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The Hitman's Lover (Jack Scully #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Jack Scully, a partner in a Jersey City law firm, has a nice practice until his old Aunt Maude guns down a policeman and insists that he handle her case. What’s her defense? She claims the cop was really a hitman hired by her alcoholic husband Teddy. As Scully digs into the shooting, he learns that a gang of crooked cops is moonlighting for organized crime boss Carmine ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Richard Newell Smith (first published April 15th 2012)
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Feb 27, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. Crooked cops, an old lady who may or may not be paranoid (especially when it comes to her husband) her lawyer-nephew, and the mafia. All set in New Jersey. What's not to like?

This is pure escapism, and a great example of modern noir. Who did it? Who didn't do it is probably the better question.
Oct 14, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, mystery
Jack Scully is introduced as a lawyer (divorce-lawyer), who dons the hat of a sleuth in Richard Newell Smith's mystery novel called The Hitman's Lover, which is the first book in the Jack Scully series.

I've already read the second book Grind His Bones which is the second book in the Jack Scully series. So I pretty much had an idea about this guy. Well, in this book, The Hitman's Lover, we are introduced with Jack's girlfriend, Diane Marsh, who works in the forensic lab and in this book, Jack a
Dec 22, 2013 Zoeytron rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Poor old Aunt Maude. She showers, gets dressed, applies her makeup and douses herself with perfume. She has a 'date' with a hitman, but the hitman is late. Wait, there he is now - POW! Yup, Auntie Maude has a fully loaded Smith & Wesson in her lap and she uses it. Unfortunately, the man she just unloaded on is a cop. In a trice, the police arrive and outfit her with a pair of handcuffs and cart her off to the hoosegow. Luckily for Maude, her nephew is a lawyer, albeit of the divorce and dog ...more
Jonah Gibson
Nov 16, 2013 Jonah Gibson rated it really liked it
This book was just plain fun. It reminded me of Elmore Leonard - quirky characters, snappy dialogue, surprising plot twists, and a spoonful of funny to make the medicine go down. The main character, Jack Scully, is a lawyer who deals mostly in divorce cases. He gets sucked into a case involving murder and mayhem when his elderly aunt shoots a police officer on her front porch. She claims the guy came to kill her. Scully believes her, although no one else does at the outset. Turns out there is a ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book as a goodreads giveaway; and as soon as it arrived I asked myself "did I mean to enter for this?!" This is a book that should not be judged on its cover, because in my opinion it's doing it no favours. Though there is a hitman, and he does have a lover, I'm not sure she's a big enough character for the title, let alone the cover art.

However, the blurb on the back seemed good enough, and it was free so I went ahead and read it.

Things I liked - for a conspiracy/corrupt police plo
Jen Cowin
Aug 25, 2013 Jen Cowin rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-to-read
*If you miss The Soprano's, you'll love this book!*

- It's an easy to follow read and a page turner.
- It's plot-driven, which I really enjoy,especially in the summer.
- Maude was my favourite character because she has guts, and smarts. I felt the reader got to know her, above all other characters, the best.
- The novel overall had a predictable feeling, but only because of the way it was written. That is, the characters told you their next move - every time.
- "A Jack Scully Thriller", this had me
Angie Rhodes
Jun 21, 2013 Angie Rhodes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, first-reads
This was a First Read, book, that I won, and boy am I glad I did. Aunt Maude, what a character! she is old, sassy, and has a pug, called Sheba,her nephew, Jack Scully, is a lawyer, who, when helping, Maude, who accidentally, shoots, a cop, gets in over his head, with bent cops, and the maifia. Aunt Maude is no angel, she has hired a hitman, to bump her alcoholic husband Teddy, off, whilst unbeknownst to her, he has hired one, to "get rid " of her, So begins, a great book, dry humour, with larger ...more
Mary Ashmore
Mar 25, 2014 Mary Ashmore rated it it was amazing
I am not one to go on and on with the premise etc.
If you are not a fan, do your research the author is one of a kind.
It's a fun read but also keeps you wondering and on the edge of your seat all the way to the end.
Jan 14, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was sent a signed copy of The Hitman’s Lover from a firstreads giveaway, which I have just finished!

