By the way… a reminder…

A prequel to the BBC’s critically-acclaimed Idris Elba BBC drama Luther is now in available for purchase… in the form of a paperback novel! That’s right, Neil Cross, the creator of the series, has penned a 368-page prequel novel titled Luther: The Calling, published by Simon & Schuster, and which hit UK bookstores on August 1st.

Though, you can purchase a copy even if you don’t live in the UK. I checked, and there are UK-based resellers already unloading copies of the book ready to be shipped to almost anywhere in the world, starting at around $28.

So, what’s the story here?

Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective. A near-genius. He’s brilliant; he’s intense; he’s instinctive. He’s obsessional. He’s dangerous. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumours that DCI Luther is bad – not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t; things way beyond the limits of the law. Luther: The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther’s past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder…

I’m guessing the case being referred to here that tore his personal and professional life apart was the one that we saw the end of in the beginning of the first episode of season 1 last year.

Something else that stands out here is that this will be “the first in a new series of novels,” so expect more to come.

Might one of these paperbacks (and maybe hardcovers eventually) be the source for the Luther movie that so many fans of the series are hoping for, and that Idris himself has already expressed strong interest in producing?

Maybe… maybe not.

In the meantime, feel free to pick up a copy, all you Luther crazies.

I might get one myself…