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The Killer [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Wood , Tom Hinshelwood
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Aug. 2 2011

Forget James Bond.
Forget Jason Bourne.
Forget Jack Bauer.

Meet Victor.

He’s an assassin—a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He’s given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He’s THE KILLER.

Victor in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency—only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life. Pursued by determined enemies, a woman too beautiful to be safe, and intelligence agencies from both sides of the Atlantic, Victor will soon discover there is no where left for him to hide…and no one he can trust. But he is every bit as ruthless as those hunting him. And Victor will find out who wants him dead and why—one corpse at a time…

The Killer was previously published under the title, "The Hunter".

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"No one asked me to read Tom Hinshelwood's The Killer.  I happened to pick it up because it looked interesting — and what a terrific discovery: The Killer is a nonstop, breathless, trimmed-to-the-bone thriller with action sequences that are absolutely state-of-the art.  It’s the best chase novel I’ve read in years." --Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Vanished

"A lively read and an impressively intricate thriller." --The New Yorker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved the book. May 17 2014
By Paladin
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Lots of action,and fast paced,main character is hard but not inhuman which manages to get in lots of trouble,but always gets himself out again.Hope more of this type of books are coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition April 24 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After the Chapters in my town stopped selling this book when the author changed the name, my friend lost my copy. I was a little hesitant to purchase a used novel off amazon, as I had no way of knowing what condition it would come in, but I am thoroughly impressed and would definitely recommend it.
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This is the 1st book from Tom Wood and very entertaining if you like Barry Eisler, Vince Flynn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'killer' book... bud-ump-tsch April 13 2010
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I just read The Killer while on holiday (or rather on the flight there), and I have to admit to being surprised and delighted by the quality of the writing style and the material. The Killer is one of those books that you just plough through without putting down, full of dynamism and a good story arc, and without some of the cheesy detail about guns and equipment which stylise some of the authors peers. There is still enough detail for the layman to understand without nausea and to know that Hinshelwood knows his stuff without shoving it down your throat.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good engaging thriller or a book for reading by the pool (where I finished it) or on a flight. Totally immersive, fun, and fast paced. The chapters are just the right length for when you want to 'dip in' to the book quickly, and add to the pace of the action and the read.
A great first book, and a good romp across Europe with the excellent 'Victor'. I look forward to the next one.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nonstop action April 13 2010
By Stealth Reviewer - Published on
Hinshelwwod's Killer is just that, a cold, ruthless workman who's business is contract killing. If you're tired of thrillers where the characters sit around and yak, yak, yak to each other instead of getting on with business, this is the book for you. The author fires it up, slams down the pedal and doesn't let up till the end. Exhilarating. Exhausting. Terrific.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Read!! May 13 2010
By John R. Linnell - Published on
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I was put onto this book by a friend who had read the reviews although she had not read the book, as yet. The timing was perfect as I was looking for a book to read as my wife and I made our semi annual trek from our home in Tucson to our summer home in Maine by car. It is a five day, four night drive and a book that takes you by the lapels and brings you inside the cover is just what I need after all those miles before catching some shut eye.

The author did not disappoint which is a nice compliment for a first effort. The central figure of the book is Victor and Victor is most assuredly "a killer" in every sense of the word. He has been hired to intercept and kill a Russian turncoat who is selling the whereabouts of a sunken Russian submarine which is carrying some very sophistcated and highly desirable anti-ship missles which are more technically advanced than anything in the West. His employers are unknown, but they are willing to pay very well for the "flash drive" that the Russian is selling.

Completing the assignment was the easiest part of the effort for Victor, however as he returns to his Parisian hotel following obtaining the drive he finds that there is a team of killers at the hotel and they are looking for him.

Eight dead men left behind testify to Victor's accomplishments as a killer, but his problem is now, who were they, who were they working for and has he been double crossed?

From here on in the story gets very interesting and very complicated and if you want to find out how the matter plays out, I suggest you do yourself the favor of acquiring this book and settling in for a few nights of solid reading. You will be glad you did.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tricked Dec 21 2012
By Fudpucker - Published on
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I read the same book bought through Amazon under the name " The Killer by Tom Wood " Then months later Amazon sends a reading rec. for " The Hunter by Tom Wood " based on my previous reading purchasies..Its the exact same halfway through the first chapter before realizing I had already read it.....I feel I have been cheated and tricked into purchasing the same book twice..Actually the book is pretty good,,,,,but not to buy live and learn I guess.....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars remarkable first effort July 20 2010
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Tom Hinshelwood's first novel is a winner. This is an old-fashioned spy thriller that truly does remind me of early Robert Ludlum, as Publisher's Weekly noted, it even has the same short-comings. Ludlum could create a thrill a minute plot and pace it at a dead run start to finish, but other than Jason Bourne, he couldn't create memorable characters. That's the same problem here, and what kept the book from 5*. It also keeps it from the list of Best First Thriller, which is still held by Rain Fall by Barry Eisler. (To bad Eisler's taken a detour down soapbox editorial row on his latest book.)

The Killer, set in Europe and Africa, has at its heart the well used plot of turning the hunter into the hunted. Certainly not new or novel, but so well done you can't help getting completely drawn into the race to the death. The Killer, 'Victor at the start then 'Tesseract' about a third of the way into the book. Even at the end you aren't sure if it's his real name or not. It suits the character who has, in many ways, erased himself from life. No connections, no ties, nothing he can't leave and never look back.

An assassin for hire, Tesseract usually works through brokers so neither he no those who hire him ever know each other. The level of tradecraft is good and lends the story a suitably realistic atmosphere, though not quite as compelling as that in the John Rain books. After he does a job in Paris, everything falls apart in no time. A group of killers are waiting for him at his hotel. Eluding them won't be an option, so he must kill them. And so begins the story that sees Tesseract unraveling the trail back to who hired him then tried to have killed, while those responsible hire another assassin to eliminate even remote connections because they know he will come for him. I did like the Maltese Falcon style twist at the end.

The cast of characters is large and the and most interesting one, other than Tesseract, is the well hidden, utterly amoral, scheming bad guy. The climax of two top notch assassins each trying to kill the other is excellent. This really is a must read for any fan of Ludlum style thrillers with a convoluted plot, but not all that well developed characters.
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