The Killer's Gameby Jay R. Bonansinga, Jay Bonansigna
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 . . .
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'sand 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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This is my 3rd novel by this author. This is a wonderful, fast paced story. 287 pages long. Story starts out great on doesn't let up. This would make an great movie. Great characters. By the way the story ended, might there be a sequel in the author's mind? Would differently recommend this book.
Jay Bonansinga is an incredible author, seen through his work on the WALKING DEAD novels. However, his book THE KILLER'S GAME is by far, the best of his works I have read. In this story, a murder for hire hitman, Joe T. Flood, finds out he has cancer and decides that instead of dying hard and horrible from the disease, he puts a contract out on his own head with the winner getting $6 million. He then learns that his doctor made a mistake and the records were for someone else but the "Game" is in play so he has to run for his life. Jay's ability to develop his characters into someone you actually care about is astonishing. They are life-like and their trials and tribulations feel so real it is hard to believe they are coming from the mind of this man. My favorite character in the book, besides, Joe Flood of course, is Mickey Coogan, a child with Down's Syndrome who believes that Joe is Batman. I have worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for over 30 years and Jay got it right on the money. The story is fluid, full of action and drama with just the right amount of violence as Joe meets the folks that are set to take his life. Jay has a wonderful sense of humor which he uses to take the edge off of his story at just the right times. I can't recommend this book high enough because it is a thriller. Jay Bonansinga is a compassionate, talented writer and I look forward to reading more of his work in the near future.