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The Killing Kind by Chris F. Holm
  

The Killing Kind

Thriller / Suspense   Crime / Mystery   Maxim Jakubowski's Selection   

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A thriller in overdrive and a guilty pleasure as its pace never falters and keeps you hooked from page to page, THE KILLING KIND features an uncommon hero: a hitman! But Michael Hendricks is a hitman who only kills other hitmen and follows his own rigid sense of values. Pursued by both the FBI and the Mafia as a result, he negotiates a sticky path between invisibility and lethal war machine, all the while attempting to protect the loved ones he once knew as he is now pursued by an equally savage and professional killer: only one hitman can rule the roost! Violent, slick and hardboiled to the max, this almost begs to be turned into a movie and proves a major step forward by the author of the wonderfully quirky Collector series which blended pulp and fantasy and has become an underground hit. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

The Killing Kind by Chris F. Holm

Michael Hendricks is not a good man. He doesn't deserve a good life. But he is very good at his job. He's the killing kind. He doesn't accept contract kills. He doesn't work for any criminal organisation. And he never kills civilians. He only hits hitters. He's not the kind of guy you call if you want to pop somebody who's pissed you off or done you wrong. He's not a guy you call at all - he calls you. And when he does, you'd be advised to take his call. Because it means that someone wants you dead, and time is running out to save your life. It's not a bad way to make a living, but it's a great way to make enemies. And now both the FBI and the mafia have Hendricks in their sights, he's about to learn just how good he really is...

Reviews

'A story of rare, compelling brilliance, with a concept so high you'll need oxygen to finish it...This is a one-sitting, extravagant, mind-blowing reading pleasure with a stable of characters who come across as all flesh, bone and folly. You will never look at men hired to kill other humans the same way. You won't merely read this book, you will inhale it.' -- David Baldacci

'A ripping, twisting yarn you can read in one sitting' -- Simon Kernick, author of The Final Minute

'Lean, brutal and riveting, THE KILLING KIND is the kind of novel you can't put down but also want to savour. With sharply etched characters, knifelike twists and hardboiled energy to burn, it's an utter winner, beginning to end.' -- Megan Abbott, bestselling author of THE END OF EVERYTHING

'I love Chris Holm. He can evoke a landslide of character in a single detail. THE KILLING KIND crackles with muscle and moxie and wit. I will read it again and again.' -- Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick

'With a great writer, a great premise, and a great protagonist, how can you lose? With his unique take on the hit man thriller, Chris Holm claims his place amongst the best suspense novelists working today.' -- Stuart Neville, author of THE TWELVE and RATLINES

'Chris Holm loads an ingenious premise - an assassin who kills only other assassins - into a high-powered story that goes off like a rocket...sleek and smart, and will stay with you long after you've finished reading.' -- Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

'A high-octane, cat-and-mouse thrill ride, written with style and a flair for the spectacular. Chris Holm is a master storytelle'r -- Owen Laukkanen, author of the bestselling THE PROFESSIONALS

About the Author

Chris F. Holm

Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blended fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty year's best lists. He lives in Portland, Maine.

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Publication date

27th August 2015

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Publisher

Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781473606142

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