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Portraits of the Dead

John Nicholl - Portraits Of The Dead


The greater the evil, the more deadly the game…

When Emma awakens in total darkness, she is aware of her nakedness. Injuries. A bed not her own. A blindingly bright light suddenly pierces the blackness and a disembodied male voice calls her “Venus”. Venus – the goddess of love, beauty, sex and desire. He says she is “Venus Six”. What does this predator want from her? Can she outwit the masked man who demands to be called “Master”? Or will he be looking for Venus Seven?

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.

Portraits Of The Dead is published by leading independent publisher of crime and thriller fiction – Bloodhound Books.

Foreign and audiobook rights are handled by The Rights People. For enquiries please contact Hannah Whitaker hannahw@rightspeople.com

Film and TV/ Rights enquires – please register your interest by emailing info@bloodhoundbooks.com


Kindle and paperback versions available from Amazon. Audiobook available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. A Hungarian edition of Portraits of the Dead will be available in the near future, published by konyvmolykepzo.



‘Brilliant. With this tense, harrowing, edge of your seat tale, John Nicholl triumphs again. Very well written, this is storytelling at its honest, unflinching best.’ Renita D’Silva – bestselling author

‘One heck of an adrenaline rush that is a must-read for the true diehard psychological thriller junkie! It just doesn’t get any better than this!’ Jersey Girl Book Reviews

‘One of the best crime books I have ever read.’ Misfits Farm

‘A serial killer chiller not to be missed! Another brilliant book from the pen of John Nicholl. Highly recommended reading. It’s a winner!’ Booklover Catlady Reviews

‘Ingenious and blood-curdling. The story is very gripping and tense. A clever original plot, great characters, non-stop tension and a very satisfying ending.’ Relax and Read Book Reviews

‘As far as thrillers go, this one is a great one!’ Lady Erynn’s Reviews

‘I remember his first book, his second book and now I will remember this one. They are ‘stand out from the crowd’ books for sure. I LOVE it.’ Read Along With Sue

‘Portraits of the Dead is a serial killer thriller that will chill you to the bone. I will read anything by this author. He is that good!’ Sue Leonhardt – Top Rated Goodreads Reviewer

‘I could not put this novel down! Disturbing and compelling, an edge-of-the-seat story. John Nicholl is a fresh, innovative and powerful new voice in crime fiction.’ The Book Review Cafe

‘Another brilliant offering. Portraits of the Dead is a gripping thriller with more than a few surprises.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

‘Fantastic well-written story. I highly recommend this book.’ Cheekypee Book Blog

‘Nicholl has got the chops to deal out riveting reading that feels alive on every page.’ Tome Tender Book Blog

‘Fast-paced, riveting, dark, creepy, tense. Everything I love in a book. I look forward to more of Mr Nicholl’s brilliant writing.’ Lit World Magazine

‘I really do like John Nicholl’s books – I have read them all and in my opinion, they just get better! Great characters, plenty of depth. Great book – suspenseful, dark, chilling, intense, scary!  Angie Smith – bestselling author


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