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: 3.5 The Kill (The Kills: Book Three) A Novel by Richard House 2013 / 256 Pages
Fate up against your will
The Kills is a 2013 Man Booker Prize nominated volume from Richard House which is comprised of four stand-alone novels. The Kill is the third of these novels.
Richard House is about to put an extreme amount of faith in you as a reader, but the real question is how much do you trust him as a writer?
As book three of his addictively mind-blowing epic The Kills gets underway, it appears as though House has hit the pause button on his tale of military conspiracy in order tell a completely different, yet just as interesting side story about a grisly murder that takes place in the basement of an Italian palazzo. Trust him. Even if this drama seems unconnected to the main narrative that’s been building for the previous 500+ pages in the series, this detour will eventually make some sense.
I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right? But how can you help it? Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.
Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees. Let’s play a little game. Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?