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The Killing Kind by Chris Holm
  

The Killing Kind

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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 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 knows he's a bad person, but he still has a code: he doesn't work for anyone but himself, and he never kills civilians. He only hits hitters. It's not a bad way to make a living, but it's a great way to make enemies. And now 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

'Roaring tough-guy fun' The Sunday Times

'Pure joy...so fast-moving, so expertly arranged, every piece fitting together with a well-oiled snap, that it feels weaponized. Read it. Or else.' -- Benjamin Percy New York Times Book Review

'A fast-moving thriller with a clever premise...Who will best whom is by no means obvious in this fast-moving, witty tale of good guy versus bad guy versus worse guy.' Kirkus starred review

'Holm is terrific at rendering characters with empathy and humour...you'll want to go along for the ride - but keep that seat belt fastened' Boston Globe

About the Author

Chris 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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Book Info

Publication date

5th May 2016

Author

Chris Holm

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Publisher

Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery

Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781473606166

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