The Killing Lessons: Saul Black


The Killing Lessons by Saul Black, Book Review Murder In Common

Desperation & Loss

Courage & Recovery

 

Saul Black’s characterization of the lead investigator Valerie Hart is excellent. She’s smart, accomplished and damn good at her job. Stress has taken its toll however and her decline is marked by a serial killer case from years earlier.

 

She becomes self-destructive and betrays her lover with another man. It’s not just his heart she crushed with this act but also her own, and she descends into alcoholism. While this seems a typical trope it feels real, relatable and understandable.

This is a dark crime fiction book with a demented killer and his ‘wanna-be’ sidekick wreaking chaos across the country. One criticism, the book could have easily lost the FBI agent Carla York whose character is simply unnecessary and somewhat puzzling for that.

A sub-plot with and elderly man crippled by sciatica and a frightened little girl brings poignant nuance over the pages. One of the best books I’ve listened to this year.

Update: Book 2 in the Valerie Hart series, Love Murder is now available.

~ June Lorraine

 

British author Glen Duncan writing as Saul Black

 

 

 

 

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14 comments

  1. Yes indeed it has its grim content but I’m so glad you enjoyed the complexity and suspense. Thanks for your input on this Carol. Valerie is great!

  2. I finally got to reading The Killing Lessons. Although I found that it had too much violence for my taste, its complex plot held my interest. It was well written with lots of nail biting suspense and a dark atmosphere. I really liked Valerie. 🙂

  3. Your review makes me want to read the book!

  4. June, your review makes me want to read this, but then I read the comments. How dark is it?

    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas! xx

  5. I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know. But your comment about the FBI agent makes me wonder why she was so unnecessary. Can you elaborate?

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