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Something Borrowed, Something Black (Peter Macklin #4)

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Peter Macklin, contract killer--retired--has found himself the perfect woman. He's convinced young, beautiful, innocent Laurie that he is simply a salesman from Detroit, and they're passionately honeymooning in Los Angeles. . . . until the phone call. Peter tells Laurie he has to go to Sacramento to take care of business, and he'll be back in a day. After a day passes, tho ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published April 20th 2002)
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Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, action, thriller
#4 in the Peter Macklin series.

Peter Macklin series - Macklin has retired from the hit-man business and married Laurie, a young woman who knows nothing of his former career. They're on their honeymoon in Los Angeles when Macklin is forced back into his old calling by a Midwestern crime lord who's interested in expanding his territory. Traveling to San Antonio, Tex., to finish somebody else's botched hit, Macklin must remember how to read every inadvertent message from his contacts, his target an
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the Peter Macklin series by Loren Estleman. Macklin has married and ostensibly retired, but he makes the mistake of taking his honeymoon in L.A. where a former adversary and crime boss forces him to take on another hit.

I really liked some of the comments that Estleman throws in by way of his characters. "He didn't buy into the romance of the soiled dove. They were walking petri dishes of communicable disease, needle-pierced and pimple-faced, with hearts made of solid shit. Even the hi
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not very good thriller about a retired hit man, newly married, who gets drawn back into the business for one last hit to save his life and his marriage.

Too slim, too formulaic, unlikable characters, very different from most of the other Estleman's I've read.

Go with A Smile on the Face of the Tiger (The Amos Walker Series #15), which I rated 5 stars.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first three Peter Macklin novels are my favorite Estleman titles, and I've read quite a few. I was eagerly looking forward to this book (Macklin's long-awaited return), but it's not nearly as good as the first three. The plot (particularly Macklin's marriage) never really hangs together, and the whole effort seems a little forced. I'm going to try the next book in the series, though...
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Estleman's protagonist Macklin is a brillant "hard boiled" derivative to Chandler's Marlowe. His police procedural backdrop, is also well woven into this fine series. His no nonsense writing harkens back to the 30's and 40's and his hitman as a blue collar hero is as noir as it gets.
Albert Belcher
I like his Amos Walker books, but, I like Lawrence Block's Kellor books better than this one.
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Loren D. Estleman is an American writer of detective and Western fiction. He writes with a manual typewriter.

Estleman is most famous for his novels about P.I. Amos Walker. Other series characters include Old West marshal Page Murdock and hitman Peter Macklin. He has also written a series of novels about the history of crime in Detroit (also the setting of his Walker books.) His non-series works in
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