'Provocative and compelling, it is a spectacular debut' - Daily Mail
Is murder ever morally right?
And is a murderer necessarily bad?
These two questions waltz through the maddening mind of Michael, the brilliant, terrifying, fiendishly smart creation at the centre of this winking dark gem of a literary thriller.
Michael lost his wife in a terrorist attack on a London train. Since then, he has been seeing a therapist to help him come to terms with his grief - and his anger. He can't get over the fact that the man he holds responsible has seemingly got away scot-free. He doesn't blame the bombers, who he considers only as the logical conclusion to a long chain of events. No, to Michael's mind, the ultimate cause is the politician whose cynical policies have had such deadly impact abroad. His therapist suggests that he write his feelings down to help him forgive and move on, but as a retired headteacher, Michael believes that for every crime there should be a fitting punishment - and so in the pages of his diary he begins to set out the case for, and set about committing, murder.
Waltzing through the darkling journal of a brilliant mind put to serious misuse, Kill [redacted] is a powerful and provocative exploration of the contours of grief and the limits of moral justice, and a blazing condemnation of all those who hold, and abuse, power.
ONE OF THE BEST DEBUT NOVELS of 2019 (the i )
The execution of Good's intriguing debut, about a man bent on revenge, doesn't match its ambitious framework. The main text consists of journal entries made by Michael, a schoolmaster, which are intended to be read by his therapist. These entries, which begin with a reference to Michael's wife being killed by a terrorist bomb in the London Underground, trace his reactions to that tragedy. Michael, for unspecified reasons, considers a British political leader responsible for his wife's death, which is 10 years in the past. That conclusion leads him to plot assassinating the politician, whose name is blacked out in the text. Multiple pages of completely blacked-out journal entries distract rather than enhance the feeling of reality. Michael, who has a sadistic streak toward his students, isn't easy to sympathize with, and the story takes too long to reach its climax. Readers won't emerge with much insight into the human desire for vengeance.