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Codename Villanelle is a 2018 novel by British author Luke Jennings. It is a compilation of four e-book novellas published between 2014 and 2016.

Novella Series Edit

  • Code Name Villanelle (February 4, 2014)
  • Villanelle: Hollowpoint (August 3, 2014)
  • Villanelle: Shanghai (February 3, 2015)
  • Odessa (June 14. 2016)

Codename Villanelle Edit

In Italy, 12 unidentified men discuss gang Lord Salvatore Greco. It is revealed he has killed 2 Judges, 4 Senior officers, and a pregnant journalist. He is also revealed to have killed a operative of the Twelve. The speaker proposes to assassinate Greco. The men unanimously vote in favour.

Two weeks later, in Paris, a young woman called Villanelle is approached by a couple in an elite private members club. She informs them she is an investor. Villanelle receives a single coded message, DEFLECT from a man named Konstantin. She leaves and it is revealed she is Oxana Vorontsova who was in remand for murder three years prior.

Three years ago, a man lays out Oxana's charges for the murder of three gangsters. The man states she is lucky that the police found her first or she would be otherwise dead. It is revealed her Ukranian mother died when she was seven and that her dad was often drunk and left her in orphanages up until his death. In one of the orphanages, she wan diagnosed with Sociopathic Personality Disorder. After she was released from the psychiatric unit, she formed an attachment to a teacher and castrated a student after he sexually assaulted the teacher. Konstantin then reveals she will be released, if she works for him.

In Paris, Villanelle receives an email containing the details of her next target, Salvatore Greco.

On the Essex coast, Oxana trains in fitness and unarmed combat by a man named Frank. The conditions are extremely cold. In response to Frank's punishments, she nearly drowns him. Oxana begins training in secret in Germany before going through an interrogation course in the United States, weapons familiarisation in Kiev, sniper school in Russia, explosives and toxicology in Volgograd, surveillance in Berlin, driving and lock picking in London, and advanced communications and decoding in Paris.

Villanelle: Hollowpoint Edit

Villanelle: Shanghai Edit

Odessa Edit

Television Edit

Main article: Killing Eve

The BBC America series adaptation began airing the first season on April 8, 2018.