The Kill is a novel by the French writer Émile Zola, published in 1872. The novel is part of the Rougon-Macquart series comprised of 20 books. This novel is the second in the cycle; it is recommended to read it third. The main characters of the work are Pierre Rougon's third son Aristide Saccard, his wife Renée, and Maxime, the son from his first marriage. After the coup staged by Louis-Napoléon, Aristide comes to Paris, where she took advantage of the capital renovation and got involved in the fraudulent schemes in the real estate sector. Renée lives in luxury, starts leading an idle lifestyle and becomes Maxime's mistress, so it gradually results in her downfall.