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Death Warrant

Death Warrant

By Bryan Johnston
Categories: Fiction, Technological, Crime & Mystery, Dystopian
Imprint: CamCat Books
Hardcover : 9780744305081, 352 pages, June 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744305333, June 2022
Paperback : 9780744305241, 352 pages, May 2023
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744305326, 496 pages, June 2022
Audiobook (Unabridged edition) : 9780744305371, June 2022

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Frankie Percival has agreed to be assassinated on the most popular TV show on the planet. Once she has signed her Death Warrant, her memory is wiped clean. Anyone could be her assassin. Even the latest love of her life.


Death Makes Great TV.

Frankie Percival is cashing in her chips. To save her brother from financial ruin, Frankie—a single stage performer and mentalist who never made it big—agrees to be assassinated on the most popular television show on the planet: Death Warrant. Once she signs her life away, her memory is wiped clean of the agreement, leaving her with no idea she will soon be killed spectacularly for global entertainment.

After years of working in low-rent theaters, Frankie prepares for the biggest performance of her life as her Death Warrant assassin closes in on her. Every person she encounters could be her killer. Every day could be her last.

She could be a star, if only she lives that long.


  • Winner, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award - Best New Voice 2023
  • Winner, IPPY Bronze Award - Best First Book 2023
  • Winner, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award - Best Sci-fi/Fantasy 2023
  • Short-listed, Foreword INDIES Award - Thriller & Suspense 2023


“Subtle yet effective world-building, deftly drawn characters, and a dynamite premise elevate Johnston’s latest, which is, by turns, a speculative thriller, a decidedly nontraditional murder mystery, and a love letter to all forms of stage magic. Frankie’s snarky, endearingly candid first-person-present narration thoroughly invests readers in her fate, inspiring dread and against-all-odds hope in equal measure.” Mystery Scene Magazine

“[A] deeply satisfying tale that compellingly depicted both the magic of stagecraft and the power of good people coming together to affect meaningful change.”Criminal Element

“Holding a very special appeal for readers with an interest in action/adventure technothrillers and dystopian fiction, Death Warrant by Bryan Johnston is a simply riveting read with all manner of unexpected plot twists and turns. An inherently compelling, deftly crafted, and impressively original novel, Death Warrant is especially and unreservedly recommended for community library collections.” Midwest Book Review

“Professional mentalist Frankie Percival signs a participant contract with the wildly popular reality show "Death Warrant" in the hope that her younger brother will receive sizable financial compensation for her demise. The tonal shifts between Frankie's doggedly optimistic point of view and the ratings-driven television production team amplify the suspense.” AudioFile Magazine

“I absolutely loved Death Warrant! This will definitely make the ‘Best of 2022’ list.” —Elle Ellsberry, Content Acquisition & Partnerships, Scribd