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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312547028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547028
  • ASIN: 0312547021
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

(Starred review) British scriptwriter Hinshelwood's superlative fiction debut takes familiar suspense elements—a hired killer, a CIA traitor, a gorgeous operative, Russian spies, and an espionage coup involving advanced weapon technology—and whips them into nonstop action that veers and twists from one ferocious gun battle, double cross, and betrayal to the next. In a Paris alley early one morning, hired assassin Victor performs a routine job, shooting 58-year-old Latvian national Andris Ozols, then relieving the body of a small flash drive. When Victor returns to his posh hotel on the Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, he unexpectedly must fight a gang of other professional hit men. Further attempts on his life raise the question: who wants him dead and what's on the memory stick? The action shifts from Paris and various spots in Europe to CIA headquarters and the coast of Africa, the scene of a final cataclysmic clash. Thriller fans will be eager to see more from this bright new talent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Hinshelwood's first novel—a classic hunter-becomes-the-hunted thriller—crackles like the early work of Robert Ludlum. Victor works as a paid assassin and never questions why he is asked to kill specific targets. After completing what appears to be a routine assignment—kill a man in Paris and retrieve a flash drive from the body—Victor returns to his hotel with the data in hand and finds a professional hit team waiting for him. Barely surviving the onslaught, he runs from city to city across wintry Europe, trying to determine who wants him dead and to find a way to read the encrypted data hidden on the drive. Such plots have been done to death in film and literature, but Hinshelwood brings an appealing and enigmatic main character into the mix, creating a refreshing and relentless story line that seems new. Fans of spy thrillers and books with heavy action will find this a worthwhile read. --Jeff Ayers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Tom was born in Burton Upon Trent in Staffordshire, England, and now lives in London. He has worked in a range of jobs and now writes full time. THE KILLER is his first novel.

PLEASE BE AWARE: THE HUNTER is the UK version of THE KILLER. They are the same book, but Amazon sells both versions.

www.tomwoodbooks.com

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Snailmedia on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just read The Killer while on holiday (or rather on the flight there), and I have to admit to being surprised and delighted by the quality of the writing style and the material. The Killer is one of those books that you just plough through without putting down, full of dynamism and a good story arc, and without some of the cheesy detail about guns and equipment which stylise some of the authors peers. There is still enough detail for the layman to understand without nausea and to know that Hinshelwood knows his stuff without shoving it down your throat.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good engaging thriller or a book for reading by the pool (where I finished it) or on a flight. Totally immersive, fun, and fast paced. The chapters are just the right length for when you want to 'dip in' to the book quickly, and add to the pace of the action and the read.
A great first book, and a good romp across Europe with the excellent 'Victor'. I look forward to the next one.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stealth Reviewer on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hinshelwwod's Killer is just that, a cold, ruthless workman who's business is contract killing. If you're tired of thrillers where the characters sit around and yak, yak, yak to each other instead of getting on with business, this is the book for you. The author fires it up, slams down the pedal and doesn't let up till the end. Exhilarating. Exhausting. Terrific.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on May 13, 2010
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I was put onto this book by a friend who had read the reviews although she had not read the book, as yet. The timing was perfect as I was looking for a book to read as my wife and I made our semi annual trek from our home in Tucson to our summer home in Maine by car. It is a five day, four night drive and a book that takes you by the lapels and brings you inside the cover is just what I need after all those miles before catching some shut eye.

The author did not disappoint which is a nice compliment for a first effort. The central figure of the book is Victor and Victor is most assuredly "a killer" in every sense of the word. He has been hired to intercept and kill a Russian turncoat who is selling the whereabouts of a sunken Russian submarine which is carrying some very sophistcated and highly desirable anti-ship missles which are more technically advanced than anything in the West. His employers are unknown, but they are willing to pay very well for the "flash drive" that the Russian is selling.

Completing the assignment was the easiest part of the effort for Victor, however as he returns to his Parisian hotel following obtaining the drive he finds that there is a team of killers at the hotel and they are looking for him.

Eight dead men left behind testify to Victor's accomplishments as a killer, but his problem is now, who were they, who were they working for and has he been double crossed?

From here on in the story gets very interesting and very complicated and if you want to find out how the matter plays out, I suggest you do yourself the favor of acquiring this book and settling in for a few nights of solid reading. You will be glad you did.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fudpucker on December 21, 2012
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I read the same book bought through Amazon under the name " The Killer by Tom Wood " Then months later Amazon sends a reading rec. for " The Hunter by Tom Wood " based on my previous reading purchasies..Its the exact same book..got halfway through the first chapter before realizing I had already read it.....I feel I have been cheated and tricked into purchasing the same book twice..Actually the book is pretty good,,,,,but not to buy twice..you live and learn I guess.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine L. Gilman on July 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading "The Killer", and I'll keep it short and sweet...EXCELLENT!!
Can't hardly wait for his next book. No spoilers here, read it!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason on November 22, 2011
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Buyer Beware! I read Tom Woods "The Killer" and enjoyed it and when I found another book by him called "The Hunter" I ordered it. After a couple of pages I was having a Deja Vu moment. It was the same book I just finished reading "The Killer" but it was now called "The Hunter. SCAM!
Amazon should remove this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TinaKay on September 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Very action packed and graphic. Easy to like and root for The Killer since his victims are bad guys, but you learn things that make him likeable. Ignore reviews that imply the author skimped on details. This story lacked nothing. Some fight sequences lasted longer than I cared for, but the events overall were very realistic. When characters got hurt their injuries affected their ability to fire guns with accuracy, they got disoriented, and pain slowed them down and limited what they could do. This was true for all the characters.

This is a book I'll save to reread again and again. Tom Wood (or Hinshelwood) made my "favorite authors" list with this one! Looking forward to more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Pippin on September 1, 2011
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Well written and thought out. The weapons handling made sense and showed he did his research on the subject. Great read.
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