New Fiction: The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson

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.

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