The Kills: Sutler, the Massive, the Kill, and the Hit (Hardcover)
A MASTERWORK OF INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE SET IN THE ASHES OF WAR-TORN IRAQ, ITALY, AND AREAS IN BETWEEN.
Richard House's "The Kills" is an epic novel of crime and conspiracy told in four books. It begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body. Moving across continents, characters, and genres, there will be no more ambitious or exciting novel published this year.
About the Author
Richard House is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and teacher. He is the author of two short dark novels, Bruiser and Uninvited, published by Ira Silverberg in the Serpent's Tail High Risk series. He is a member of the Chicago-based collaborative Haha, whose work has appeared at the New Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Venice Biennale. He teaches at the University of Birmingham and is the editor of Fatboy Review, a digital literary magazine.
“A sprawling, subterranean, sometimes-surreal novel of the new world order, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, in which Bolaño and Pynchon wave in passing as we dodge between IEDs and sinister plots....Ambitious and often brilliant.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The Kills is a hugely ambitious and mesmerizing work, fresh and entertaining. Richard House is the real deal.”—Olen Steinhauer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Tourist and An American Spy
“This is a staggering achievement....Highly recommended.”—Daily Mail (London)
“The Kills...takes you on a hell of a ride.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)
“The Kills by Richard House: The second section of this four-part novel is callexd 'The Massive'; it's a title that could have stood for the whole. House's sprawling quadruple-decker, longlisted for the Booker Prize, is a literary thriller set against the background of the Iraq War.”—Garth Risk Halberg, The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2014
“Richard House has written a damn good book....The Kills is possibly the most eyebrow-raising entry on this year’s Booker longlist....He is not your average novelist, but is also a filmmaker, artist, and magazine editor....If this all seems hifalutin, rest assured: The Kills is still all about spinning a good yarn.”—The Sunday Times (London)
“A gigantic experiment, bracing, thrilling and worthy of a medal for narrative heroism, Richard House’s four-volume The Kills plays an epic set of variations on the shadow war for loot and influence behind the chaos of Iraq.”—Boyd Tonkin, The Independent (London), Books of the Year
“The novel I enjoyed most was Richard House’s sensational pile-driver, The Kills.”—Philip Hensher, The Guardian (London), Best Books of the Year
“Richard House’s The Kills was the novel that impressed me most: a terrific unbuckled ride through global and intimate catastrophes, blood and billions.”—Philip Hensher, The Spectator (London), Best Books of the Year