“Nightmare imagery, mind-bending plot twists, and a kaleidoscopic storytelling style lend Axat’s tale a vertiginous air, but at the core of this literary fever dream lies an elegantly crafted and emotionally resonant mystery that astonishes, devastates, and satisfies in equal measure.” Publishers Weekly
“Axat harnesses that uncertainty to build suspense and creates an intriguing, mind-bending thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island (2003).” Booklist
‘A psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems…and where pieces are moved as in a game of chess.’ El Mundo
Kill The Next One, published 26 January 2016 by Text Publishing in paperback, is an audacious, immersive psychological thriller in which nothing is what it seems.
Ted has it all: a beautiful wife, two daughters, a high-paying job. But after he is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour he finds himself with a gun to his temple, ready to pull the trigger. That's when the doorbell rings.
A stranger makes him a proposition: kill two deserving men before dying. The first is a criminal, and the second is, like Ted, terminally ill, and wants to die. If Ted kills these men he will then become a target himself in a kind of suicidal daisy chain—and won't it be easier for his family if he's a murder victim?
About the Author: Federico Axat was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975. His earlier novels have been translated into Italian, German, French, Portugese and Chinese. His third novel, Kill the Next One, was published as La última Salida in Spanish and has become an international sensation with rights sold in 33 territories. Axat's novels stand out for their high dose of suspense, plot twists and unexpected endings. Kill the Next One is set in the United States, where Axat lived for a time before returning to his native Argentina.
Praise for Kill the Next One
“An absorbing psychological thriller, perfectly measured and balanced. The nerve-racked reader cannot help but keep turning pages, lost in Axat’s labyrinthine twists.” ABC (Spain)
“The novel Hollywood is betting on.” La Razón
“Take some drops of Hitchcock, the boldness of Jules Verne, the tricks of The Mystery of the Yellow Room, some Stephen King characters, the atmosphere of Shutter Island, Christopher Nolan’s film scripts, The Game, some episodes of Lost…and you won’t be able to put it down…[Kill the Next One] is a gripping, fast-paced read. A big Hollywood producer is already working on the film.” La Vanguardi
“Could be one of the bestsellers of the year.” La Voz de Galicia
“Everyone who starts reading the first ten pages will end reading all five hundred in less than a week. So, dear readers, don’t be afraid. With this bestseller you won’t be disappointed.” Libros y Literatura
“The perfect psychological thriller.” J. Ernesto Ayala-Dip
“Set to become a bestseller” Vespre a La 2
“[Kill the Next One] will help set the trend for a new genre to come up: the Axatmadness.” Cazadora de Sombras y Libros