There are few thrillers that you put down and keep thinking about until you can get back to it. Deadly Honeymoon by Lawrence Block is one such crime novel. Its simple premise, strong characters, and economical writing make it a must read for any crime fiction fan.

Dave and Jill and newlyweds. They rent a cabin in the woods for their honeymoon. The man in the cabin next door is assassinated. The killers notice Dave and Jill. Dave is beat up, Jill is raped. The couple vow vengeance.

Deadly Honeymoon is the story of how Dave and Jill go about that vengeance. They track down the crime boss who ordered the hit and through him the killers who caused them harm. Lawrence Block’s superb writing and characterization make us thoroughly believe the transformation of Dave and Jill from normal people to stone cold killers.

One caveat, Deadly Honeymoon by Lawrence Block was written and published in the sixties so some expressions, like Negroes, jar a bit.

Deadly Honeymoon
Lawrence Block
Originally released 1967

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