I bought this audiobook because it sounded like a murder mystery, one of my favorite genres. But it's not. It's a human interest story about a guy who is a professional hit man (surprise!). I thought to myself: I'm not going to like this, but it turned out to be one of my favorite reads. The story is very original; the main character is engaging. It's interesting how you wind up liking a guy you don't approve of, probably because you perceive motives that you may either find inside yourself, or that you can at least understand and relate to.
I'm a big Dick Francis fan, and since discovering audio books, a big Tony Britton fan. The narrator is as good as always and does not disappoint here. On the other hand, this particular DF novel is just adequate. It's starts off at a very slow pace and works up to a medium-paced one that held my interest, before it falls off again at the very end. I don't consider it a waste of time by any means, but I have enjoyed several other of his novels much better.
The story starts out somewhat more plausibly than it ends up, but the twists and turns of the plot kept me glued to my seat even when they were a bit far-fetched. It has bad guys you love to hate, and good guys you want desperately to survive and succeed. It's not profound, but good entertainment just the same.
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