Book Review: The Killing Lessons, by Saul Black

This book is now available in bookstores nationwide.cv_the_killing_lessonsa

Why did it take three years over eleven states before seven murders were connected as the work of one killer? A creepy and sick behaviour pattern is the link, and San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart is driven to pursue the cold cases – and the new murders.

Special agent Carla York is brought in to replace a colleague on sick leave – but why then blight Detective Hart’s reputation with hate mail, reporting her blackouts, her alcoholism, and an attempt to frame her as a drug user?

The serial killer is no longer working alone, and killings continue, with the intervals between killings reducing over time. So far, so usual…

Except Black gives us a direct point of view into the delusional, crazed alpha killer and his simpleton beta partner. The killer has a reason for his killing trail, not yet complete, risen from his macabre past. It drives him closer to insanity as he continues – and we are with him all the way.

We are also with his latest victims, as they suffer the most chilling sadistic treatment, and a humiliating death.

The outcome is not an easy read – it’s damned scary, and although I love being scared as I review as good crime writing as I have for this review blog, this story is the only one yet encountered which has had me so wound up in the terror that the closure for one character and another brought tears of relief. Now that’s good crime writing.

Reviewed by Lynne Street and previously reviewed on her blog ‘Red-Penn reviews

The Killing Lessons
by Saul Black
Published by Orion
ISBN Hardback: 9781409152941
ISBN Paperback: 9781409152958
ISBN Ebook: 9781409152972

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