The basis for Killing Eve, now a major BBC TV series
By Luke Jennings
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
SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the Month
In 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
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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25 Oct 2018
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Enthralling . . . deftly shaped towards an excellent denouement in which both women revolt against their male bosses and the organisations behind them — Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month
Forget the overrated TV series, Luke Jennings's tales of Sapphic slapstick work better on the page and this sequel to Codename Villanelle ignores the events of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's adaptation. Like his remarkable crackpot assassin, Jennings goes his own sweet way. Once again the reader is treated to a banquet of minced spies. The echoes of Ian Fleming and John le Carré are deafening and the ensuing double-crossing and switch-hitting outspoofs them both — Evening Standard