On the heels of its U.S. release last week to great reviews, Richard House’s political conspiracy thriller novel The Kills is headed to television as a drama series for Starz and the BBC produced by Colin Callender’s Playground. The Kills, which was optioned by Playground, centers on the global manhunt for a British mercenary who goes on the run after stealing $50 million from an American reconstruction project in Iraq. Search is underway for a writer to adapt the literarythekills property, which has a rather unusual structure. The Kills, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and nominated for a Sky Arts Award, was originally published in the U.S. as four separate interconnecting books, while in the U.S. the quartet of books came out as a single volume. Book 1, titled Sutler, chronicles the manhunt at the center of the plot.