The Kills

3.16 based on 380 ratings & 97 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 18.07.2013
ISBN: 9781447254881
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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 Kills is consistently great fun, whether it motors along as political thriller or existential murder story, or folds in on itself as (post-)postmodern work of ludic fiction. In all the ways that actually matter, House is a fine writer: a deceptively simple stylist and a plotter of considerable talent'
Literary Review
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
A gigantic experiment, bracing, thrilling and worthy of a medal for narrative heroism, Richard House's four-volume The Kills plays an epic set of variations on the shadow war for loot and influence behind the chaos of Iraq.
Independent