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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  29 reviews
London was in the grip of its bloodiest bout of gang warfare for two years. Into this world of corruption, violence, madness and death came the Assassin. The author also wrote "Death Day", "Spawn" and "Slugs".
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1993 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published 1988)
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Oct 17, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This copy is signed by Shaun Hutson.
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published back in 1988, Assassin was Hutson's twenty-third full-length novel (including the work under his pseudonym's Wolf Kruger, Stefan Rostov, Tom Lambret and Nick Blake). Assassin was a complete return to form for our Shaun, with this awesome roller-coaster of a ride that bursts splatter from every page. The storyline is fast-paced and totally gripping from the start, with a high level of violence and graphic depictions of his gruesome scenes. Running for 320 pages, Hutson holds you t ...more
Will Bennetts
I've read a few of Shaun Hutsons books .
I thought the book was very fast paced and never dull (hence the quick completion time ) I would recommend it for fans of authors such as James Herbert , although a word of caution some of the scenes depicted are quite graphic so you need a strong stomach I think to complete this book. The only negatives I would say are there are continuity errors , some of the characters are a bit one- dimensional and most glaringly of all there are some spelling mistake
Chris Steeden
Oh Shaun Hutson. Along with Stephen King, Shaun Hutson was a staple of my teenage years so when this one came up on the Kindle Daily Deal I thought to myself, why not. Let’s relive a bit of the past. The thing with Hutson books is that there is no messing around. Bish, bash, bosh – bodies, gore and more gore. I hope you’ll excuse my indulgence in reading this piece of urban gothic horror which originally came out in 1988.

A priest is pulled from a derelict church in East London proclaiming that
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As speedy as a bullet

Great horror/thriller with action and interest every page. Fast paced with gruesome detail regarding the killings, normal in Hutson novels. One of his best in my opinion.
Book Addict Shaun
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I was in a bookshop one day when this book caught my eye from the other side of the room. The cover is certainly eye catching and stands out on the shelf. I didn't even know what it was about but thought: 'I must read that book'. Well read it I did and I loved it. I'm ashamed to say I hadn't heard of Shaun Hutson before and even more shocked to find out that this book was written before I was even born. Usually I'm quite hesitant to read books from so many years ago, unless it's a classic I fear ...more
Tom Britton
3-1/2 stars and splatter Punk ,very violent , gory crime thriller . Weird story that blend to many genera . But into gore and violence and can stomach it
Adrian Robinson
This is my third Shaun Hutson book I ve read so far, just discovered this author and I like the simplicity of his writing and the pace of it. It has being described as splatterpunk I thik and it is very gory. I thought the medical descriptions of injuries from shootings, stabbings were a bit too, well medical! But overall I enjoyed this book, it aint no classic but it was a lot of fun and a real page turner
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that though it took time to build, it still held all of Shaun Hutsons horror/thriller/gangster elements.

bit spoiler:: Shaun Hutson says the end was all his, but I feel it reminds me to much to the famous 'skin over face scene in Silents of the Lames.

I did like the assassin lisening to rock while taking out his 'pray', or 'clients', and I loved the way the car chases were written.
Vanessa Samuel
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book i would never have read if nto for my sister lending it to me. This is primarily a crime novel but with a darker, out of this world undertone. It is very absorbing, yet quite explicit but does not fail to draw you into the story and the rollercoaster of events that it entails.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood!? Blood. Crimson copper-smelling blood, his blood. Blood. Blood. Blood....and bits of sick.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read
Dee Darby
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Serial killers, gangland wars and zombies. What more could you ask for?
Postconsumer Bookclub
first horror book I ever read (I think?)
first horro book I ever remember reading!
Mrs Jo  Everest
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book as expected from Shaun
Tore Knudsen
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy but good...if you like detailed results of gunshots.
Gary Smith
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hutson at his best a story of dead gangsters reeking havoc on the streets of London

Tony Warren
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Shaun Hutson blood and guts thriller. This is how to tell a story with the comment " do not read this unless you have a strong stomach ".
Love it, I am now going to find more of his books.
Maddie P
I liked how fast paced it was. I was never bored with pages and pages of descriptions which was so refreshing. This was my first Shaun Hutson novel and I am very impressed. I normally don't go for such gory books but this was good.

*Spoilers Below*

I wasn't a massive fan of was how many characters there were, I know the names became more significant near the end but it made it hard for me to keep track of what was happening near the start.
I loved the main plot with Carter, Harrison and Tina, and
Les Thomson
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for 99p on a Kindle deal and thought 'why not' as it's been approximately 30 years since I last read a Shaun Hutson book.
Having read a Shaun Hutson book before I was neither shocked or offended (much) by the content of the Assassin.
I did however become very bored by the constant need for him to try and outdo himself at graphically describing the gore, the killings and the sex that is prevalent all through the book. Each chapter seems to introduce a new lot of characters and over
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Junk: the horror element is nothing short of of pornographic - maggots coming out of a penis during fellatio ...... come on, surely the author can do better than that. Overall the style is shallow: no depth, nothing to make the reader think. I got less than half way and then skimmed the final 2 chapters before giving up. Instead of taking the book to a charity shop as I normally do, I binned it: I wouldn't inflict it on anyone else.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF, definitely not my cuppa tea
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a good read, was more a thriller than horror, plenty of shooting etc not really much else... interesting twist at the end though
Craig Williams
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Was riveted throughout read this book from start to finish couldn't put it down really enjoyed reading this the characters were interesting and popped out
Will Moore
Assassin is a very compelling book - it's difficult to put down. Some of the descriptions are very gruesome, but typical for a Shaun Hutson book. There are some continuity errors, but they don't detract from the plot.

Overall, a good read.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read a Shaun Hutson book before and not sure I will again. This is a very graphic horror story, only read it if you have a strong stomach, there were parts of this story that made me feel physically sick.
Enjoyable read. Plenty of blood and guts :)
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British horror novelist, including horror and urban thriller novels.

His novella Slugs was made into a movie, although Hutson didn't like the movie. He also appeared in two horror movies himself.

Hutson is a Liverpool F.C. fan.
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