Like your suspense to lean more towards old fashioned, elegant noir than slasher and serial killer stories with high body counts? Then Swanson might be for you. This is a writer who clearly finds his inspiration in Hitchcock and Highsmith. His 2014 debut, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, was called “crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014” by the Washington Post and “[a]n intense mix of noir, pulp fiction, and fun” by the Boston Globe.
This new book is an updated twist on Strangers on a Train. On a transatlantic flight, a mysterious woman offers to help Ted Severson murder his unfaithful wife. But of course our femme fatale’s dark background ultimately proves more dangerous to Ted than his initial crime. It’s a very clever, very pacey cat-and-mouse story.
Revenge has rarely been served colder than in Swanson’s exceptional thriller…When Ted Severson, a wealthy Boston entrepreneur, and Lily Kintner, an attractive archivist at Winslow College outside Boston, meet by chance in a Heathrow airport lounge, they trade intimate secrets: Ted wants to kill his unfaithful wife, Miranda—and Lily, who’s about Miranda’s age, wants to help…. With scalpel-sharp prose, Swanson probes the nature of cold-blooded evil. Few will be prepared for the crushing climax.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dark and twisted suspense that makes you wonder who is really the bad guy. For fans of Dexter who enjoy a bit of moral ambiguity with their psychopaths…. A suspenseful and engaging read.”
–Amanda Kothe, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
The Kind Worth Killing (9780062267528) Peter Swanson. $25.99 hardcover. 2/3/15 on sale.