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Locked Room - A Katla KillFile (Amsterdam Assassin Series, #1) [NOOK Book]

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Assassin Katla reinvents a forensic landmark while creating a Locked Room mystery...

The Locked Room KillFile (7,600 words) follows assassin Katla Sieltjes as she creates a Locked Room Murder Mystery, while exacting revenge on a physician responsible for the death of her client's wife. By using a method that has become a forensic landmark, she recreates an updated version of a lethal puzzle that astounded forensic scientists since the original murders occurred at the start of ...

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Locked Room - A Katla KillFile (Amsterdam Assassin Series, #1)

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Overview

Assassin Katla reinvents a forensic landmark while creating a Locked Room mystery...

The Locked Room KillFile (7,600 words) follows assassin Katla Sieltjes as she creates a Locked Room Murder Mystery, while exacting revenge on a physician responsible for the death of her client's wife. By using a method that has become a forensic landmark, she recreates an updated version of a lethal puzzle that astounded forensic scientists since the original murders occurred at the start of the twentieth century. But first she has to get in and out of her target’s penthouse apartment unseen.

The Katla KillFile short stories chronologically precede the novels in the Amsterdam Assassin Series.

Each KillFile features Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, executing one of her contracts. While not mandatory reading, each KillFile provides insight both in Katla’s work methods and skill, and additional background information in her character and personal history. The KillFiles can be read out of order, as the contracts are random samples from her past.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016138909
  • Publisher: Pushdagger Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Amsterdam Assassin Series , #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,094
  • File size: 595 KB

Meet the Author

Martyn V. Halm lives in Amsterdam, with his wife Maaike, two children, two cats, and countless imaginary characters vying for attention.

Writing realistic crime fiction is hard work. Martyn is a stickler for verisimilitude in fiction, even if that requires learning new skills. When your protagonist is a seasoned killer, research can take you right up to Nietzsche’s abyss. Luckily, things get easier after the first kill. And, apart from being an accomplished prevaricator, Martyn already possessed several skills that qualified him to write the Amsterdam Assassin Series.

• Like Bram, Martyn studies the game of Go, although he wouldn’t be able to play an entire game with his eyes closed.
• A former bouncer, Martyn trains in aikido and koryu bujutsu. The combination of street-fighting and martial arts provides him with the experience to write realistic fighting scenes. Plus he knows how to wield a Japanese sword convincingly.
• His knowledge of Namikoshi shiatsu is reflected in Bram Merleyn’s mastery of acu-pressure massage.
• Like Katla, Martyn is a former motorcycle courier and loves to go for rides on his motorcycles — both to commute in the congested Randstad and for recreation. His personal motorcycles are a tricked-out bedlinered BMW R1100GS, a dented Vespa PX200E motor scooter, and a Moto Guzzi Mille GT with EZS sidecar that he uses to cart the children around. His wife’s Suzuki 650 V-Strom Black Rhino will do in a pinch.
• Martyn shares his protagonist’s fondness for sharp implements and projectile weapons developed before the age of firearms. His expertise with catapults, throwing blades and darts, and (cross)bows notwithstanding, he knows how to handle light firearms. And spud guns.
• While he is as fastidious about tea as Bram and as critical about coffee as Katla, Martyn prefers a cappuccino over an espresso, and drinks his Lapsang without sugar.
• While Martyn is nowhere near as handy with lockpicks as Katla, most household locks are unable to resist him for long.
• Although Martyn also shares some of Katla’s lethal and unorthodox skills, he doesn’t feel the need to use them for illegal activities. Crime might pay, but writing about crime provides a steadier income with less risk.

Martyn always enjoyed stories about assassins, but his opinion on assassins differed from the books he read. Since most fictional assassins are antagonists, they are often warped individuals, with freaky childhoods. However, Martyn has come across mercenaries (basically the same field), who are pretty regular people. Sure their view of the world differs from ordinary citizens, but they’re not ‘warped’. This made him want to write about an assassin who has no deep-seated frustration or abused childhood, but who just realised that killing was what she was good at and who had the appropriate world view and lack of conscience to pull it off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    The author is gifted jmm44

    Makes breaking into a house & murder look like child's play

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    CRAZY GOOD

    I LOVED IT VERY INTERESTING AND EASY TO READ GOOD FOR KIDS I KNOW BECAUSE I AM A KID!!!!!!!!!!!!

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