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The killing lessons, Saul Black

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The killing lessons
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The killing lessons
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Saul Black
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eng
Summary
"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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  • /* Starred Review */ San Francisco detective Valerie Hart is the lead on a serial-killer case that has her obsessing like Ahab on the trail of Moby-Dick. The killer’s ever-changing MO defies profiling and detection, with the only connection among the crimes being his baffling penchant for placing seemingly unrelated objects in his victims’ bodies. But one evening as she’s obsessively reviewing video of the latest victim’s final hours, Valerie spots someone who prompts her interest. Meanwhile, the killer is still hunting and has left a young girl fighting for her life in an isolated Colorado cabin. Valerie, the killer, and young Nell each get their pieces of the narrative, which highlights the race toward a climax that has every indication of ending badly. Yes, 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. -- Tran, Christine (Reviewed 08-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 22, p34)
  • /* Starred Review */ At the start of this exceptional police thriller from Black, the pseudonym of British author Glen Duncan (Hope ), two armed men show up at an isolated farmhouse outside Ellinson, Colo., with fatal results for the Cooper family. Soon afterward, a San Francisco woman is found dead, raped and mutilated with a piece of a crystal unicorn inserted in her body. SFPD homicide detective Valerie Hart links this crime and another Bay Area slaying to a string of murders of women in several states across the western U.S., in each of which the killers—DNA evidence suggests there are two of them—embedded a strange object in the corpse. Meanwhile, Valerie is drinking too much and has a rotten love life while Carla York, the FBI special agent brought in as liaison, dislikes Valerie for unknown reasons and works to discredit her. The appearance of an old boyfriend, fellow cop Nick Blaskovich, whom Valerie dumped three years earlier, complicates matters further. Despite these distractions, persistent Valerie displays a real gift for uncovering and interpreting clues. Readers will hope she returns soon in another nail-biter. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 6, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 27, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ For Nell Cooper life would never be the same again. The moment she found her mother on the kitchen floor and heard her whisper the words, "Run, they're still here," the safe world as she knew it ceased to exist. For the two killers, Nell's house was just a random stop on the road to completing a bloody list of macabre tasks. Det. Valerie Hart is obsessed with putting an end to this rampage and will stop at nothing to do it. Unfortunately, she will also have to work with her ex-fiancé, who recently rejoined the force, and figure out who's trying to sabotage her within the department. As the murder investigation heats up and the search for the killers becomes even more frantic, Valerie must also watch her own back. VERDICT 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 Univ. Lib., Florence, SC --Cynthia Price (Reviewed July 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 12, p76)
  • /* Starred Review */ Ending the rampage of two sadistic serial killers may depend on a substance-abusing homicide detective facing an old lover and an unknown nemesis in this raw and utterly readable thriller. Behind the nom de plume is Glen Duncan (By Blood We Live, 2014, etc.), last seen spewing bloody ink in the wrap-up to his toothsome werewolves-and-vampires trilogy. In a different vein here, he cooks up mayhem among mortals, creating a duo from Of Mice and Men by way of Thomas Harris without the fava beans. Inspired by some horrific child abuse, Xander and Paulie are on a mission to rape, torture, and murder a certain number of women, aided by a serrated fishing knife, an iPad, and a combined IQ maybe in the high double-digits. Detective Valerie Hart leads a San Francisco team confronted with at least seven victims and zero clues. Black sets parallel narratives in motion when the latest murders send a teenage girl into hiding and a new potential victim hands the Hart team its first break—once underway, the police work is crisp and convincing. Meanwhile, the former lover complicates Valerie's chilly, vodka-fueled efficiency while an FBI operative seems to lie behind several incidents undermining her. Compared with the explicit gore of the trilogy, there's some writerly restraint here amid much nastiness. But nasty it is, and it's made more so by the author's deep dives into the mind of a victim, especially when her terror is stoked by the iPad's gruesome video records. An especially fine piece of staging has the injured teen and the writer crippled by sciatica with whom she has taken refuge awaiting unlikely rescue on a dead-end road. Aficionados may fault Black for allowing the police at least one major oversight, but most readers will likely be too engrossed or happily grossed out to do anything but whip through the pages.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015)
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Black, Saul
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6102.L33345
LC item number
K55 2015
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Valerie Hart novels
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0001
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  • Women detectives
  • Women
  • Children of murder victims
  • Psychopaths
  • Colorado
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • Psychopaths
  • Women detectives
  • Colorado
  • Women
  • Women
  • Children of murder victims
  • Women Detectives
  • Psychopaths
  • Colorado
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • California
  • Children of murder victims
  • Psychopaths
  • Women detectives
  • Women
  • California
  • Colorado
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The killing lessons, Saul Black
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25 cm
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First U.S. edition.
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392 pages
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9781250057341
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2015017805
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The killing lessons, Saul Black
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25 cm
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First U.S. edition.
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392 pages
Isbn
9781250057341
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2015017805
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)898419057

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