Valerie Hart

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 423 ratings

The Killing Lessons Publisher's Summary

"This novel breaks brilliant. It's hard to tell what's the best part of The Killing Lessons: the sweaty-palm plot that races along like a squad car on a high-speed pursuit, the breathtaking depictions of the characters, good and bad, or author Black's inimitable style. My vote? All three." – Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek

In their isolated country house, a mother and her two children prepare to wait out a blinding snowstorm. Two violent predators walk through the door. Nothing will ever be the same.

When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of victims-women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them-has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she's losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.

But the murders at the Cooper farmhouse didn't quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena's ten-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more dangerous than what she's running from.

In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him.

This audiobook includes an interview with the author.

©2015 Glen Duncan (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Killing Lessons

    • A Novel
    • By: Saul Black
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 383
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 356

    In their isolated country house, a mother and her two children prepare to wait out a blinding snowstorm. Two violent predators walk through the door. Nothing will ever be the same. When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • After several Ho-Hum books, it's back to twisted, broken criminals tormenting their human prey with high octane gore.

    • By Kathleen on 10-17-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Killing Lessons

    • By: Saul Black
    • Narrated by: Christine Delaine
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper's isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it's the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it's just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the weak hearted!

    • By Gladson Barretto on 08-28-17

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 2

    • Lovemurder

    • Valerie Hart 2
    • By: Saul Black
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Troubled San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart is planning a rare weekend away from the job when she gets the call. A body has been found. A woman, brutally murdered. And the cryptic note left by the body is addressed to Valerie. The victim is unknown to her, but as Valerie analyses the scene, the clues begin to point in a deeply disturbing direction: to a maximum security prison where a woman called Katherine Glass is awaiting execution for a series of gruesome killings.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • LoveMurder

    • A Novel
    • By: Saul Black
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    When she's called to the murder scene, the last thing San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart is expecting is for Katherine Glass to walk back into her life. Six years earlier, revulsion and fascination had gripped the nation in equal measure, as beautiful, intelligent, charming—and utterly evil—Katherine Glass had been convicted on six counts of Murder One. But the freshly-mutilated corpse in the ground-floor apartment bears all the hallmarks of Katherine's victims. And then there's the note, with its chilling implications. Addressed to Valerie.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Edge of my seat the entire ride!

    • By jeanie o on 06-27-18

    Regular price: $37.09