Judith D Collins
Valerie Hart Series #2
By: Saul Black
Publisher: St Martins Press
Publication Date: 7/25/2017
My Rating: 4 Stars When she’s called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life. Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming—and utterly evil—Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly-mutilated corpse in the ground-floor apartment bears all the hallmarks of Katherine’s victims. And then there’s the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie.
To stop the slaughter, Valerie has no choice. She must ask Katherine Glass to help her decipher the killer’s twisted message. But that means re-entering the pitch-black labyrinth that is Katherine’s mind, and this time Valerie isn’t so sure which one of them will survive.
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an early reading copy. Review to follow.
On The Killing Lessons:
“Shockingly good . . . Black allows us to peerinto the depths of his many richly developed characters, from the surprisinglycomplex killers to their dedicated hunters.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Black squeezes every last ounce of suspense out of this story. . . . TheKilling Lessons is state of the art in the ever-darkeningserial-killer genre.” ―The Washington Post
“Compelling . . . graphic and disturbing. Black utilizes the psychologicaledge of his characters to elevate the story.” ―Associated Press
“This novel breaks brilliant. It’shard to tell what’s the best part of The Killing Lessons: thesweaty-palm plot that races along, the breathtaking depictions of thecharacters, or Black’s inimitable style.” ―JefferyDeaver
“Black delivers a powerhouse of a thriller:two terrifying villains versus one damaged cop with numerous lives in thebalance.” ―Lisa Gardner
“Unbelievablygood . . . this one has it all.” ―Lee Child
“The Killing Lessons is the bestthriller I’ve read in years . . . Mind-blowing, terrifying, visceral,disturbing, and gorgeously written.” ―Chevy Stevens
About the Author
SAUL BLACK is a pseudonym used by Glen Duncan, a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. In 1994 he visited India with his father before continuing on to the United States, where he spent several months travelling the country by Amtrak train, writing much of what would become his first novel, Hope, published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 1997.
Duncan lives in London. Recently, his 2002 novel I, Lucifer has had the film rights purchased, with actors such as Ewan Mcgregor, Jason Brescia, Jude Law, Vin Diesel, and Daniel Craig all being considered for roles in the forthcoming movie. Read More