The name suggests that this book is heavier on the romance than the murder. However, there is only a slight hint here and there of any love blooming between Jack and another character. Murders and a slight bit of mystery make up the majority of the storyline. It was a pleasant surprise and a refreshing change from what I normally read and I’d be interested in reading the rest of the series. I ce
Julie Ramsey
May 17, 2013 Julie Ramsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done

Maude, gets a call giving her a message that will save her life. One that will not be forgotten and one that will change many lives forever. . . . . .

Maude was ready when a hitman came to pay her visit, only she did not know it was a cop, Larry Serido was paid to take Maude out. By whom we do not know, but she believes it was her husband Teddy. She showed no fear and shot Larry. Jack Scully practices law in Jersey
Nov 06, 2013 Cathy rated it liked it
I was engrossed from the start. I can usually read a few pages, put the book down and go to sleep, but I found with this book, I wanted to keep reading. Lost some sleep because of that!

I like Maude’s attitude and spunk and found I quickly liked her. Although I felt that the number of deaths got a little out of control, I was happy to lose myself in the world of Jack Scully. I found the book well-written and easy to read. I don’t like to have to re-read passages several times to be sure I have u
Oct 20, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
I won this novel through a goodreads competition. I read the first chapter and struggled to get through it as it was confusing and a little bland for my taste but decided to read on through to the second chapter hoping it would pick up and capture my attention. Sadly, it didn't. In my opinion more clarity or development of the character may have helped or more noticeable relationships. Although, the settings were detailed and I thought they were fairly in depth and interesting. I picked this ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Kumara rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I had a longer review of this book that I won in a goodreads giveaway written when I disappeared on me. I hope when I have more time I can up date this review again but for now will just sum it up. A potential good novel was spoiled by the incompetence of bad guys the seemed to be unable to do anything right,from a inabilty to shoot old ladies to leaving evidence when they do actually manage to kill some one. The novel's hero had so liittle to do in catching the bad guys he might as well not ...more
Dec 14, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
This book pretty much has it all. Bad guys, Good guys, bad cops, good cops, and a second rate lawyer. Reading "Hitman's lover" by author Richard Newell Smith, kind of reminded me of being inside an episode of the old TV show "Rockford Files". Funny in places with snappy dialog and brutal in others with grisly murders. I did enjoy reading book. I saw ending coming from half way through. Protagonist 'Jack Scully' a second rate lawyer must be part P.I., part social worker, and victim throughout his ...more
Pat Byrnes
Apr 14, 2014 Pat Byrnes rated it really liked it
I received this book through a GoodReads sweepstakes. The cover & title would make one think it would be a raunchy tale full of steamy detail. Well, if that is what you are looking for, this isn’t a book for you (I’m glad it wasn’t). The book was very well written and moved at a good pace. The characters were interesting to follow and made you cheer for the good guy.

The story involves bad cops, the mob, a cranky old lady and a lawyer. If that doesn’t sound like a weird mix, then I don’t know
May 08, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Rogue cops, crime boss, Carmine Annunzio, his Maffia Princess daughter, Angela, and girlfriend to bad, bad cop Tommy McGann lead the cast of characters in this tongue-in-cheek thriller. Outspoken, senior citizen, Maude Ryan guns down the hitman that came to kill her.
Maude thinks her useless husband, Teddy, ordered the hit. When she is arrested she calls her nephew Jack Skully, a New Jersey Attorney to help free her.
A complicatedd plot and sub-plots with characters who are both mean and funny. Ja
Feb 24, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Action, crime and humour. Three fundamental keywords for this book.
I found some events a bit predictable but all in all it's a good read.
I liked so much Aunt Maude's character, as well as Teddy's. Their relationship is hilarious, the way they hate each other sublime.
Jack Scully, the main character, is less intresting than his tirgger-happy Aunt.
Mobsters and bad cops are well characterized.
The book's title is a bit misleading, as well as its cover image.
Honestly, I don't remember more than a sce
Robert A.
Sep 16, 2013 Robert A. rated it it was amazing
Lawyer Jack Scully gets involved with organized crime and corrupt cops while defending his eccentric aunt who has shot a police officer she believed was sent by her husband to murder her. Scully is over his head or so it seems, but as the action progresses his wits and luck prvail.

