The Death and Life of Red Henley

A contemporary noir novel set against the decaying façade of 1980’s New York and a religious commune staked out in the Tennessee countryside. 

Red’s murder sets Detective Green on a path of self-discovery. As 1980 unfurls, Green discovers a direct line back from modern day New York City to a religious commune in the Tennessee countryside decades earlier.

He exposes the story of two boys housed there who would experience a horrific tragedy that would become the spark that sets the fire in the towers and backstreets of Manhattan some twenty years later.

As he follows the killer’s trail, Green finds a city filled with murderous deeds, and the madness that both love and faith can bring. One question remains: who killed Red and why?

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About the author

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’.

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Why We Like It

  • This multidimensional book is beautiful, tragic and violent
  • An intriguing and clever interplay between 1980’s New York and a religious commune staked out in the Tennessee countryside
  • Profound considerations on the battle between good and evil, and the existential crisis of love and hate

Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. 

Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray).

More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs and Marillion. He currently helps create radio for Future publishing and its magazine titles and when he’s not sat near a mic or mixer he runs half-marathons in the vain attempt of finishing one in under two hours. As cynical as he might be, he’s clearly still an optimist.

How it Works

The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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