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    • ISBN:9781473666405
    • Publication date:29 Jun 2017
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Codename Villanelle

The basis for Killing Eve, now a major BBC TV series

By Luke Jennings

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Jason Bourne meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in an outrageously entertaining thriller

The basis for KILLING EVE, now a major BBC TV series, starring Sandra Oh

'Gloriously exciting' Metro

She is the perfect assassin.

A Russian orphan, saved from the death penalty for the brutal revenge she took on her gangster father's killers.

Ruthlessly trained. Given a new life. New names, new faces - whichever fits.

Her paymasters call themselves The Twelve. But she knows nothing of them. Konstantin is the man who saved her and the one she answers to.

She is Villanelle. Without conscience. Without guilt. Without weakness.

Eve Polastri is the woman who hunts her. MI5, until one error of judgment costs her everything.

Then stopping a ruthless assassin becomes more than her job. It becomes personal.

Originally published as ebook singles: Codename Villanelle, Hollowpoint, Shanghai and Odessa.

No Tomorrow, the second book in the Killing Eve series, is available now!

Praise for Killing Eve TV series

'A dazzling thriller . . . mightily entertaining' Guardian

'Entertaining, clever and darkly comic' New York Times

Biographical Notes

Luke Jennings is a London-based author and journalist who has written for the Observer, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and Time. He is the author of Blood Knots, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and William Hill prizes, and Atlantic.

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  • ISBN: 9781473666412
  • Publication date: 06 Sep 2018
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: John Murray
A short howitzer of a novel . . . Jennings writes at supersonic speed, packing in an impressive number of violent set pieces and sex scenes. The breakneck pace is undeniably addictive but he also displays an offbeat sense of humour — Metro
A memorable protagonist . . . there is an extra sheen of glamour that makes Villanelle more a James Bond than a mere killer — Daily Mail
Exciting and fun — Daily Express
Like Ian Fleming, Jennings is at once tongue-in-cheek and serious . . . His version of 007 is great fun — Sunday Times
Reads a little like Terry Hayes's I Am Pilgrim in miniature . . . the final pages are thrilling — The Spectator
Racy in several senses and gripping from the word go, you can also see why BBC America commissioned a television version of Jennings's sensational thriller — Radio Times
Topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse — Sunday Express
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No Tomorrow

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The basis for KILLING EVE, now a major BBC TV series, starring Sandra Oh SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the MonthIn a hotel room in Venice, where she's just completed a routine assassination, Villanelle receives a late-night call. Eve Polastri has discovered that a senior MI5 officer is in the pay of the Twelve, and is about to debrief him. As Eve interrogates her subject, desperately trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, Villanelle moves in for the kill. The duel between the two women intensifies, as does their mutual obsession, and when the action moves from the high passes of the Tyrol to the heart of Russia, Eve finally begins to unwrap the enigma of her adversary's true identity.Codename Villanelle, the first of the Killing Eve series, is out now! Praise for Killing Eve TV series'A dazzling thriller . . . mightily entertaining' Guardian 'Entertaining, clever and darkly comic' New York Times

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