Thriller Thursday (9/23/15 Edition)

Serial killers, a bolt gun (hello NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN!) and a horse race, all play important parts in today’s #ThrillerThursday mysteries:

THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection, an Entertainment Weekly Fall Books pick, and FOUR STARRED pre-pub reviews for this “raw and utterly readable” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) thriller about a traveling pair of serial killers, the 10-year-old witness who survived, and the detective obsessed with solving the murders. “Shockingly good writing… It’s impossible not to be swept away by its propulsive momentum. By shifting the narrative point of view, Black allows us to peer into the depths of his many richly developed characters, from the surprisingly complex killers and their dedicated hunters to the supporting players who pop up only to be ruthlessly disposed of.” — New York Times Book Review

THE SLAUGHTER MAN by Tony Parsons
London detective Max Wolfe knows he has a daughter and dog waiting for him at home. What he doesn’t know is that someone else is there too. “Haunting and moving aren’t words usually used to describe blood-soaked tales of madness and murder. Especially when the death weapon is a bolt gun of the kind slaughterhouses use to blast metal nubs into animals’ brains. But those words apply here because Parsons’ novel has startling emotional power, the result of brooding poetry gliding across a propulsive narrative. A remarkable novel on multiple levels.” — Booklist, starred review

MOVE YOUR BLOOMING CORPSE by D.E. Ireland
The second in Ireland’s clever series starring Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins focuses on a horse racing outing turned ugly when a suffragette is trampled and another syndicate member is murdered. “The snappy pace and fun banter keep the story moving, while details about the suffragette movement, horse racing, fashion, and foods of the Edwardian era add plenty of appealing color, as does the quirky supporting cast.” — Booklist

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