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The Killing Kind

(2015)
(The first book in the Michael Hendricks series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Novel
Barry Awards Best Thriller (nominee)
Macavity Awards Best First Book (nominee)
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.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Lean, brutal and riveting, Chris Holm's 'The Killing Kind' is the kind of novel you can't put down but also want to savor. With sharply etched characters, knifelike twists and hardboiled energy to burn, it's an utter winner, beginning to end." - Megan Abbott

"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

"Chris Holm loads an ingenious premise-an assassin who kills only other assassins-into a high-powered story that goes off like a rocket. His protagonist, Mike Hendricks, is an all-American anti-hero with his own code of justice, living on stolen time. The Killing Kind is sleek and smart, and will stay with you long after you've finished reading." - Joseph Finder

"Chris Holm's 'The Killing Kind' is my favorite thriller of the fall lineup. Here's a solid gold premise: an assassin who only kills other assassins. . . . The cat-and-mouse game that follows is pure joy. . . . 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


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Used availability for Chris F Holm's The Killing Kind

Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Killing Kind (Thorndike Press Large Print Thriller)
Author(s): Chris Holm
ISBN: 1-4104-9725-9 / 978-1-4104-9725-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Killing Kind (A Michael Hendricks Novel, 1)
Author(s): Chris Holm
ISBN: 0-316-25953-5 / 978-0-316-25953-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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August 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
ISBN: 1-4736-0614-4 / 978-1-4736-0614-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Killing Kind (A Michael Hendricks Novel, 1)
Author(s): Chris Holm
ISBN: 0-316-25952-7 / 978-0-316-25952-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
ISBN: 1-4736-0616-0 / 978-1-4736-0616-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
ISBN: 1-4736-0615-2 / 978-1-4736-0615-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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January 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Kind
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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September 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Killing Kind
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Killing Kind (A Michael Hendricks Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Killing Kind: Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel
Author(s): Chris Holm
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU