"A terrific future-shock thriller full of pace, tension, character and emotion. Highly recommended - but keep your phone close by with a trusted friend on speed dial." LEE CHILD
"more twists than a pretzel...a gritty, action-packed page-turner." ANDY MCNAB (Bravo Two Zero)
The bullet in his brain isn't the problem. She is.
Michael North is a hero with a bullet in the brain to prove it. A bullet which has rewired his neural pathways and heightened his sense of intuition.
A bullet which is driving him mad.
Working for an extra-governmental agency called The Board, North knows one thing for sure.
He is very good at killing very bad guys.
But what happens when a hero is ordered to kill a good woman rather than a bad man? Because it turns out that rising political start, Honor Jones, MP, can't stop asking the right questions about the wrong people.
He should follow orders.
"A worryingly plausible portrait of Britain in the near-future, Judith O'Reilly's debut novel is fast-paced, packed with action, and introduces a series hero to watch." MICK HERRON (Slow Horses/Spook Street)
"New thriller writers come and go. I suspect this lady will stick around." FREDERICK FORSYTH (The Day of the Jackal/The Odessa File)
"Grabs you from page one and won't let you go. Action packed from start to finish - but with great tenderness and great characterisation too." JEREMY VINE (BBC Radio 2)
"A superb political thriller written with aplomb...Former soldier, Michael North is a terrific creation – a hitman with a bullet already lodged in his brain with no time to waste. This page-turning stuff and Killing State is a story you will keep reading right till the end." HOWARD LINSKEY (The Search/The Drop)
"This is that rarest of thrillers – a twist-filled, action-packed page-turner that has stacks to say about contemporary Britain. Intrigue, murder, politics and terrorism – O'Reilly brings it all together in this explosive story. In Michael North we might just have met the nation's new favourite all-action hero with a heart." T.R.RICHMOND (What She Left - a Sunday Times bestseller)
"Killing State chronicles anti-hero Michael North's desperate struggle to absolve his sins against an all-too-real conspiracy. In a Dexter meets House of Cards battle, this gritty thriller will appeal to readers with a sophisticated palate for political intrigue." K.J.HOWE (The Freedom Broker)
Killing State is a mainstream, commercial thriller with a young action hero in Michael North and compelling dynamic female characters. A woman MP under a death sentence from right-wing conspirators. A wounded ex-soldier struggling to decide between right and wrong. An isolated UK - post Brexit and post Trump. Internment. Social media dumps. Nano-drones and the very future of democracy. Want to know what tomorrow looks like? Read Killing State.
That's if they'll let you.
KILLING STATE is informed by Judith's years of experience reporting politics at Westminster. She is a former lobby correspondent, a former political producer with BBC 2's Newsnight and ITN's Channel 4 News, and a former education correspondent with The Sunday Times where she also covered politics, undercover reporting, and general news. She still writes for The Sunday Times. Her two previous books, Wife in the North and A Year of Doing Good, were both published by Viking Penguin. Wife in the North was a UK and German bestseller and sold into ten countries. It was optioned for TV and serialised in The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph.