Max Allen Collins
Hard Case Crime
September 20, 2011 / ISBN: 978-0857682864
by Dennis Collins
Quarry got his start in the killing business while
serving as a sniper during the Viet Nam conflict. When he came home
from combat duty a little early and caught his wife sleeping with
another man, his army training kicked in and soon his wife's casual
lover was dead. A lack of hard evidence, coupled with the reluctance
of a prosecutor to pursue a murder case against a war hero, resulted
in all charges being dropped, leaving Quarry free to follow his
career path and become a full-fledged assassin.
He found himself working in a sophisticated murder-for-hire
organization with a large staff and even larger client list. But
that didn't satisfy Quarry's sense of right and wrong, so he left
the firm and began freelancing. In his new role Quarry sniffs out
the hit men from his former stable and then identifies the mark.
Then he contacts the intended victim and strikes a deal to take
out the hired assassins, who incidentally always work in pairs.
His latest adventure takes him to Nevada, where
a Hollywood motion picture company is filming a movie. The picture's
director is the target. Identifying the would-be killers is the
easy part, but finding out who hired them presents a long list of
challenges. It could be the mobster who is financing the project,
or maybe it's the director's wife... and she turns out to be Quarry's
former unfaithful spouse.
Collins certainly has a way with words. This book is well plotted,
well written, and it's a good story. But even if the tale was terrible,
it would be worth reading for the poetic prose alone.