Rating: 4.5 The Kills A Novel by Richard House 2013 / 913 Pages
Has anybody ever told you it’s not coming true
What could I possibly have left to write about Richard House’s Booker nominated conspiracy masterpiece that I haven’t written already?
This article exists less as a proper book review and more as a placeholder from which to link out to each of my previously published reviews of the four stand-alone novels – Sutler (book one), The Massive (book two), The Kill (book three), and The Hit (book four) – that combine to form The Kills.
The overall verdict: you should drop everything and read this novel. For more detailed explanations as to why, see each of the linked articles below.
Rating: 4.5 The Hit (The Kills: Book Four) A Novel by Richard House 2013 / 261 Pages
There is a world inside the world
The Kills is a 2013 Man Booker Prize nominated volume from Richard House which is comprised of four stand-alone novels. The Hit is the fourth of these novels.
In Don DeLillo’s classic 1988 novel Libra, a fictionalized Lee Harvey Oswald repeatedly insists that “There is a world inside the world.” Emphasizing his belief that buried beneath the surface of the visible, lurking just out of sight, is some second layer of complex hidden truths that are driven by incomprehensible machinations, this succinct statement compactly echoes the fear of conspiracy theorists and paranoid delusionists the world over.
Rating: 4 The Massive (The Kills: Book Two) A Novel by Richard House 2013 / 311 Pages
I shoulda learned to play the guitar
The Kills is a 2013 Man Booker Prize nominated volume from Richard House which is comprised of four stand-alone novels. The Massive is the second of these novels.
It would be bad enough if the only problem facing Rem Gunnersen with regards to his self-owned and operated business was that of financial ruin. Yes, he’s drowning in debt. Yes, he’s desperate for money. Yes, he’s staring the very real possibility of bankruptcy in the face. Problems of cash flow, difficult as they can be, are fixable in a multitude of ways. Having to recover from any damage done to his professional reputation however is something that would prove to be a much more arduous task. At the start of The Massive, Rem finds himself in the unenviable position of having to deal with both issues, one as a direct consequence of the other.
Rating: 4.5 Sutler (The Kills: Book One) A Novel by Richard House 2013 / 302 Pages
The Kills is a 2013 Man Booker Prize nominated volume from Richard House which is comprised of four stand-alone novels. Sutler is the first of these novels.
“Listen. There’s a problem and it can’t be solved. You need to disappear.”
Stringing together these thirteen simple words in a way that aches with urgency, Richard House launches into an alluring piece of political crime fiction that sidesteps the trappings of the genre tag placed on it and boldly defies classification. Some might argue that this particular “type” of novel doesn’t merit a spot on the Man Booker longlist. They’d be wrong.
We’re baaaaaaaack! After what feels like a year hiatus, because, well, it was, half of the BookerMarks gang (or as we like to call ourselves, BookerMarkers) finally get back together to discuss this year’s crop of nominated titles.
In this episode Aaron talks cat ass and dog balls and gushes about Richard House’s Sutler and The Massive, Michelle mispronounces the names of at least 4 book titles and one website, Penny accepts a 2013 wager that could turn out to be far more costly than TripeGate 2012, and Mike reveals that he’s Jewish.
So you think you know everything there is to know about Sutler, the first book in Richard House’s Booker nominated novel The Kills? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!
What’s it about?
Sutler is described by the book’s publisher Picador as follows:
The digital first publication of Sutler is the start of a groundbreaking collaboration between a writer and publisher.
Listen. There’s a problem and it can’t be solved. You need to disappear.
This is Stephen Lawrence Sutler’s last morning at Camp Liberty, Iraq. In two hours a massive explosion will conceal the theft of $53,000,000. Sutler, shaken by the blast and forced to go the run, is unaware that any money is missing or that he has been set up. His problems are just beginning.