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Mr In Between

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  81 Ratings  ·  23 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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Jacqie
Mar 04, 2015 Jacqie rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a short book, almost a novella. I've got conflicting emotions about it. On the one hand, it's the kind of fascination and fetishizing of ugliness and decay that I don't like. On the other hand, some of the characterization was quite good- that's really all that saved it from one star.

Because this is the kind of book that glories in its nastiness. If you like descriptions like "puke on a gray sidewalk" to give
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Kelly
Mar 14, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I received a copy of this from Open Road Integrated Media and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Mr In- Between is a dark and gritty psychological thriller about a killer for hire.

Jon Bennet works for The Tattooed Man. He's very good at what he does. He's extremely efficient and fiercely loyal making him the ideal employee.
As a result Jon lives very well and has more money than he knows what to do with.

One Day Jon bumps into an old school friend Andy, who is now married with a child.
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Danny
Mar 17, 2016 Danny rated it really liked it
Unlike many of the reviews here, I purchased this book because I wanted to. After becoming a big fan of Luther (who isn't?) I read the excellent prequel novel written by Neil Cross, who is also responsible for the TV show's writing and immediately felt compelled to read his other books.

Mr In-between is his first; a haunting look into the darkest elements of English society, the story revolves around Jon, an assassin who works for a mysterious and seemingly omnipotent 'tattooed' man. Expression
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Philip Bailey
Mar 26, 2015 Philip Bailey rated it liked it
No doubt there are people like this in the world. Not that I know of or care to know about. A British setting provides for a plentitude of idioms likely common amongst the blue collar class of the indigenous populace but readers here in the Colonies have to take our best shot at substituting a meaningful word. Always a negative for this reader. Some slang solutions are provided in later settings. The story centers on a central character and his few work associates who engage in the killing, maim ...more
Cathleen
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Marjorie
Feb 11, 2015 Marjorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 Autumn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
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
Feb 25, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2011 Kelvin rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
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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Angel Hatfield
Mar 18, 2015 Angel Hatfield rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
Jon is an assassin. He had to set up everything as the tattooed man has asked. Many of Jon's possessions had been gifts from the tattooed man, who seemed genuinely concerned in his lack of interest in the little luxuries. Lon like to take speed. One day he ran into an old friend from school, Andy. Andy was married and had a child but was unemployed. While playing catch up, Andy invited him to his house to meet his family. This beg
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Jay Williams
Feb 28, 2015 Jay Williams rated it really liked it
This book deals with personalities and moralities not commonly found. I found it fascinating and repelling at the same time. Yet, it was most difficult to put down. This book is a better analysis of the elements affecting human relationships than a text. It provides situations and interactions familiar to all of us, but in a context that requires the reader to analyze and thank them through. Jon, the main character, exists in between two very definite worlds, yet can not exist in either one. Onl ...more
Cathe Olson
Mar 20, 2015 Cathe Olson rated it liked it
This book started out good. Joe Bennett, a brutal, cold-blooded hired killer unquestionably does the bidding of the "tattooed man." But then Joe runs into his childhood buddy, who is down on his luck and a chink emerges in his unfeeling, uncaring facade.

This book started out with an intriguing premise and I found the characters very interesting and compelling--but suddenly the book seems to change and becomes almost a new story with a different focus. I did finish the book but it was unsatisfyin
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Debbie Krenzer
Feb 17, 2015 Debbie Krenzer rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2015 Michael rated it did not like it
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.
Jessica
Sep 25, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, netgalley
This book was SO messed up. I loved it.

If you've ever wondered about the inner life of the psychopath, this is the book for you. It's written by the creator of the BBC's Luther; Alice Morgan was my favorite character there, so it's no big surprise that this was right up my alley. But man, is it BLEAK. The protagonist's detachment works well as a contrast to the extreme violence and depravity of the storyline, and the ending is perfect. Highly recommended.
Jo Wilkinson
Jun 10, 2015 Jo Wilkinson rated it really liked it
Terrifyingly honest look inside the life of a sadistic henchman of an emotionally warped warlord. Enjoyed the unpredictability and the darkness for a brief change, but I couldn't read this all the time. That's a side of the street I'm glad I've never walked on.
Angela
Jan 21, 2016 Angela rated it it was ok
This was not what I expected from Neil Cross. It was an utter letdown! I can only conclude that as it was his first novel perhaps he lacked confidence in his abilities. I have read and enjoyed later books by N.C. which is why this was such a disappointment.
Iain
Jul 25, 2013 Iain rated it it was amazing
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
Steve Hayman
Jan 16, 2016 Steve Hayman rated it really liked it
A deliciously dark novel from from a very talented author. On the look out for more from this guy.
Susan Brown
Oct 28, 2014 Susan Brown marked it as to-read
number 1
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Excellent
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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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