Mason Cross’s ‘The Killing Season’ Takes No Prisoners [REVIEW]


Mason Cross’s THE KILLING SEASON is a pulse-pounding thriller.
(Photo by Siavash Ghadiri Zahrani, Flickr)

British author Mason Cross’s debut novel, The Killing Season, arrived in U.S. bookstores and captivated American readers. Bestselling authors like Lee Child and Lisa Gardner offered him high praise, and for good reason. Cross drew me into his story from the very first sentence.

“The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake. That name no more belonged to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in.” (pg. 3)

Mason Cross's The Killing Season

Pegasus Crime

So many questions whirled within my mind, but Carter Blake held all the answers. Only he would be able to find the one man the local police, FBI, and other agencies needed to locate: Caleb Wardell.

Slated to be executed by lethal injection in two weeks time, Wardell recently escaped prison and killed the prison personnel who were transporting him to another facility. Currently his whereabouts are unknown.

Cross now lures his readers into an intricate, pulse-pounding, psychological race against the clock in order to retrieve the man in question.

Along the way, readers may feel as if they know how this story will end, but don’t underestimate the Cross’s writing skills. This may be his debut novel, but he creates red herrings that you won’t believe until you see them in print.

After reading The Killing Season, I can’t wait to read Cross’s next novel in the Carter Blake series.

Mason Cross

Mason Cross
(Photo by Paul Stuart Photography, Ltd.)


Mason Cross debuts on the American publishing scene with The Killing Season. 

You can find out more by visiting his website at, following him on Twitter or liking him on Facebook.

Mason Cross lives in England.

By Mason Cross
357 pgs. Pegasus. $25.95.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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