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Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, one of The Times Best Crime Novels of 2021, The Sunday Times Crime Club Book of the Week, one of The Times best books to read this summer and one of the Observers thrillers of the month.

‘Riveting . . . Shindler’s second novel displays an acute understanding of family dynamics, easily fulfilling the promise of his debut, The Burning MenSUNDAY TIMES, CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH


THE SECOND NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BURNING MEN, FEATURING DI ALEX FINN AND DCI MATTIE PAULSEN


A FRIDAY NIGHT
Karl and his daughter Leah are on their weekly evening stroll through Crystal Palace Park.

A HOODED FIGURE
From out of the shadows, a figure wearing a blank mask ambushes them, armed with a large knife.

A CHOICE TO MAKE
Karl is forced to make an impossible decision: stay and die, or walk away from Leah with a knife at her throat and the promise that they will both survive. Could Karl ever live with himself if he left his daughter? Does he really have a choice?

Soon, more seemingly unconnected and innocent people across London are offered a deal in exchange for their lives. 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’ blood is spilled.

Praise for THE KILLING CHOICE

‘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’ Lesley Sanderson, author of The Orchid Girls

‘An outstanding page-turner’ Robin Morgan-Bentley, author of The Wreckage

‘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, Pick of the Week

‘Riveting . . . Shindler’s second novel displays an acute understanding of family dynamics, easily fulfilling the promise of his debut, The Burning Men’ Sunday Times, Book of the month

‘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’ Weekend Sport

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’ Observer

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Reviews

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
Lesley Sanderson, author of The Orchid Girls
An outstanding page-turner
Robin Morgan-Bentley, author of The Wreckage
Warm and dealing with recognisable emotions, this is the best kind of police procedural
Literary Review
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, Pick of the Week
Riveting . . . Shindler's second novel displays an acute understanding of family dynamics, easily fulfilling the promise of his debut, The Burning Men
Sunday Times, Book of the month
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
Weekend Sport
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
Observer
Riveting
The Times, Best thrillers and crime novels of 2021 so far
This slick tense thriller about families, loyalty, guilt and revenge is top notch
The Sun, Pick of the Week
This slick, tense thriller about families, loyalty, guilt and revenge is top notch - and no doubt heading to TV screens soon
The Sun
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
Times Online, 'top 50 best books to read for summer 2021'