Synopses & Reviews
MAX ALLAN COLLINS is the best-selling, award-winning author of Road to Perdition, the graphic novel that inspired the Oscar-winning movie starring Paul Newman and Tom Hanks, and of the acclaimed Nathan Heller series of historical hardboiled mysteries. He also wrote the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strip for years, as well as novels based on numerous major movies and TV series ranging from Saving Private Ryan, Air Force One, and American Gangster to CSI, Bones and NYPD Blue. Also a filmmaker himself, Collins’ films include "Shades of Noir," "Real Time," and the documentary "Mike Hammer’s Mickey Spillane."
"Collins's 10th noir featuring John Quarry (after 2010's Quarry's Ex) is easily his best a sharp-edged thriller with more than one logical but surprising twist. Quarry used to work as a hit man on assignments arranged for him by a middleman known as the Broker, but that work ended when Quarry had to take him out. Making use of the Broker's records, he has begun a new phase in his killing career. He identifies the targets of other hit men, and then, for a price, offers to take them out on behalf of the intended victims. And, for an extra fee, Quarry removes the threat entirely by killing the person who ordered the hit. The early 1980s find Quarry doing exactly that in the 'Little Vacationland' of Stockwell, Mo. He learns that the local dance instructor, Roger Vale, is to be killed because he's suspected of murdering a teenage girl, and offers to save his life, for a price. The lean prose, brisk pacing, and clever plotting are a winning combination. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A HIT. AND A MISS.
Quarry doesn't kill just anybody these days. He restricts himself to targeting other hitmen, availing his marked-for-death clients of two services: eliminating the killers sent after them, and finding out who hired them…and then removing that problem as well.
So far he's rid of the world of nobody who would be missed. But this time he finds himself zeroing in on the grieving family of a missing cheerleader. Does the hitman's hitman have the wrong quarry in his sights?