed for ... and a woman ... someone from his past he should remember"--Page 4 of cover
The soul collector by Paul Johnston( Book )
18 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 253 libraries worldwide
Brutally targeted by the "White Devil" serial killer, crime writer Matt Wells knows what it's like to look evil in the face and survive. He's rebuilt his life--but with a disciple of his tormentor still at large, he has never stopped looking over his shoulder. When mystery writers start dying and his friend is found murdered, Matt's paranoia appears well-founded. Now he must use all his resources to orchestrate the psychopath's end. But as cryptic clues to the next victims mock him, it is chillingly clear that his dance with the devil has only just begun
The golden silence by Paul Johnston( Book )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
An original and atmospheric thriller... When private investigator Alex Mavros is asked to trace a missing teenager, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, he doesn't see any link with the plague of violent killings afflicting Athens. As he follows the trail to the missing girl, Mavros encounters the terrifying enforcers known as the Father and Son. He discovers that the present day killings have their roots in the brutal military dictatorship; and that he has put himself and the woman he loves in mortal danger
Skeleton blues : a Quint Dalrymple mystery by Paul Johnston( Book )
8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
"Independent Edinburgh, spring 2034. The weather's balmy, there's a referendum on whether to join a reconstituted Scotland coming up -- and a tourist is found garotted. As usual, maverick detective Quint Dalrymple is called in to do the Council of City Guardians' dirty work. For the first time in his career, Quint is stumped by the complexity of the case. An explosion at the City Zoo is followed by the discovery of another body -- and the prime suspect is nowhere to be found. Can Quint and his sidekick Davie stop the kilings before the city erupts into open violence? Are the leaders of other Scottish states planning to take over Edinburgh, or is the source of the unrest much closer to home? Quint must race to pull the threads together before he becomes one of the numerous skeletons on display ..."
Deeper shade of blue by Paul Johnston( Book )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 199 libraries worldwide
The idyllic Greek island of Trigono harbours many secrets. Its labyrinth of caves, containing priceless ancient figures, gave sanctuary to tragic lovers during the Second World War. Now they are the backdrop to acts of chilling depravity. American tourist Rosa Ozal has disappeared and half-Greek, half-Scots investigator Alex Mavros is hired to trace her. In a race to stop a terrible crime being repeated, Mavros must break through Trigono's whitewashed walls of silence to uncover the deadly consequences of a feud that has plagued the island for generations
The house of dust by Paul Johnston( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 148 libraries worldwide
April, 2028, and independent Edinburgh is facing a mounting crime wave. Experts from the utopian university-state of New Oxford recommend an extreme deterrent--a maximum security prison alongside the central tourist zone. At the prison opening ceremony, the unthinkable happens--an Edinburgh guardian is shot. Having linked New Oxford to the assassination, maverick investigator Quintilian Dalrymple travels there to close the case. Once there, he discovers evidence of a ruthless conspiracy extending to his home city and the only way to stop it is to penetrate New Oxford's mysterious heart--the place known only as the House of Dust
The blood tree by Paul Johnston( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Crying blue murder by Paul Johnston( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
When Alex Mavos is hired to find American tourist Rosa Ozal, it looks like a straightforward missing persons case. Arriving on the Greek island where Rosa was last seen, he finds something deeply wrong and when a pair of young lovers are found floating among the fishing nets, Mavos discovers an island steeped in horrors
The golden silence by Paul Johnston( Sound Recording )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
When private investigator Alex Mavros is asked to trace a missing teenager, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, he doesn't see any link with the plague of violent killings
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Alexander, Sam, 1957-

Johnston, P.
ジョンストン, ポール
English (167)
German (8)
Dutch (8)
Danish (5)
Swedish (5)
Polish (4)
Spanish (3)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (2)
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