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The Black Art of Killing

Matthew Hall



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15 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Crime & mystery; Espionage & spy thriller; Adventure
New action-packed thriller from Keeping Faith screenwriter Matthew Hall.

Major Leo Black was once one of the SAS's most fearsome and effective warriors and after twenty years of war, is now striving to be a force for peace. A junior tutor without tenure at Oxford University, his lectures on the ethics of conflict are an inspiration to his students but a threat to colleagues wary of admitting him to their gilded circle.

When his oldest friend and comrade is brutally murdered as a part of a dark international conspiracy, Black's new-found principles are put to the ultimate test. There's a violent job to be done and he's the man called upon to do it- the unrivalled expert in the art of killing.
By:   Matthew Hall
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   556g
ISBN:   9780718187408
ISBN 10:   0718187407
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   15 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matthew Hall was born in London and graduated in Law from Oxford. Whilst working as a barrister he spent his spare moments writing screenplays, getting his first commission with the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for Channel 5, Wing And A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category. His latest TV series is the BBC'S Keeping Faith which is returning for a second series in 2019.

Reviews for The Black Art of Killing

Fasten your seatbelts for a quality thriller . . . * Independent on Sunday * An edge-of-the-seat thriller . . . should come with a health warning * Irish Independent * Breathlessly enjoyable * The Times * Praise for Matthew Hall * - * Matthew Hall has crafted an action thriller with more texture than most * The Times * A fast-paced global thriller * Mail on Sunday * A Bond-style thriller for the 21st century. . . Written with pace and great panache, it feels like a movie already * The Daily Mail * 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 * This is an ideal piece of escapism. I heartily recommend it * Shots Magazine * This intelligent thriller is his best work yet * The Sun *

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