Here’s a short but lethal collection of books: solo character examinations of a variety of killers, willing and otherwise.
by Geoffrey Household, introduction by Victoria Nelson
A British thriller classic. An Englishman plots to assassinate the dictator of a European country and the reader follows his status from hunter to hunted as he is pursued deep underground and must use every trick in his repertoire to survive. Killer: Cold and psychological.
by Anthony Burgess
Burgess’s Alex is one of the most repellent and paradoxically engaging thugs in literary history. It’s difficult not to sympathize with him by the end of the story and the book examines some interesting moral questions. Killer: Gung ho and chilling.
by William Hjortsberg, foreword by Ridley Scott, introduction by James Crumley
The novel on which the move ‘Angel Heart’ was based this is a gripping, satanic noir thriller about a ruthless PI’s hunt for a missing person with the ultimate killer twist. Killer: Unexpected.
by Bret Easton Ellis
The ultimate modern psychopath. Patrick Bateman inhabits a superficial world of long lunches, tan envy and casual mutilation. A strong stomach is needed for the explicit homicide but the underlying humor mitigates much of the content. Killer: Random, bored – fantasist?
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About Richard Jay Parker
Richard Jay Parker is the author of fiendishly dark thriller novel Stop Me, which is published by Allison & Busby on the 4th August 2009.
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