Nothing like job burnout, especially when you’re a professional hit man. One day you’re cool as a cucumber, taking out your mark with expert precision and an air of nonchalance; the next, your timing seems off, you botch a job, and you start wishing your goon bosses would stop calling and leave you alone so you could enjoy a little architecture in peace and quiet… just like anybody else… right?
Calling Mr. King, a debut novel from writer Ronald DeFeo, explores the inner life of a paid assassin, the best of the best, code name “Mr.King.” Mr. King has long left behind his violent, abusive father and his childhood hometown in upstate New York to work for a network of criminals. He now finds himself a man of the world, traveling to exotic locales, considering himself more Brit than American, and killing for hire..... read more of my review of Calling Mr. King over on LitStack.
The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self Defense, Tim Kinsella, featherproof books, 2011
Absolutely loved this one....if it is a measure of anything, by the time I finished the book, my copy was more dog-eared than just about any other book I own, and when it ended, I felt bittersweetly bereft. I thought The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense was a brilliant read, highly recommended for readers who like a little nostalgia in a smart, dark, funny, and engrossing novel....read more of my review of The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense over on LitStack
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