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The Killing Lessons

The Killing Lessons

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.

Read by Christina Delaine

(p) 2015 Macmillan Audio
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 7th May 2015

Price: £25

ISBN-13: 9781409156123

Reviews

'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
'Intelligent and moving as well as knuckle-whiteningly terrifying.'
Jake Kerridge, SUNDAY EXPRESS
'The book is chilling and compulsive. It is exceptionally well written, with an excellent plot.'
Marcel Berlin, TIMES
'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
'Like rubbernecking at an accident, you can't tear your eyes away from this shockingly violent but compelling thriller.'
PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
'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
I found parts of the novel unbearable to read, but its pull is undeniable.
NJ Cooper, BOOKS OXYGEN
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