56 Days

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.06 X 9.13 X 1.34 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland. Her most recent novel, 56 Days, was named a best thriller of 2021 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Irish Times; was her second Irish number one bestseller; and won Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. Her previous work has been shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the CWA's John Creasey New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, and she's been shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year multiple times. Her work has been published in seventeen languages, and a number of her novels have been optioned for screen. She lives in Dublin, where she currently divides her time between the desk and the couch.


Dark and dazzling, funny, sinister, and oh-so clever. I read 56 Days in a breath held right up until the final, mesmeric pages. Catherine Ryan Howard is ridiculously talented.

-- "Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End"

Howard has written an eerie, twisty story ripped from current headlines, in which a global pandemic becomes the foreboding hypotenuse of a dangerous love triangle.

-- "Library Journal"

56 Days is a terrific novel written by an author who is certain to become a distinguished voice in crime fiction. You won't want to stop reading until the very end.

-- "Karin Slaughter, New York Times and internationally bestselling author"

Catherine Ryan Howard is a gift to crime writing. Her characters are credible, her stories are original, and her plotting is ingenious. Every book is a treat to look forward to.

-- "Liz Nugent, internationally bestselling author, on Rewind"

Catherine Ryan Howard brings crime writing to a new level.

-- "Sam Blake, bestselling author of Little Bones, on The Nothing Man"

The queen of high-concept crime fiction.

-- "Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan novels, on The Nothing Man"

Howard structures her novel as a clever sort of countdown, dishing out slow reveals about each of the characters, until the shattering ending that I might label Tarantino-esque if it weren't so intimate.

-- "CrimeReads"

Each new twist, dispensed with surgical precision, will keep you hooked, nostalgic for the days when COVID-19 was the worst threat.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

[A] captivating tale from Edgar finalist Howard...As the link between the couple's outwardly simple yet complex romance and the murder becomes clearer through carefully doled out backstories, readers will find themselves rooting for these flawed characters no matter what their past indiscretions or crimes. Howard continues to impress.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Timely, surprising, emotionally alive, this is about as good as suspense fiction gets.

-- "Washington Post"

56 Days, Catherine's newest crime novel, is without a doubt my favorite book of hers yet--and destined to be one of my top favorite books of the year. This clever and claustrophobic domestic thriller utilizes the pressure cooker of Ireland's strict COVID lockdown policies to amp up the tension between a newly dating couple who decide to move in together rather than be forced to stay apart when COVID lands on Ireland's shores. This book is masterfully plotted, deliciously entertaining, and brimming with the kinds of clever twists and reveals that you really won't see coming.

-- "Crime by the Book"

56 Days is definitely one for thriller lovers that crave suspenseful story lines. Catherine Ryan Howard is a mastermind with this one.

-- "Fresh Fiction"