The Killing Lessons
San Francisco Homicide Detective Valerie Hart has been working the case too long. Haunted by demons of her own, drifting into a serious drink problem and close to complete burn-out, she’s on the edge of losing her job and her sanity - until the reappearance of an old lover provides a crucial breakthrough, and Valerie is pitched into a race to save the life of what will be the killer’s next victim: a ten-year-old girl, trapped in a remote cabin in the snow-bound Coloradan wilderness...
In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled hearts and souls of the ordinary men and women tasked with stopping him.
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Unbelievably good...this one has it all.
Do not read this. No reader deserves to be terrified like this.
The Killing Lessons is the freshest, scariest and most intelligent serial killer novel I've read in years; taut, tense, beautifully written and gripping.
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.
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.
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.
Raw and utterly readable
[An] exceptional police thriller from BlackStarred Review
Publishers Weekly Full Review
Black (aka Glen Duncan, I Lucifer) has written a taut, smart thriller guaranteed to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Not to be missed.Cynthia Price & Francis Marion
Library Journal Full Review
The troubled, vulnerable Valerie is a strong and believable character, and she and her colleagues amount to an unusually admiring portrait of police work… Black squeezes every last ounce of suspense out of this story. One violent climax follows another…‘The Killing Lessons’ is state of the art in the ever-darkening serial-killer genre.
All of the serial-killer staples are accounted for: self-destructing detective, slippery killer, and sympathetic future victims. But Black, a pseudonym for acclaimed dark-fantasy author Glen Duncan (The Last Werewolf, 2011), twists the formula with a killer who defies the coldly calculating criminal mastermind archetype, an unblinking willingness to off characters he’s convinced readers to like, and a hokum-free thread of reawakening lost souls. A serial-murder tale in league with the best of Lauren Beukes and Chelsea Cain: that means must-read for those who like their psychological thrillers raw
Shockingly good writing…It’s impossible not to be swept away by its propulsive momentum. The appeal of this dark and intensely disquieting book isn’t entirely visceral either. By shifting the narrative point of view, Black allows us to peer into the depths of his many richly developed characters, from the surprisingly complex killers and their dedicated hunters to the supporting players who pop up only to be ruthlessly disposed of.
"For nine months The Girl on the Train has been lauded as the best thriller of 2015, but it has some real competition with the arrival of The Killing Lessons, a dark, violent novel from British author Glen Duncan (The Last Werewolf) writing under the pseudonym Saul Black."