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The Black Art of Killing by Matthew Hall

The Black Art of Killing

Matthew Hall

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Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9780718187392

Oxford University has never employed a man like Leo Black before. Now an adored lecturer destined for tenure among the gleaming spires, Leo Black served the SAS for twenty years with distinction. When the friend he fought alongside is killed in Paris trying to prevent the abduction of a young British scientist, the world Leo has tried to put behind him begins to reel him back in. But as Leo gets closer to the startling truth about his friend's death, he faces a difficult decision. Forget the training, the loyalty, the service and be the man the university wants him to be . . .

4 stars out of 5
Jeremy Duns
14 Apr 2020

"an action thriller with more texture than most"

Missing scientists and former special forces men drawn back into the field are well-worn plotlines, but Hall — the creator of the TV seriesKeeping Faith and the author of the Jenny Cooper crime novels — has crafted an action thriller with more texture than most. Hall probes how a real-life Jack Reacher figure might cope with years of taking lives for the greater good, and Black’s inner conflict gives the firefights and betrayals erupting around him unusual depth.