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A Killing for Christ


The fiftieth-anniversary edition of Hamill’s thrilling and provocative 1968 debut novel, with a brand-new introduction by the author.

Forthcoming: 3/6/18

$15.95 $11.96

What people are saying…

“This reissue marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of journalist Hamill’s first novel . . . In a new introduction, Hamill comments on the book’s influences and what he now considers its primary theme: the loss of faith.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for the original 1968 edition:

A Killing for Christ is a fast-paced, topical thriller . . . Hamill’s prose is stylishly punchy . . . I would guess that Hamill admires Hemingway, Jimmy Breslin, and Mickey Spillane—not always in that order.”
New York Times

“The Helen MacInnes touch . . . the Hitchcock air.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“The style and substance of this first novel owes much to hardboiled, gutsy, private-eye fiction and to a general submersion into obscenity and violence.”
Kirkus Reviews


A secret agent out of John le Carré . . . a spoiled priest-hero out of Graham Greene . . . a high-voltage novel of suspense that is Pete Hamill’s own.

The man in priest’s garb gets out of the elevator at the top floor, leaving the gate ajar. He removes the rifle from under his habit and opens the breech. It’s loaded. He closes it and steps to the edge of the roof. St. Peter’s Square is spread out before him like a great, colorful lake. There are more people than he has ever seen before.

Now the target arrives. The man on top of the building sights down the rifle at the small figure below. His finger is ready on the trigger, ready to gun down His Holiness, the Vicar of Christ . . .

Book Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Published: 3/6/18
  • IBSN: 9781617755781
  • e-IBSN: 9781617755989
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781617755903


PETE HAMILL was born in Brooklyn in 1935 and is, for many, the living embodiment of New York City. In his writing for the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and New York magazine, he has brought the city to life for millions of readers. He is the author of many best-selling books, including the novels Forever and Snow in August, as well the memoir A Drinking Life. He recently moved back to Brooklyn. His latest publication is the fiftieth-anniversary edition of his debut novel, A Killing for Christ.

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