The Killing Lessons – Saul Black

Pub Date – 21st May 2015 Paperback – already available on Kindle


I haven’t read a decent serial killer novel in such a long time – mostly because I grew rather weary of the genre since there was a dearth of original specimens out there.  Saul Black has succeeded in luring me back with this accomplished piece of writing which I devoured in one sitting.

The chapters are short and succinct with lots of twists and turns to make this a really addictive read.  The characters are true to life and the author takes care and time to let the reader know more about both the “goodies” and the “baddies” making them more than a means to an end.

There’s a lot going on in this fast paced thriller with the main detective being victimised by someone unknown, a child witness to a murder unable to get to safety, a serial killer tiring of his sidekick.

It’s a dark and disturbing tale but extremely entertaining at that…. strange but true!


Saul Black is the pen name of the acclaimed novelist Glen Duncan. He was born in Bolton in 1965 and studied philosophy and literature at Lancaster University. His first novel, Hope, was published in 1997, and has been followed by seven further novels: Love Remains; I, Lucifer, shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Weathercock; Death of an Ordinary Man; The Bloodstone Papers; and A Day and A Night

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  1. I had no idea Glen Duncan and Saul Black were the same author! I haven’t read either, but I do have both in my TBR pile. My family is from Bolton so that makes him even more appealing. Do you know if any of his books are set there?

  2. Lainy SMBSLT says:

    Oh I like this genre, haven’t heard of this one either, my bookcases groan everytime I visit friends blogs because I come away with new titles and books to get :P


  3. Teresa says:

    This is his first as Saul Black, Jackie. I don’t think any of his Glen Duncan novels have Bolton as setting (could be wrong!) but they seem to focus on his Anglo-Indian Catholic upbringing.

    Lainy, another one I think you’d like!

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