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'I didn't just want to write ordinary detective stories'

17 August 2020

‘I'm always interested in trying to use whodunit and murder mystery forms to do something a bit more profound than, after 400 pages, saying the butler did it, thank you, goodbye. Effectively, I didn't just want to write ordinary detective stories...

They are the only form of literature that deals in absolute truths. When you read a whodunit, the joy of it is that you know that at the last chapter every ‘i' will be dotted, every ‘t' will be crossed, everything will be solved. Perhaps now, more than ever in an age of 24-hour news, fake news, when we often no longer know what to believe, the I enormous comfort in coming to a world in which everything is completely explained and closed off.'

Anthony Horowitz, author of 73 books, which have sold 7 million print copies, including the Alex Rider series, the just-published Moonflower Murders, Magpie Murders and 14 TV series, in the Sunday Times Culture.