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The Kills

(2013)
(A book in the Kills series)
An omnibus of novels by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013.

This is The Kills: Sutler, The Massive, The Kill, The Hit.

The Kills is an epic novel of crime and conspiracy told in four books. It begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body. Moving across continents, characters and genres, there will be no more ambitious or exciting novel in 2013.

In a ground-breaking collaboration between author and publisher, Richard House has also created multimedia content that takes you beyond the boundaries of the book and into the characters' lives outside its pages.

Plot Summary

Camp Liberty is an unmanned staging-post in Amrah province, Iraq; the place where the detritus of the war is buried, incinerated, removed from memory. Until, suddenly, plans are announced to transform it into the largest military base in the country, codenamed the Massive, with a post-war strategy to convert the site for civilian use.

Contracted by HOSCO, the insidious company responsible for overseeing the Massive, Rem Gunnersen finds himself unwittingly commanding a disparate group of economic mercenaries at Camp Liberty when the mysterious Stephen Lawrence Sutler arrives. As the men are played against each other by HOSCO the situation grows increasingly tense. And then everything changes. An explosion. An attack on a regional government office. When the dust settles it emerges that Sutler has disappeared, and over fifty million dollars of reconstruction funds are missing.

Sutler finds himself accused and on the run. Gunnersen and his men want revenge for months of abuse and misinformation. Out of the chaos a man named Paul Geezler rises to restore order, a man more involved than he's willing to admit.

And then there's the vicious murder of an American student in Italy. A murder that replicates exactly the details of a well-known novel.

Reviews

'The Kills is engrossing but also ferociously complex and demanding . . . [House] writes in startling detail about character, location and physical mannerisms . . . a very sophisticated yarn-spinner' Evening Standard

'Richard House has written a damn good book' Sunday Times

'A staggering achievement . . . Highly recommended' Daily Mail

About the Author

Richard House is an author, film maker, artist and university lecturer. As well as the digital-first novel The Kills, he has written two previous novels (Bruiser and Uninvited), which were published by Serpent's Tail in the 1990s. He is a member of the Chicago-based collaborative Haha. He is the editor of a digital magazine, Fatboy Review: www.fatboyreview.net

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Used availability for Richard House's The Kills

Hardback Editions

August 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Kills: Sutler, The Massive, The Kill, and The Hit
Author(s): Richard House
ISBN: 1-250-05243-2 / 978-1-250-05243-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Kills
Author(s): Richard House
ISBN: 1-4472-3786-2 / 978-1-4472-3786-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: The Kills: Sutler, The Massive, The Kill, and The Hit
Author(s): Richard House
ISBN: 1-250-07100-3 / 978-1-250-07100-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Kills
Author(s): Richard House
ISBN: 1-4472-6164-X / 978-1-4472-6164-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Kills
Author(s): Richard House
ISBN: 1-4472-4994-1 / 978-1-4472-4994-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Kills: Sutler, The Massive, The Kill, and The Hit
Author(s): Richard House
Publisher: Picador
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July 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Kills
Author(s): Richard House
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA