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The Killing Choice

On sale

11th February 2021

Price: £19.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781529303186

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‘Leave your daughter with me, or I will kill you both.’

It felt like any other evening before Karl and his daughter were ambushed by a figure in a blank mask. A knife is put to her throat, and Karl is forced to make an impossible decision. Stay and die, or walk away and take this thug’s word that they will both will live.

Should he trust a villain and leave his daughter with a knife at her throat? Could he ever live with himself if he did?
It’s not long before more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their life. More blood is spilled, more families shattered, and more people are left to suffer with the consequences of their decisions.

DI Alex Finn and DC Mattie Paulsen must hunt for a killer that appears to have no face, no motive and no conscience before more victims are forced to take their pick.

This is second in Will Shindler’s Finn and Paulsen series – a British detective series that ranks with Mark Billingham, M.J. Arlidge and Stuart MacBride.


‘Arresting…an unusual novel with a rising sense of menace’ The Sunday Times
‘A gripping debut with well-rounded characters and an intriguing plot. You won’t want it to end’ Heat
‘An unmissable debut’ Sunday Express S Magazine
‘The pace is good and Finn is a great character. There is also an excellently portrayed organised crime boss’ Literary Review
‘Well-constructed and cleverly penned, this is one that starts strongly, continues powerfully and ends with a very satisfying bang. It’s about consequences, consciences and morals intertwined with some gruesome scenes and a thumping good ride’ NetGalley Reader
‘If, like me, you are the kind of reader who likes to be in on the ground floor of a brand-new series, then get The Burning Men on your pre-order to be read lists because this is one of those times. . .’ NetGalley Reader
‘This is a great read about greed and treachery. An engaging, exciting read which I read in one sitting. Lots of red herrings, twists and turns’ NetGalley Reader

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Lesley Sanderson, author of The Orchid Girls
The explosive opening hooked me straight in . . . With a cast of credible characters, a twisting plotline and some ingenious twists, the book develops at a cracking pace
Robin Morgan-Bentley, author of The Wreckage
An outstanding page-turner
Literary Review
Warm and dealing with recognisable emotions, this is the best kind of police procedural
Sunday Times, Pick of the Week
DI Alex Finn and DCI Mattie Paulsen are back, this time chasing someone who forces their victims to make an impossible life-and-death decision. This is sitting up and begging to be developed for television
Sunday Times, Book of the month
Riveting . . . Shindler's second novel displays an acute understanding of family dynamics, easily fulfilling the promise of his debut, The Burning Men
Weekend Sport
An excellent second outing for the cop pair following their introduction in The Burning Men - and as fine a police procedural as you'd want for a cold winter's night
The Killing Choice is the second in a series that opened with The Burning Men , and is another adept police procedural, building the sense of dread to breaking point as Finn and Paulsen rush to uncover any links between the victims. This is an immersive read that leaves the reader wondering how they would react if faced with such an unimaginable choice
The Times, Best thrillers and crime novels of 2021 so far
The Sun, Pick of the Week
This slick tense thriller about families, loyalty, guilt and revenge is top notch
The Sun
This slick, tense thriller about families, loyalty, guilt and revenge is top notch - and no doubt heading to TV screens soon
Times Online, 'top 50 best books to read for summer 2021'
This riveting novel has a protagonist faced with a choice no parent should have to make: does he save his own life or that of his daughter? His decision has catastrophic consequences
The Killing Choice