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Published by Sphere, 26 July 2018. ISBN: 978-0-7515-7247-6
Victor is an ex-CIA and MI6 operative and now earns a
living as a hired killer, he is of no fixed abode and is adept at hiding his
For many years two sisters living
in Guatemala have been in competition, fighting to take complete control of
their late father's cartel. He dealt in narcotics and just about every unlawful
thing possible. They hate each other with a vengeance.
Heloise decides she wants to end
the war between them and hires Victor to kill her younger sister, Maria.
However, like Heloise, Maria is
protected by a large entourage of well-armed men and it will need all Victor's
ingenuity to get close to her. He considers three different ways to carry out
his instructions all containing certain risks to himself.
Meanwhile, unknown to him Heloise
hires another hit man to kill Maria as insurance just in case Victor fails in
his mission. This new assassin kills for the pleasure of it and intends
disposing of Victor as well.
Victor now has enemies from all
sides, can he manage to avoid Maria's hit men who always suspect someone will
try and kill their employer, and Heloise's men who can't be trusted either
especially those closest to her. Then there is the other killer, who is
enjoying plotting how he is going to dispose of Victor and claim all the money Heloise
is offering for the death of her sister.
All underestimate Victor, but even
so he struggles to outwit all his enemies. Could he have met at last someone
who can get the better of him, in the shape of the other contract killer who is
even more ruthless than himself?To add
to his problems his latest woman is not all that she claims to be, he needs to
be extra careful about his planned assassination. Can he possibly pull it off
and walk away unscathed? It seems highly unlikely.
I know it's a rather hackneyed phrase,
but this really is a “page turner”. I struggled to be disciplined and put it
down, there were many a late meal as a consequence!The action is fast moving, gripping and at
times even amusing. The author portrays Guatemala City as a heaving den of
iniquity, probably not far from the truth given the reputation of Central
America as a centre of narcotics trading.
This is another author I have never
come across before and look forward with great anticipation to reading more of
his stories.I cannot recommend this
book enough especially for those who love an intriguing, exciting and clever
plot with a surprisingly likeable amoral killer!
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Tom Wood was born and raised in Staffordshire. After a stint as freelance editor and
film-maker, his first novel, The Hunter, was an instant bestseller and
introduced readers to a genuine antihero, Victor, an assassin with a purely
logical view on life and whose morals are deeply questionable. Tom is
passionate about physical sport, being both a huge boxing fan and practising
Krav Maga, which has seen him sustain a number of injuries. He has not,
however, ever killed anyone. He now lives in London.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.