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The Killing Lessons

(2015)
(The first book in the Valerie Hart series)
A novel by

 
 
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 corpses - 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 slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's 10-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 terrifying than what she's running from.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Do not read this. No reader deserves to be terrified like this." - Linwood Barclay

"Unbelievably good...this one has it all." - Lee Child

"This novel breaks brilliant. It's hard to tell what's the best part of The Killing Lessons: the sweaty-palm plot that races along like a squadcar on a high-speed pursuit, the breathtaking depictions of the characters, good and bad, or author Black's inimitable style. My vote? All three." - Jeffery Deaver

"Completely mesmerizing! Black delivers a powerhouse of a thriller: two terrifying villains versus one damaged cop with numerous lives in the balance. Not to be missed." - Lisa Gardner

"If you want to ruin a perfectly good weekend with a gut-wrenching, spine-tingling, deeply disturbing, edge-of-the-seat-thrilling crime novel, The Killing Lessons is your ticket. Beware." - Chris Pavone

"The Killing Lessons is the best thriller I've read in years. It's so realistic at times that I had to stop and catch my breath. The relationship between these two killers, and the woman who is trying to capture them, is intense and tangible. This is the first book that I've finished, then turned immediately back to page one so I could experience it all over again. It's mind-blowing, terrifying, visceral, disturbing, and gorgeously written and I've been telling everyone I know that they have to pick up this book!" - Chevy Stevens

"The Killing Lessons is a dark, twisted, and deeply compelling read. Saul Black perfectly inhabits each of his characters, even the most deranged among them, and weaves a breathless thriller that is as beautiful as it is terrifying." - Lisa Unger


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Used availability for Saul Black's The Killing Lessons

Hardback Editions

January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Killing Lessons (Thorndike Press large print mystery)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-4104-8587-0 / 978-1-4104-8587-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A Novel (Valerie Hart, 1)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-250-05734-5 / 978-1-250-05734-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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May 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Killing Lessons (Valerie Hart 1)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-4091-5294-4 / 978-1-4091-5294-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Killing Lessons (Valerie Hart)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-250-13354-8 / 978-1-250-13354-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Griffin
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August 2016 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A Novel (Valerie Hart)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-250-06755-3 / 978-1-250-06755-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Killing Lessons (Valerie Hart 1)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-4091-5296-0 / 978-1-4091-5296-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


1691 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Killing Lessons
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-4091-5295-2 / 978-1-4091-5295-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A Novel (Valerie Hart)
Author(s): Saul Black
ISBN: 1-4272-6399-X / 978-1-4272-6399-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A Novel
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


September 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A Novel
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon   


May 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon AU   


May 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A Novel (Valerie Hart Book 1)
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Killing Lessons: A brutally compelling serial killer thriller (Valerie Hart 1)
Author(s): Saul Black
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU