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Mr In Between

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Jon Bennet works for the Tattooed Man. He's an ideal employee: efficient, conscientious, and utterly loyal to the man for whom he kills. It is an existence that encourages solitariness, which Jon has cultivated, until he encounters Andy and Cathy, old friends from school, now married with a child.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 4th 1999 by Vintage (first published February 5th 1998)
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Cathleen
I received and ARC from the publisher Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Jon Bennet works for a man called Tattooed Man. He is at the beck and call of his boss and kept on a very tight leash. He kills or maims depending on his intructions from the Tattooed Man. Jon seems to act like he has no feelings or guilt by the things he has done. He also appears to be a very troubled man. As a very young boy he murdered his father and was institutionalized by his mot
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Marjorie
Given To Me For An Honest Review


Mr. In-Between by Neil Cross isn't the hitman story that I had thought. It was even better. This book is even better. You'll open the book to page one and it will grab you, hold you down and then those pages will turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the last page. You'll then wonder what did you just read. Jon Bennet kills as willed by Tattoo Man. Before too long he realizes that he is a slave and that he has a choice between freedom and slavery. As a
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Autumn
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

I have read one book by this author and I enjoyed his work, now with this book I literally felt like I just wanted to finish it quickly so I could move on.
At times I couldn't tell you what was going on. What I gathered is Jon is hired killer, one that people fear then he runs into an old friend from school. They play catch up, then Andy loses his family which causes Jon to lose it and kill someone without the consent of his boss. This l
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Nancy
The Mind of an Assassin

Jon works for the Tattooed Man as a hit man. Because he's good at his job and does whatever the Tattooed Man assigns, he lives well, but he's a loner. When he meets up with Andy, an old school friend, that changes. Andy is out of work, and he has a wife a baby.

Jon realizes that his friend has something he doesn't, and he wants to help him. This is the beginning of real changes in his life. When he does the bidding of the Tattooed Man, he functions as a slave, but now he h
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Kelvin
This densely written thriller is mainly a character study of a contract killer who works on the behalf of an influential crime figure. However, this story goes in directions I did not expect it and that's thanks to the ingenuity of Neil Cross. I found some sections over-written and overly descriptive, but it works as one semblance of a cracked individual with irksome values. A great début novel.
Bill
Imagine a killer, blindly killing those he’s ordered to – a slave, a servant, doing the will of the mysterious powerful Tattoo Man, and
now imagine this killer, Jon Bennet, suddenly realizing that he is a slave, and that he has a choice between freedom or slavery.

But he has it all as a killer – a fine apartment with beautiful furnishings, money to burn – everything but a normal life – love and the day to day life many of us enjoy.

What would you do? Do you sometimes just wait for the freedom of yo
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Rosee
Once upon a time Jon Bennet was like anyone else; he has friends, enemies, and lovers. He got angry, sad or happy as the occasion demanded. But over time, his work for the Tattoooed Man has changed him. Now when he obeys orders to main, kill or disfgure, Jon Bennet feels nothing at all. Until a chance encounter brings him back into the orbit of old friends, and he begins to remember the man he once was and now, wishes to be again. He never expected the terrible price the Tattooed Man would try t ...more
Debbie Krenzer
I would actually give this book 3 1/2 stars.

For me it was just okay. This was the second book I've read by Neil Cross reading this one after Captured kind of let me down. I skipped a LOT of pages in this one as sometimes the story just seemed to go on and on without adding anything to the story. I truly believe this story could have been told with a lot less words.

Thank you Open Road Integrated Media and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Michael
I got to Chapter 2 and couldn't go any further. I have never seen a book with more adjectives than this one. It went on and on so much it became a major distraction from the story. I'm still not sure what the author was trying to write about. What put the nail in the coffin was the author's gutter language. It didn't take long to get tired of it. I just don't need such idiocy rattling around in my brain when I am reading.
Iain
A flayed and bleak novel that follows the spiritual liberation of a retained hitman. First, he renews an old friendship, vicariously indulging himself in family life instead of alcoholic oblivion. Then, after tragedy, he cuts his ties with his satanic boss, the Tattooed Man, in a swathe of gore. It's a short book, as well, but the reader hangs on every word. Okay, there are a few minor glitches (editing I reckon), but these don't get in the way of the story and a lot is left off the page for the ...more
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Neil was born in Bristol in 1969. He lived in Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds and London before settling down. He is the author of several novels including Always the Sun, Burial and Captured as well as the bestselling memoir Heartland. He was lead scriptwriter for the acclaimed series 6 and series 7 of the BBC spy drama series Spooks and is the creator of the forthcoming BBC crime thriller Luther, whi ...more
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