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The Killing Lessons

By Saul Black

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The most frightening serial killer thriller since THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses - women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them - has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she's losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.

But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's 10-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she's running from.

Biographical Notes

Saul Black has written numerous acclaimed novels under his real name Glen Duncan, including The Last Werewolf trilogy and I, Lucifer. He lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781409152965
  • Publication date: 22 Oct 2015
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Orion
'Brutally compelling serial killer thriller... told at blistering pace.' — DAILY MAIL
'Explosively exciting... The sheer brilliance of the prose and the pace of the action sweeps you up into a utterly believable world.' — SUNDAY MIRROR
'Duncan/Black's superior scene-painting and psychological probing translate the mundane into the memorable. Similarly, the cliché of a serial-killing spree with a hidden logic is redeemed by the freshness of his characterisation of the seedy duo responsible.' — SUNDAY TIMES
'The book is chilling and compulsive. It is exceptionally well written, with an excellent plot.' — Marcel Berlin, TIMES
This is a firecracker of a tale that whips along so fast , it's tempting to skip lines in eagerness to see where the plots heading. What stops you is the turn of phrase, which is so bright it can take your breath away. — METRO
'Intelligent and moving as well as knuckle-whiteningly terrifying.' — Jake Kerridge, SUNDAY EXPRESS
'I loved this book. I loved the way I was taken through the story with no holds barred...The pace left me breathless, the characters are convincing and the story is a real adrenalin rush.' — THE CRIME WARP
I found parts of the novel unbearable to read, but its pull is undeniable. — NJ Cooper, BOOKS OXYGEN
'Like rubbernecking at an accident, you can't tear your eyes away from this shockingly violent but compelling thriller.' — PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
This novel breaks brilliant. It's hard to tell what's the best part of The Killing Lessons: the sweaty-palm plot that races along like a squadcar on a high-speed pursuit, the breathtaking depictions of the characters, good and bad, or author Black's inimitable style. My vote? All three — Jeffery Deaver
Do not read this. No reader deserves to be terrified like this — Linwood Barclay
Unbelievably good...this one has it all — Lee Child
The Killing Lessons is the freshest, scariest and most intelligent serial killer novel I've read in years; taut, tense, beautifully written and gripping — Stav Sherez
Writers may change their names, but they never lose their style. Saul Black (aka Glen Duncan) has taken on the darkest corner of the crime genre and produced a thriller that breathes new life into serial killer fiction. The Killing Lessons made my knuckles go white as I gripped the pages. — Michael Robotham
If you want to ruin a perfectly good weekend with a gut-wrenching, spine-tingling, deeply disturbing, edge-of-the-seat-thrilling crime novel, The Killing Lessons is your ticket. Beware. — Chris Pavone
Completely mesmerizing! Black delivers a powerhouse of a thriller: two terrifying villains versus one damaged cop with numerous lives in the balance. Not to be missed. — Lisa Gardner
The Killing Lessons is the best thriller I've read in years. It's so realistic at times that I had to stop and catch my breath. The relationship between these two killers, and the woman who is trying to capture them, is intense and tangible. This is the first book that I've finished, then turned immediately back to page one so I could experience it all over again. It's mind-blowing, terrifying, visceral, disturbing, and gorgeously written and I've been telling everyone I know that they have to pick up this book! — Chevy Stevens
The Killing Lessons is a dark, twisted, and deeply compelling read. Saul Black perfectly inhabits each of his characters, even the most deranged among them, and weaves a breathless thriller that is as beautiful as it is terrifying. — Lisa Unger
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