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The Killer Mass Market Paperback – Aug 2 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312547028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547028
  • ASIN: 0312547021
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.1 x 18.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Devout life does not require withdrawal from the world. This was the central insight of Saint Francis de Sales, a 16th-century priest whose Introduction to the Devout Life has not gone out of print in almost four centuries. Francis served the church at a dangerous time in a dangerous place: during the Reformation, in Calvinist areas of France, when celebrating mass was punishable by death. He was a popular minister and a prolific letter writer whose correspondence was cherished for its clear and direct instruction in the ways of piety. The book collects passages from many of those letters, organized as one message addressed to the allegorical character Philothea (which means "lover of God"). The book includes long sections about prayer, temptation, and how to maintain and renew devotion to God. But it is most distinguished by its discussion of how to live a holy life in the secular world. Each chapter (such as "How to Combine Due Care for a Good Reputation with Humility") is frank, uncannily modern, and precise. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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By Kindle Customer on June 14 2015
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This is one of those books that when I finished it, I was depressed until I realized that that he had written several more in the series. I promptly read the rest of them and pre-ordered the next book in the series. This is very much written in the spirit of the Bourne Identity. All other books I have read in the genre I now measure to the work of Tom Wood and frankly, I have found many of them lacking in credibility. Such a great book and series.
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By Ian MacLeod on April 24 2014
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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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By Paladin on May 17 2014
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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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This is the 1st book from Tom Wood and very entertaining if you like Barry Eisler, Vince Flynn.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
A 'killer' book... bud-ump-tsch April 13 2010
By Snailmedia - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
nonstop action April 13 2010
By The Thriller Guy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
remarkable first effort July 20 2010
By Reacher Fan 1909 - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A very tight and engaging thriller Sept. 14 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazingly well put together. It is even more impressive that this is Hinshelwood's first novel.

The plot details are very tight. There are many instances where the plot elements get so intertwined that an author could drop the ball by failing to wrap up loose ends - Hinshelwood does not do that. He is able to wrap up everything in the book into a dense package filled with everything one wants in a complex and engaging thriller.

I did not see many technical difficulties with this book. Any grammatical errors were fairly minor. There was nothing in the writing style that took away from the overall story.

If Hinshelwood can make his next book anywhere as close to this good, he will be an author that should be on everybody's must read lists.