King Death

King Death Kumiko saw it first A heart a human heart slithering down outside the window of a train travelling between London Bridge and Blackfriars Someone must have thrown it out from a carriage in front Kumiko

  • Title: King Death
  • Author: Toby Litt
  • ISBN: 9780141039725
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kumiko saw it first A heart a human heart slithering down outside the window of a train travelling between London Bridge and Blackfriars Someone must have thrown it out from a carriage in front Kumiko is determined to find out who and why But Skelton was sitting next to Kumiko on the train and he saw it too, so he also wants to get to the bottom of the mystery OKumiko saw it first A heart a human heart slithering down outside the window of a train travelling between London Bridge and Blackfriars Someone must have thrown it out from a carriage in front Kumiko is determined to find out who and why But Skelton was sitting next to Kumiko on the train and he saw it too, so he also wants to get to the bottom of the mystery Or he says he does, but really he just wants Kumiko back, because she s walked out on him, just like that, and left him heartbroken Each for their own reasons, Kumiko and Skelton set out separately on a bizarre trail of discovery Darting between dingy student pubs, the roofs of Borough Market and the corridors and car parks of Guy s Hospital, they become embroiled in the seedy world of young medical students, until eventually the gossip and the stories lead them both to the hospital s infamous dissection lecturer known behind his back as King Death

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    1. My first Toby Litt, grabbed off the shelf on impulse. I suppose it was the cover and the black of the page edges that did it for me.Litt comes up with a visceral blood-and-guts story of blackmail, murder, vengeance, and justice. He also throws in a potted biography of the poet John Keats’ career in medicine or what stood for medicine in the 19th century.Unusually for Litt, the narrative is split into two strains, the main characters occupying one each, both proving to be somewhat unreliable, s [...]

    2. Didn't warm to the characters or set up initially but then I decided to go with it and made friends with Skelton after the stuff about him being a session musician. Went to a 'Meet the author' night at Morley Literature Festival when I was two thirds of the way through and really enjoyed hearing Litt talk about writing and this book in particular. By the end I did care about the characters and enjoyed the read. Not going to change your life but a good way to pass a few hours.

    3. Quite a strange little book, it was an okay read and I enjoyed the london references but felt I couldn't warm to any of the characters or storyline.

    4. I think the content let this book down. It wasn't so bad that I didn't stop reading it but I wanted to finish quickly so I could move onto something else.

    5. First Litt. I enjoyed it. Fast paced, easy to follow. Love how the story is linked so closely to London's borough market.

    6. Really enjoyed this crime/romance, set in London and starring a heroine I really couldn't help falling in love with. Litt is a good writer, one I more read more of.

    7. Great fun, this thriller was the perfect holiday read. More sophisticated than your average thriller, easily read and with plenty of dashing about old London town

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