The characters, good and bad, are convincing and interesting. There is action and suspense and a little humor and an almost love affair. The Hitman's Lover is an entertaining read. Reviewed by the author of The Childr
Aug 14, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
I'm not sure what I was expecting about this book, but I kind of feel I was a bit mislead by the synopsis. I was thinking about a funnier story, with more action and fiercer scenes, perhaps. However, I found it a bit dull and ordinary. Romance could be added to spice things up, and I think a better surprise element could have been used to twist the story and turn things more interesting. Nevertheless, I give it three stars, mainly because I read worse than this, and the writing is very simple ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Anica rated it it was amazing
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Aug 10, 2014 Todd rated it really liked it
This book is an enjoyable book. The book is your standard private investigator murder thriller. The main character is an attorney rather than a PI but you get the idea. It has all the elements of a good thriller; murder, a hero, a woman accused of murder and the quest to right a wrong. There are also corrupt cops, mafia and good cops along the way. Overall a good summer read and worth a follow up book as well.
Ryan Hansen
Feb 22, 2014 Ryan Hansen rated it really liked it
Jack Scully is a lawyer in New Jersey. His life gets very interesting when his Aunt Maude shoots a policeman and he takes on her case. This book is full of crooked cops who are in deep with the mafia. People bite the dust right and left as the bad guys don't care who they have to kill to try to protect themselves. In the end all of the bad guys pretty much end up dead as well. An entertaining read.
Samantha Gottschall
Apr 15, 2014 Samantha Gottschall rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway and overall I would say that I was happy I won this one! It was a fast paced read but action packed, there was something going on in this book on almost every page! It was hard to get into at first but once I did I couldn’t put it down! Would definitely recommend. (My mom actually is wanting to borrow it!)
Morgan E
Oct 03, 2013 Morgan E rated it liked it
It was a really interesting book, action-packed. There was always something going on. I really enjoyed the characters and how they acted. It was a fast read, very enjoyable. I hope to be able to read the next ones in the series. It was very interesting.

I received a free copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway.
Robert Gordon
Oct 26, 2013 Robert Gordon rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from a first reads giveaway and I am very pleased that I entered. This is a very good book, fast paced with lots of action. The characters are very colourful and there is plenty of sex,violence and dark humour, what more could you want. This is the first in a series and I will certainly read more.
Caroline Wood
Jul 31, 2013 Caroline Wood rated it really liked it
Was a little hard to get into,but after 3 chapters or so I really got into this book!! Am on last chapter and it's very gripping and entertaining would recommend if you like crime or mafia type story's.
Has an predictable ending but have admit i loved it
I got this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. It was a decent crime drama novel. It was an easy read, but it was predictable. The title I felt was misleading, while the hitman's lover plays a decent role, it is not fleshed out as the title suggests.
Jun 19, 2015 Natalia rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I really liked the book! fissured am in suspense stories and this was another good book, I recommend for those who enjoy this type of story
Oct 05, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I really liked this book, it was funny and had a decent plot. A little predictable in places but overall just a really enjoyable, easy read.

I won this through Goodreads First Reads.
Lola Lee
Aug 11, 2013 Lola Lee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lola by: Goodreads First Reads
I won a copy of The Hitman's Lover (Jack Scully Thrillers #1)
by Richard Newell Smith in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First-Reads

Awesome book highly recommended :)
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Richard Newell Smith grew up in Marblehead, MA, graduated from Harvard, served in the Coast Guard and then worked for several years in marketing communications. Four years ago he began writing thriller novels full time. The Hitman's Lover, Grind His Bones and Naked Fear are available now. All three novels won awards from the Florida Writers Assn. (Royal Palm Literary Awards). Scavenging Ned Scully ...more
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