Killing The Beasts

Killing The Beasts

3.55 (225 ratings by Goodreads)
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Manchester, 2002. The Commonwealth Games are coming to town and the city is alive with possibilities. Caught up in the commercial feeding frenzy is Tom Benwell, account manager at an advertising firm. The pressure is getting to Tom - too many deals to make and lies to tell, and the passion for his job is waning. Meanwhile his friend, DI Jon Spicer, is on the fast track, showing a commitment to the job that borders on obsession, or so his girlfriend Alice tells him. Then, in the aftermath of the Games, a series of brutal killings shatters the city's new found spirit. Jon Spicer gets the case. Each victim has been murdered in the same bizarre and grotesque manner, yet the lack of motive leaves the police utterly baffled. With the race on to catch the killer, both men find themselves caught up in a nightmare where the most innocent action can cost the highest price. In this nail-biting crime thriller, Chris Simms draws us into the shadows that lurk behind the city's shiny new exterior, then plunges us into the mind of a madman.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 30mm | 571g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752868551
  • 9780752868554

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'An exciting new psychological thriller.' -- Carla McKay DAILY MAIL 'Partly an account of descent into mental illness, partly a satire on the advertising industry and partly an examination of drug culture, but it sticks in the mind most as a diatribe against that pavement menace, chewing gum' -- Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH 'a new tec with a refreshingly different personality and approach to the job than the plodders we're used to.' **** -- Jon Wise LADS MAG 'a highly polished study of madness and murder... If you've not read Simms' work before, Killing the Beasts is a great starting point to enter his world of madness. But beware Simms' writing is addictive in the extreme.' -- Ali Karim OCTOBER MAGAZINE 'Where this book scores is in the characterisation... Benwell is a perfectly realised example of yuppie grace folding under pressure.' THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE 'the story's dramatic events are drawn out, gradually building up the tension to a page-turning, heart-stopping - and totally unexpected - ending. In turn highly atmospheric and insightful... a good read for those who like traditional British crime tales with a twist. THE BOOK PLACE
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About Chris Simms

Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. After travelling throughout the world he settled near Manchester. He is married with two children and works as a freelance copywriter.
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225 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 19% (43)
4 36% (81)
3 30% (67)
2 12% (26)
1 4% (8)
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