Friday 17 April 2020

Book ~ "The Killing Kind" (2015) Chris Holm

From GoodreadsMichael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life - and beloved fiancée - and set out on a path of redemption ... or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts - he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he'll make sure whoever's coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living - but a great way to make himself a target.

Michael and Evie were young and in love.  With no job prospects, Michael joined the military and was eventually sent on special missions.  When most of his unit was killed in Afghanistan, he is presumed to be also dead.  Feeling guilty about what he had been doing in the military, he let everyone believe that, including Evie.

Back in the States, Michael makes a living doing what he does best ... killing people.  He is a hitman who kills hitmen.  When he learns that a hit is going to happen, Michael approaches whoever is going to be killed and offers to kill the hitman for 10 times amount the hitman was going to be paid.  Some choose not to take him up on his offer and suffer the consequences.

Michael is good at his job and things usually run smoothly ... until the Council, which is made up of major crime families, hires Alexander to get rid of Michael.  It takes Michael a while to realize this and once he does, he's on the hunt to find Alexander before the Alexander finds him first.  Plus there's an FBI agent who is hot on Michael's tail and has been for a few years.

This is the first in the Michael Hendricks series and though it took me a bit to get into it, I liked it.  It's written in third person perspective wherever the action is, mostly with Michael, Alexander and Lester (Michael's only friend).  As a head's up, there is violence and swearing.

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