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The killing kind, Chris Holm

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The killing kind
Title
The killing kind
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Chris Holm
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Language
eng
Summary
  • A former covert operative for the U.S. Army, Michael Hendricks becomes a hitman who only kills other hitmen, until he winds up a target himself
  • Michael 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 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
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Award
Anthony Award for Best Novel, 2016
Review
  • When Michael Hendricks, an off-the-books hit man working for the U.S. during one of its many incursions into the Middle East, finds himself listed as presumed dead after an IED explosion, he jumps at the opportunity to move still further off the grid. The only person who realizes Hendricks is alive is Lester Meyers, who lost both legs in the same IED explosion and now, back home, uses his computer-hacking skills to learn about planned Mob assassinations. He passes the info along to Hendricks, who convinces the intended victims to pay him to kill their would-be killers. Of course, the Mob is unhappy about this situation and hires the crème de la crème of hit men to kill the mysterious killer. There are too many clichés and telegraphed plot lines here, but there’s plenty to praise, too. Holm’s action scenes are breathtaking whirlwinds, and even when readers know what’s next, he builds an improbable level of suspense. Yes, this first Holm novel is a bit uneven, but it’s clear he’s a writer with a strong future. Stick with him. -- Lukowsky, Wes (Reviewed 09-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 1)
  • Former U.S. special operations soldier Michael Hendricks, the hero of Holm’s inventive thriller, was presumed killed in a horrifying attack in Afghanistan that left his unit destroyed. Informing neither the government nor his ex-girlfriend, Hendricks returns to the U.S., where he contacts the intended victims of organized crime hit contracts and, if they meet his standards for decency, offers to take out their killer, for a fee 10 times what the hit man was paid in the first place. A shadowy cartel of organized crime groups hires sadistic but effective hit man Alexander Engelman to deal with Hendricks. Engelman learns Hendricks’s background through devious means, which sets up a final showdown of hit man versus hit man. Holm (Dead Harvest and two other novels in his Collector fantasy series) carries off a preposterous plot with brazen aplomb, creating a diverting, action-packed story interspersed with excellent character vignettes. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 13, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 28, p)
  • Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the U.S. military, Michael Hendricks was presumed dead on a mission in Afghanistan gone wrong and slipped away to a new life: he's a hit man who only zaps other hit men. Holm's award-winning stories have appeared in places like Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine , and his celebrated fantasy-pulp "Collector" trilogy has shown up on over 40 Best Books lists in the last few years. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed April 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 7, p60)
  • /* Starred Review */ A fast-moving thriller with a clever premise. Edgar Morales is about to get whacked by a button man for an international crime syndicate called the Corporation. When the fatal shot rings out, though, it's said button man's head that explodes. His executioner is Michael Hendricks, who has an odd specialty: he's a "hitman killing hitmen." So the Council—a group of major American crime families—hires Engelmann, "one of the most gifted contract killers in the world," to blot out Hendricks, "a pest in need of exterminating." Hendricks is a killer with not just a conscience, but business sense. If there's a price on your head, he'll take out the hired killer for 10 times that price. And if he calls you, it means that "someone, somewhere, want[s] you dead." The plot weaves the storylines of both killers in with that of FBI Special Agent Charlotte "Charlie" Thompson, who wants to catch the two men. Hendricks is the most complex of the characters, hence the most interesting. He's a Special Forces veteran thought by most people, including his former girlfriend, to have been killed in Afghanistan. His code prevents him from killing innocents, unlike Engelmann, the flat-out evildoer who relishes the pain and suffering of others. Hendricks' worldview comes out of his crucible of pain, while Engelmann just grew up bad; he will happily kill you and have a good night's sleep. Meanwhile, Charlie and her partner try to track both men down. The three main characters play their roles well—Charlie is appealing, Hendricks is the semisympathetic antihero, Engelmann is just plain vile, and they're all smart. Who will best whom is by no means obvious in this fast-moving, witty tale of good guy versus bad guy versus worse guy.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2015)
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10443708
Cataloging source
TOH
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Holm, Chris F
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3608.O49432324
LC item number
K55 2015
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Michael Hendricks series
Series volume
1
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Assassins
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • Assassins
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The killing kind, Chris Holm
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ocn915740783
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9780316259538
Lccn
2014960165
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unmediated
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  • (OCoLC)915740783
  • (Sirsi) a1224866
Label
The killing kind, Chris Holm
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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ocn915740783
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9780316259538
Lccn
2014960165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)915740783
  • (Sirsi) a1224866

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