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The Killer [Mass Market Paperback]

Tom Wood


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Book Description

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…

 


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Product Details

  • 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: 19 x 10.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,705 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.

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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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  113 reviews
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'killer' book... bud-ump-tsch April 13 2010
By Snailmedia - Published on Amazon.com
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.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nonstop action April 13 2010
By Stealth Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Read!! May 13 2010
By John R. Linnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scam! Same book, he just changed the title Nov. 22 2011
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Buyer Beware! I read Tom Woods "The Killer" and enjoyed it and when I found another book by him called "The Hunter" I ordered it. After a couple of pages I was having a Deja Vu moment. It was the same book I just finished reading "The Killer" but it was now called "The Hunter. SCAM!
Amazon should remove this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top thrillers of 2010 July 8 2010
By Christine L. Gilman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just finished reading "The Killer", and I'll keep it short and sweet...EXCELLENT!!
Can't hardly wait for his next book. No spoilers here, read it!
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