Richard House The Kills

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Camp liberty is a forgotten military base in amrah province, iraq, a place where the detritus of war is incinerated, burried, erased from memory. It is manned only by a small group of economic mercenaries. When the mysterious stephen lawrence sutler arrives tension begins to mount. 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. This is neither the beginning nor the end of the trouble. There's the vicious murder of an american student in italy. A murder that replicates exactly the details of a well-known novel, a novel sutler has read. Moving across continents, characters and genres, the kills is an epic tale of crime and conspiracy: ambitious, original and gripping. 'prepare to be dazzled by this monumental novel' sunday times

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RICHARD HOUSEis an author, film maker, artist and university lecturer. He is a member of the Chicago-based collaborative Haha and the editor of a digital magazine,Fatboy Review.

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“A symphony in four distinct novel-length movements....Perfect for folks whose idea Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks involve curling up with a fat, rewarding read.” ―Passport

The Kills challenges what a thriller can be...Despite the influence of Roberto Bolaño's 2666, Sutler calls the protagonist of another open-ended epic to mind: Tyrone Slothrop of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, a character who disappears from the book but whose presence can be felt on every page. The Kills has similar goals as Gravity's Rainbow: to expose the greed and corruption that thrives in the economy of war. House may not have written a conventional thriller, but The Kills is a thrilling work of art by a writer at the top of his game.” ―Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times

“One-word review: Wow.” ―Susannah Cahalan, New York Post

The Kills offers up all the suspense and violence of a thriller, but House's tetralogy is much more than an exciting story.” ―Tulsa World

The Kills is in part a comprehensive, Tom Wolfe-esque plunge into the underworld of military contracting. It's also a shrewd, globe-trotting thriller in the vein of John le Carré...Reading it will make quick work of a cross-country flight or a weekend at the beach.” ―Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“A long read, and worth every minute....House's brilliant structure allows him to maintain maximum suspense while following his characters and ideas across a vast moral, political, and philosophical landscape. (The effect is not unlike Roberto Bolaño's in 2666, an inspiration for The Kills.) The novel is ambitious, expansive, beautifully written, and gripping, with intimations of danger shimmering behind even the simplest gesture. Imagine Philip Petit walking a tightrope across the Grand Canyon. The Kills is that dazzling.” ―NPR.org

“Huge and hugely ambitious...House is one of the few British writers taking on the challenge of constructing a literary novel through the prism of a crime novel...House creates a surreal, Mesopotamian Catch-22...The Kills, with its ambition, linguistic stylization, and global reach, is exactly the kind of novel the Booker Prize (and the reading public) needs.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books

“The thousand-page novel you'll actually want to read...Richard House's THE KILLS comprises four separate novels--addictive, interlocking thrillers that echo the political intrigue of Graham Greene and the innovative structures of Roberto Bolaño....There's a summer's worth of white-knuckle page turning here, but you'll probably need only a week.” ―Details

“Criminally entertaining.” ―Vanity Fair

The Kills is not a typical thriller, but it has the pace and energy associated with the genre and it's already being compared to the work of John le Carre....House has taken a familiar form and made it fresh....Richly detailed, evocative prose.” ―Out

“This is the kind of book that classics are made off.” ―Amos Lassen, ReviewsByAmosLassen.com

The Kills is a hugely ambitious and mesmerizing work, fresh and entertaining. Richard House is the real deal.” ―Olen Steinhauer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Tourist and An American Spy

“This is a staggering achievement....Highly recommended.” ―Daily Mail (London)

“Remarkable...Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel...The Kills is a work of intense artistic conviction and demands a serious commitment from its readers. They'll be rewarded.” ―Booklist

“Engrossing...House's four-part, 1,000-page novel of corruption and murder is a heady page-turner. Already a hit in the U.K., The Kills trots the globe with professional killers and military contractors, and earns its comparisons to John le Carré with a healthy dose of political intrigue.” ―Matthew Love, Time Out New York

“Richard House's ambitious espionage novel, inspired by Roberto Bolano's 2666 and Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart, is comprised of four tightly linked books....It all adds up to an astonishing saga.” ―Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com

“A sprawling, subterranean, sometimes-surreal novel of the new world order, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, in which Bolaño and Pynchon wave in passing as we dodge between IEDs and sinister plots....Ambitious and often brilliant.” ―Kirkus Reviews

The Kills...takes you on a hell of a ride.” ―The Daily Telegraph (London)

The Kills by Richard House: The second section of this four-part novel is callexd 'The Massive'; it's a title that could have stood for the whole. House's sprawling quadruple-decker, longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a literary thriller set against the background of the Iraq War.” ―Garth Risk Halberg, The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2014

“Richard House has written a damn good book....The Kills is possibly the most eyebrow-raising entry on this year's Booker longlist....He is not your average novelist, but is also a filmmaker, artist, and magazine editor....If this all seems hifalutin, rest assured: The Kills is still all about spinning a good yarn.” ―The Sunday Times (London)

“A gigantic experiment, bracing, thrilling and worthy of a medal for narrative heroism, Richard House's four-volume The Kills plays an epic set of variations on the shadow war for loot and influence behind the chaos of Iraq.” ―Boyd Tonkin, The Independent (London), Books of the Year

“The novel I enjoyed most was Richard House's sensational pile-driver, The Kills.” ―Philip Hensher, The Guardian (London), Best Books of the Year

“Richard House's The Kills was the novel that impressed me most: a terrific unbuckled ride through global and intimate catastrophes, blood and billions.” ―Philip Hensher, The Spectator (London), Best Books of the Year

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