The Killer's Game

The Killer's Game

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by Jay R. Bonansinga, Jay Bonansigna
     
 

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Mystery/Suspense Large Print Edition Joe Flood seems like a nice guy. He served his country in Vietnam, takes his girlfriend out, and does his job killing people. A professional assassin, Joe s made a career out of killing those who deserve to be killed. But now he has cancer and only a few months to live. Joe hadn t banked on dying in a hospital bed, so he takes…  See more details below

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Mystery/Suspense Large Print Edition Joe Flood seems like a nice guy. He served his country in Vietnam, takes his girlfriend out, and does his job killing people. A professional assassin, Joe s made a career out of killing those who deserve to be killed. But now he has cancer and only a few months to live. Joe hadn t banked on dying in a hospital bed, so he takes out a contract on himself and The Killer s Game is on. But now it seems that there s been a mistake. Joe isn t going to die after all . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bonansinga (Black Mariah) sets a new record for breakneck pacing in this tongue-in-cheek thriller, which pits the world's best assassins against each other in a $6-million chase down the Mississippi in pursuit of one of their colleagues-a man who put up the prize money himself. Principled, middle-aged Chicago hit man Joe Flood has built a reputation among the professional killing elite and amassed a small fortune by terminating sundry bad people who somehow threatened the American way of life. When his doctor reports that he is dying of leukemia, Joe decides to avoid a lengthy illness by putting out a contract on himself and having it circulated throughout the global murder community. By the time he learns that the doctor made a mistake, it's too late to stop the deadly game that has drawn a swarm of skilled assassins in it not only for the money but also for the prestige of vanquishing the renowned professional they know as "Slugger." Bonansinga fashions an energetic cartoon of violence and chaos as killers of every stripe pop up to stalk Joe. There are old mob guys, ex-spies, specialists in poison and martial arts, even a pair of surgically separated, Sicilian Siamese twins. It's all a little silly, and it celebrates murder as a colorful, fun-filled pastime, but it's sure to make those long train and plane rides go by in a flash. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
A hardcover debut that delivers the punch of early Spillane, the pace of The Fugitive, and the body count of a Schwarzenegger epic with all the credibility of Batman.

Aging assassin Joseph Riley Flood, known as the Slugger, is told that he's going to die of leukemia. Joe, a Catholic, won't commit suicide, and so he has his boss establish an open contract on his life. Whoever blows Joe Flood to kingdom come will receive $6 million, which is being transferred from Joe's Swiss account and held in escrow. Joe also gives an extra million to his girlfriend Maizie, then splits. That night, on his answering machine, however, Joe's doctor tells him that through a lab error his blood sample got mixed with someone else's—and that he will likely live to be a hundred. Joe tries to break the contract, but it's too late. The world's top assassins converge on Chicago to take out the Slugger. Joe flees, at each turn dropping one or more of the hit men on his tail. Bonansinga, meantime, is heavy on the ordnance, the novel sometimes reading like a serial for Soldier of Fortune. Even Joe's girlfriend Maizie, a specialist in theater makeup and disguise, turns out to have a background in ballistics (and an unsuspected, close relationship with the mob). She tracks Joe down to tell him that she's three months pregnant and that she's not leaving him. Soon, there are only four assassins left, and the CIA says that it'll give JOe and Maizie new identities if he rids the planet of these pro killers. But who can trust the CIA? Joe has to create a spectacular theatrical finale that proves he's dead if he and Maizie are to get out alive.

Unbelievable, over-the-top mayhem, rendered in a faux tough- guy prose.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684825137
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/04/1997
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.12(d)

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