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The Killing Kind

Hardcover, 9/15/15

ISBN 9780316259538

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A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

–A Boston Globe Best Books of 2015
–Nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Novel
–Nominated for the Lefty Award for Best World Mystery Novel
–Nominated for Deadly Pleasures’ Best Thriller Barry Award
–Nominated for Mystery Readers International’s Best First Mystery Macavity Award

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he’s not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life—and beloved fiancée—and set out on a path of redemption…or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts: he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he’ll make sure whoever’s coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living—but a great way to make himself a target.

Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and The Best American Mystery Stories. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blends fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty Year’s Best lists. He lives in Portland, Maine.

“Chris Holm’s The Killing Kind is my favorite thriller of the fall lineup. . . . This novel is so fast-moving, so expertly arranged, every piece fitting together with a well-oiled snap, that it feels weaponized. Read it. Or else.” —Benjamin Percy, New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“Pure thriller with a smart, vicious twist . . . What makes this book sing [is] its lean action, breakneck execution, and a nervy concept that’s almost too perfect. . . . There’s a rhythm to it, relentless and breathtaking.” —NPR

“The writing is tight and tense . . . This is a fun spin on crime fiction.” —Associated Press 

“With The Killing Kind, Chris Holm has created a story of rare, compelling brilliance, with a concept so high you’ll need oxygen to finish it. Hit man against hit man, one pure silk and evil, the other not exactly good, but we root for him anyway as the classic antihero. This is a one-sitting, extravagant, mind-blowing reading pleasure with a stable of characters who come across as all flesh, bone and folly. You will never look at men hired to kill other humans the same way. You won’t merely read this book, you will inhale it.” –David Baldacci

“An ultra-strategic cat-and-mouse game of mind-blowing proportions. . . . Holm is terrific at rendering characters with empathy and humor. . . . You’ll want to go along for the ride — but keep that seat belt fastened.” —Boston Globe