Trigger Mortis

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Trigger Mortis
First edition cover
Author Anthony Horowitz
Cover artist Joy Cohn
Country United Kingdom
Series James Bond
Genre Spy fiction
Publisher Orion Publishing
Publication date
8 September 2015
Media type Print (hardcover, e-book, audio)
Pages 320 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-1-4091-5913-1

Trigger Mortis is a 2015 James Bond novel written by Anthony Horowitz, and commissioned by the estate of Bond's creator Ian Fleming, which was published on 8 September 2015.


The book is set in 1957 against the backdrop of the Space Race, and begins two weeks after the events of Goldfinger, the novel is the third in the current-era literary series to be set during the original timeline created by Fleming since 1968's Colonel Sun (following Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks and Solo by William Boyd) and sees the return of Bond girl Pussy Galore, who made her debut in Goldfinger.


Trigger Mortis was announced in October 2014.[1] It contains Murder on Wheels, previously unpublished material written by Fleming for an unfilmed television series, which Horowitz used to write the opening chapter, the book title was revealed on 28 May 2015 to coincide with Fleming's 107th birthday.[2][3][4]


In August 2015 it was announced that an audiobook of the novel would be narrated by actor David Oyelowo,[5] the BBC Radio 4 drama series Book at Bedtime broadcast a serialized reading by Rupert Penry-Jones in October and November 2015.[6]


  1. ^ Singh, Anita (2 October 2014). "James Bond's secret mission: to save Stirling Moss". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "James Bond: Pussy Galore returns in new novel". BBC News. BBC. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Flood, Alison (28 May 2015). "New James Bond novel Trigger Mortis resurrects Pussy Galore". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Furness, Hannah (28 May 2015). "Pussy Galore returns for new James Bond novel Trigger Mortis". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Johnston, Ian (13 August 2015). "David Oyelowo: 'I am the new James Bond' (in audiobooks at least)". The Independent. The Independent. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Book at Bedtime". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2 November 2015.