The Communist. The Politician. The Hit Man. The Shot.
Tom Jefferson has a job he does very well. He kills for a living. Fresh off the takedown of a Nazi in Buenos Aires, Tom is poised for his next "assignment" -- the assassination of Fidel Castro. The mob, led by Sam Giancana, the CIA, and presidential candidate Jack Kennedy are all in on the plan. Together, they can take
Kerr does a great job leading the reader down all sorts of blind alleys. Tom Jefferson, a hit man who uses the names of presidents as aliases, has been approached ...more
Let's start with the problems. There are two protagonists (oh, yeah; the book abruptly changes focus halfway through). This in and of itself wouldn't be a problem if either one of them were remotely interesting. Instead, we get a complete cipher of an assassin and a disgrace ...more
Not only could I get into the story, but I just couldn't wrap my mind around the main character for some reason.
I skimmed the pages of this after page 150- and I think I absorbed just as much as I would have if I really delved into the story.
Philip Kerr, you disappointed me :C
The book is really not very good. What an unfortunate attempt on Kerr's part. Not only are there silly mistakes (citing the First Amendment as the right to bear arms), but there's quite a lot of useless filler that adds nothing to the story. Sorry Mr Kerr. But it takes a bit more than Google Maps to paint a picture of a city. There are two main characters in the book and I suppose it's a mar ...more
Though, fictional, the names of the major players in our country's history from this era are all present in the story. The novel has a sufficient number of deviations to keep most thriller rea ...more
The story follows hitman Tom Jefferson who is hired by the mob and the CIA in the late 1950s to assassinate Fidel Castro. I don’t want to ...more
So to find a "non Bernie" amongst Kerr's writings was a rare find, picked up at a recycling market without even bothering to read the back blurb. Not very Bernie-like, this is its own book. I was hard pressed to eve ...more
Kerr is one of my favourite authors and while th ...more
Reading as many thrillers as I do, such stories always cause me to wonder if these are really alternate history or a leaking of long-hidden actual events. But then, that is their purpose - to cause you to wonder.
Overall, it kept my interest. The only think I didn't like - and didn't like it in 1 ...more
While I was reading "The Shot", the Philip Kerr book, someone at work said he had
written a very good trilogy about Berlin. I may read it and hope
it's better than this one. This book is about an assassin hired in
the early 1960s to kill Castro. It has many twists and turns and is
well written. I didn't like it. What I actually didn't like was the
depiction of the time. I lived through the 60's and yet I found the
attitudes towards women, blacks, minorities disturbing. I don't know
what else to say. Ma ...more
The novel tells of this background, and finishes with a pseudo attempt to assassinate Kennedy, which is intended to scare him into not invading Cuba. The kicker is that he is not told of the attempt, thus, leaving himself open following the Bay of Pi ...more
I bought this book (the French edition) in Québec. I liked it (the ending was cool), although the storyline was divided oddly. Things would happen in one chapter, and then there would different events with different characters in t ...more
This book DID do a pretty good job with laying down the political feelings at the time. It sets the scene well, but I don't read a book for just that. I need some story, too, and it didn't deliver.
Maybe I just don't get into this type of book. The whole assassin who we can't be sure whose side he is on thing. But really, it was pretty bad.
Its not a good book, save yourself the time and don't read it.