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The Killing Lessons

book | Fiction | 2015
UK & Comm → Orion Publishing Group (Ed. Bill Massey)
US → St Martin's Press Inc (Ed. Charlie Spicer)

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 victims—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 murders at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's ten-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 dangerous than what she's running from.In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him.


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Koridor Yayincilik

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, New York Times bestselling author of Fear Nothing

Unbelievably good...this one has it all.

Lee Child

As much as I love writing police procedurals, what I love to read are good, solid psychological thrillers. There’s nothing better than a skilled author taking us deep into the minds of those who revel in evil—and of those who try to bring them to justice. This describes The Killing Lessons to a T.

Jeffery Deaver
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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...

Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of That Night
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Do not read this. No reader deserves to be terrified like this.

Linwood Barclay

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

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

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

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

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

Raw and utterly readable

Kirkus Review (starred)
Full Review

[An] exceptional police thriller from Black

Publishers Weekly
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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.

The Washington Post

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


"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."


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