The Black Art of Killing

Author(s): Matthew Hall

Crime Fiction


'A Bond-style thriller for the 21st century. . . Written with pace and great panache, it feels like a movie already'
Daily Mail

'Brilliant. Incredibly immersive'
Tom Marcus

'People sleep peacefully only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf . . .'

For twenty years Leo Black was in the SAS. Now he lectures on violence instead of committing it, putting his soldiering days behind him in pursuit of a respectful academic life.

But when a former comrade in arms is killed trying to prevent a scientist's abduction, Black is faced with an unexpected choice.

Be the upright citizen the university demands . . .

Or avenge the dead man to whom he owes his life.


'This intelligent thriller is his best work yet'

'A fast-paced global thriller'
Mail on Sunday

'Matthew Hall has crafted an action thriller with more texture than most'
The Times

'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'
The Times

Praise for Matthew Hall

'Breathlessly enjoyable'
The Times

'An edge-of-the-seat thriller . . . should come with a health warning'
Irish Independent

'Fasten your seatbelts for a quality thriller . . .'
Independent on Sunday


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General Fields

  • : 9781405930918
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Michael Joseph
  • : March 2021
  • : 2.7 Centimeters X 12.9 Centimeters X 19.8 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Matthew Hall
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 464