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Billy Summers

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529365726

Price: £20

ON SALE: 3rd August 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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‘Adventurously shape-shifting yet always disciplined, it’s a dazzling return to form’ The Sunday Times

‘A thriller with a surprisingly heartfelt and redemptive ending, Billy Summers is a compelling and engrossing read’ Sunday Express

From legendary storyteller and No. 1 bestseller Stephen King, whose ‘restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained’ (The New York Times Book Review), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job.

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.

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Reviews

A thriller with a surprisingly heartfelt and redemptive ending, Billy Summers is a compelling and engrossing read
Sunday Express
A dazzlingly shapeshifting novel that, like its antihero, only pretends to be easy to pigeonhole. Disciplined but adventurous, equally good at action scenes and in-depth psychology
The Sunday Times
King's killer instinct hits the mark again... Without abandoning his blood-chilling propensities, he has transformed himself into one of the most adroit and accomplished crime writers in the US. King has negotiated the shifting of gears with the kind of panache that befits the "ultimate storyteller" (for once, publisher hyperbole is justified).
The I
His best book in years . . . He may always be considered a horror novelist, but King is doing the best work of his later career when the ghosts are packed away and the monsters are all too human
Guardian
Storytelling genius
Telegraph
Adventurously shape-shifting yet always disciplined, it's a dazzling return to form
The Sunday Times
Devoured it ... it's such a page-turner
Martin Clunes, Radio Times
It's a novel with a heart-stopping, heartfelt conclusion
Daily Express, Books of the Year
Stephen King is primarily known as a master of horror, but at heart he is a hardcore thriller writer
Irish Independent, Books of the Year
A cracking noir
RTE Guide, Books of the Year
A brilliantly enjoyable novel with a thrilling conclusion
Irish Times, Books of the Year
Stephen King combines a story of corruption in high places with a lyrical portrait of small-town life and a bittersweet love story
Daily Mail
Disciplined but adventurous, equally good at action scenes and psychology, King shows with this novel that, at 74, he's . . . at the top of his game
The Sunday Times