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The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel
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A devious tale of psychological suspense perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train—and is soon to be a major movie directed by Agnieszka Holland.

In a tantalizing set-up reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train... On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she's done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, "I'd like to help." After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily's twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily's past that she hasn't shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

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In a tantalizing set-up reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's classic Strangers on a Train... On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she's done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, "I'd like to help." After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily's twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda's demise. But there are a few things about Lily's past that she hasn't shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

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      • source: Lee Child, author of Personal
      • content: "Chilling and hypnotically suspenseful ... could be an instant classic."
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      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "A fun read, full of switchbacks and double crosses... With classic misdirection, Swanson distracts us from the details - changing up murderers and victims fast enough to keep us reading. And, implausibly, rooting for the cold-blooded killer at this thriller's core."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • content: "Revenge has rarely been served colder than in Swanson's exceptional thriller....With scalpel-sharp prose, Swanson probes the nature of coldblooded evil. Few will be prepared for the crushing climax."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bookseller (UK)
      • content: "A devilishly twisty plot, with some gasp-inducing moments. And the ending is terrific."
      • premium: False
      • source: Daily Mail (UK)
      • content: "[Lily] becomes my favourite sociopath—and believe me, there are plenty of them in this very convincing, tightly-plotted novel of revenge and betrayal. . . . Very entertaining."
      • premium: False
      • source: Joe Hill, author of NOS4A2
      • content: "A work of lovely violence and graceful malevolence, The Kind Worth Killing slips into your life like a stiletto in the ribs. This is a book that launches Peter Swanson straight into the ranks of the killer elite, alongside Tana French and Gillian Flynn. He's the real deal."
      • premium: False
      • source: Tatler (UK)
      • content: "Peter Swanson has updated Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train for the new millennium...This is a well written and highly accomplished thriller... You cannot fail to be captivated by this book."
      • premium: False
      • source: Huffington Post
      • content: "A wicked tale full of wicked characters... Sublime writing and more than a few sit-up-straight surprises."
      • premium: False
      • source: Sophie Hannah, author of The Monogram Murders and Kind of Cruel
      • content: "Gripping, elegantly and stylishly written, and extremely hard to put down!"
      • premium: False
      • source: Chris Pavone, author of The Expats
      • content: "Filled with double-timers and double-crossers, cold-eyed stalkers and cold-blooded murderers, The Kind Worth Killing paints a riveting, disturbing picture of marriage gone horribly awry, with no shortage of startling surprises. If you're engaged to get married, by all means read something else."
      • premium: False
      • source: Good Housekeeping, Thriller of the Month (UK)
      • content: "A terrifically hypnotic page-turner that marks Peter Swanson as an exciting new talent."
      • premium: False
      • source: Sunday Times (UK)
      • content: "From its initial nod to Strangers on a Train onwards, this is a homage to Patricia Highsmith, but in some ways it outdoes the queen of queasy in sheer nastiness. . . . [Swanson] continually juggles narrators and pulls off surprises."
      • premium: False
      • source: Sunday Mirror (UK)
      • content: "Nothing and no one are as they first appear in this deliciously twisted and devious thriller... A classy, slick and stiletto-sharp thriller that builds to a nerve-shredding climax."
      • premium: False
      • source: BBC Radio 4 (UK)
      • content: "[There are] many surprises in a plot that twists and turns like a jack-knife."
      • premium: False
      • source: Shortlist (UK)
      • content: "A dark tale of an affair that ends in murder, with a number of Gone Girl-esque twists along the way."
      • premium: False
      • source: Nelson DeMille
      • content: "An extraordinarily well-written tale of deceit and revenge told by a very gifted writer. . . . The characters [] seem normal on the outside, but are deliciously abnormal on the inside. The twists are not just in the plot; they are also in the heads of the plotters."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • content: "Revenge has rarely been served colder than in Swanson's exceptional thriller, his second standalone after 2013's The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. . . . With scalpel-sharp prose, Swanson probes the nature of coldblooded evil. Few will be prepared for the crushing climax."
      • premium: False
      • source: Upcoming4me.com
      • content: "Might be first truly unputdownable book of 2015. . . . A whole plethora of gasping surprises and gutting reveals that'll will keep you on the edge of the seat all to the end. . . . An addictive and seductive read. . . .Simply brilliant stuff."
      • premium: False
      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "The next Gone Girl? . . . There aren't just two unreliable narrators, there are four. There isn't just one enormous, game-changing twist. Try three. . . . You'll also lose count of all the sociopaths . . . they're each deranged but oh-so-compelling."
      • premium: False
      • source: Mysteryplayground.net
      • content: "Grabbed me right from the beginning, and kept me hooked until the end. . . . The author did a great job pulling off a difficult challenge and writing style. The uniqueness of this, and the skill with which it was executed, made for a really great book."
      • premium: False
      • source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
      • content: "This devilishly clever noir thriller [has] head-spinning surprises that make it an intoxicating read. ....
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        Starred review from December 8, 2014
        Revenge has rarely been served colder than in Swanson’s exceptional thriller, his second standalone after 2013’s The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. 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. Unbeknownst to Ted, Lily has made a career of dispassionate homicide, at one point musing, “to take another life was, in many ways, the greatest expression of what it meant to be alive.” While Ted and Lily hatch their devious scheme back in Boston, police detective Henry Kimball tries to untangle the web of deceit that surrounds Lily. With scalpel-sharp prose, Swanson probes the nature of cold-blooded evil. Few will be prepared for the crushing climax. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Associates.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        September 15, 2014

        Swanson's rivetingly creepy The Girl with a Clock for a Heart was declared crime fiction's best first novel of 2014 by the Washington Post and has been optioned for film. In his new work, also optioned, Ted Severson is flying from London to Boston when he gets into an intense tete-a-tete with striking but enigmatic Lily Kintner, finally blurting out that he could just kill his wife. When Lily coolly replies that she'd like to help, a murder plot is born. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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