Released on 18 July 2013.

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The Kills

3.15 based on 407 ratings & 99 reviews on

2014 Short-listed

The Gordon Burn Prize

2013 Long-listed

Man Booker Prize

2013 Long-listed

Green Carnation Prize


Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
Shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2014.

Book of the Year in the Guardian, Spectator, Independent and Daily Mail.

The Kills is an epic novel of crime and conspiracy.

It starts with an explosion, a man on the run and the theft of over fifty million dollars. It moves from the Middle East to the Mediterranean, around mainland Europe via the sleazy underworld of Naples, and across America. It ends in a locked room.

Brilliantly original, playful and ambitious, The Kills is a terrifying, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing sensation.

'A damn good book' Sunday Times
'A staggering achievement' Daily Mail
'A thrilling, overwhelming ride' Spectator

In the media

The jar of scorpions Richard House introduces on the first page of his cracking novel The Kills is highly appropriate because there's a sting in the tail on every page. I want to call it a thriller but the story - set in post-war Iraq, and Italy . . . is more than that. Let's call it biz-crime-heist-noir. The Kills is four interconnected books in one and if you read it on an iPad you get lots of bonus digital goodies. It's a killer of a read.
Daily Mail
House is a master of storytelling and characterisation. This epic novel, a globe-spanning tale of corruption, is gripping, exquisitely written and thought-provoking
House's writing is spare and compelling, and the digital edition is truly enriched by the additional media.