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Published by Head of Zeus, 7 March 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78954268-4
Well, I am exhausted. I have just finished Killing
State by Judith O’Reilly – a high-octane conspiracy thriller set in the
North is an assassin, and a dead man walking courtesy of a bullet lodged in his
brain from his time as a soldier in Afghanistan that will kill him if it moves
a millimetre the wrong way. He now works for The Board, a highly secretive
organisation set up to protect the country at any cost. But when North is told
to take out MP Honor Jones there’s a problem – he doesn’t kill women. And his
intuition tells him she is innocent.
a thriller with an energetic pace that doesn’t let up. At all. There are
murders and fights and bombings and blood and gore from beginning to end. The
action moves all over the UK, from London to Newcastle to East Anglia.
North is a
great character with nothing to lose and looking for ‘inner peace’. I rather
liked him. I also really warmed to the sassy and Intelligent 14-year-old IT
expert Fangfang Yu….but, be warned, no one is who they seem, and no one can be
trusted. Everyone has shades of good and evil.
State is no deep-thinking
literary novel. It does nod to the idea that power in the UK could fall into
the wrong hands with grave consequences for the nation. But if it’s a
fast-paced action-packed story of power and corruption and murder that you
want, then Killing State is for you. It’s the first in a series featuring
Michael North, and I will definitely be reading the next.
Judith O'Reilly is author of
the debut action adventure thriller Killing State. (Book 2 in the
series, Curse the Day, follows later this year.)Her
nonfiction books include Wife in the North, (a top-three Sunday
Times bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week) and A Year of Doing
Good. Judith is a former journalist with the Sunday Times and former political producer with BBC 2's Newsnight and ITN's Channel 4 News. Judith lives in Durham.
Mary-Jane Rileywrote her first
story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter, when she was eight. When
she grew up, she had to earn a living and became a BBC radio talk show
presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also
some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true journalistic
style, she decided not to let the facts get in the way of a good story and got
creative. She wrote for women's magazines and small presses. She formed
WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help charities get their message across
using their life stories. Now she is writing crime thrillers drawing on her
experiences in journalism. Her fourth book set in East Anglia and featuring
investigative journalist Alex Devlin, Gone in the Night, was published
by Harper Collins/Killer Reads in May 2019.