Assassin Katla finds a devious way to get a target to poison himself…
The Aconite Attack KillFile (10,700 words) follows Katla Sieltjes on her first foray as a freelance assassin and corporate troubleshooter, when she gets herself hired by the CEO of a modelling agency to permanently remove his playboy partner draining the firm’s resources on his downward spiral into self-destruction. Katla finds a way to administer poison to the target, but he has to be isolated for her plan to succeed. Every plan has a fluke factor though, and Katla soon finds herself in mortal danger, when the target reveals his darker side…
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 Katla’s past.
This e-book features a glossary.
About 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, especially when you're a stickler for verisimilitude. When your protagonist is a seasoned killer, research can take you right up to Nietzsche’s abyss. Luckily, things get easier after the first few killings...
Apart from being an accomplished prevaricator, Martyn already possessed an eclectic variety of skills that qualified him to write the Amsterdam Assassin Series. Skills he shares with his deadly fictional characters...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of this book from the author as an Advanced Reader Copy. I am a big fan of the Katla Series of books and have read the other 3 Kill Files along with the full novels and when I discovered this was being released I was keen to read. Fortunately Martyn V Halm was only too happy to oblige with an ARC copy in exchange for a review and I can only hope my comments can encourage any of you thinking of reading the series to do so. For those who are unfamiliar with Katla she is an assassin for hire and is supported by a close network of friends who are all in their own right interesting characters. The premise of this book differs from the other books in the series as it sees Katla touting for work usually she deals with clients over the phone only and never meets them and on this occasion she visits the prospective client in person to encourage him to hire her. As this book is one of her earlier contracts so the premise was slightly different. The story itself is no less than I would expect with strong attention to detail that I have come to expect in these books with the methods fully researched. The final scene where Katla is executing the contract is highly engaging and Katla has to use all her skills to survive. Not my favourite one of the Kill Files so far with Fundamental Error still holding that particular claim but a enjoyable read and I will look forward to the forthcoming fourth novel in the series