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Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Rex Feral kills for hire. Daring. Unafraid. Professional. Now he dares to tell his professional secrets.

Feral is a hit man. Some consider him a criminal. Others think him a hero. In truth, he is a lethal weapon aimed at the enemy of the one who pays him. He is the last recourse in these times when laws are so twisted that justice goes unserved. He is a man who controls

Paperback, 130 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Paladin Press
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Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
Very dissatisfied.I took a hiatus from school to try and make my way in the world of contract killing with this book as my guide.

Despite following every guideline, rule, suggestion, and example I didn't complete one hit. Or even attempt a hit.

Actually, I never even received a call for my services.
So now I'm back at school learning worthless things, my dreams of a life in the criminal underworld, regrettably unfulfilled.
Apr 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People wasting time at work
Unlike many of you, I have actually read this book. Someone was gracious (dumb) enough to put the whole thing online.

There's a rumor going around that it was in fact written by a Florida housewife, and there's nothing in the book that would refute that. No extremely technical advice or real insight into the profession.

If you are seriously considering entry into a career in contract killing, I recommend the Delta Press books available at most gun shows.
Infamous Sphere
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like laughing at oddities, crime novel aficionados
After seeing this book mentioned in an episode of the Radiotopia podcast Criminal, and hearing that it was available online, I decided to check it out. Ended up reading the entire thing.
I thought my primary reaction would be morbid fascination, but this book is funny as all hell! On the surface it's supposed to be a guide written by a hitmen, for other potential hitmen, but so many of the things in this book are badly written, over the top and absurd, and fall into the category of
Robert Beveridge
Rex Feral, Hit Man (Paladin Press, 1992)

The incredible amount of attention Hit Man received after the 1993 James Perry case has blown the book way, way out of proportion, mostly because of first amendment issues. Paladin settled a lawsuit out of court by promising to pull all extant copies of Hit Man off the shelf and no longer offer the book for sale; this, of course, did nothing but garner huge amounts of free publicity for a book very few people had ever heard of from a press very few people
Nicole Bunge
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I own this book, mainly because of the first amendment value. I read about it in one of my journalism classes back in 1998 or so.
I can't really vouch for the content, since I own it more as an artifact than anything. Still, since I'm a writer, who knows? I own guides to poisons and autopsy manuals too.
Or maybe you want to contact me about my 'rates' to take care of your 'problems.'
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this back in high school, and I had no idea it wasn't real or whatever.

At the time I thought it was engrossing and awesome, I couldn't put it down. I found it as a TXT file floatign around the internet and I read through the whole thing.

Really neat stuff, great entertainment, although the usefulness of the stuff in it is highly dated.
Chris Johnson
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you are looking for step by step instructions (with pictures) on how to make a disposable silencer than this book is for you, otherwise don't bother.

I'm sure when this book came out in 1983 it was more relevant and "edgy" but looking at it through the lens of 2019 it just seems really cheesy and kinda lame. It's not so much a technical manual as it is a general guideline. A lot of the information seems pretty common sense; binge watching CSI or other similar shows would pretty much give you
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be pretty funny. I stumbled across a pdf of it while reading through comments on Reddit. I read the whole thing in one sitting because it drew me in. It's unlike any other book I've read. It almost felt 'wrong' to be reading it. I think I kept reading because of that.

It is rumored that a stay at home mom (or something like that) wrote this just for shits and giggles. It is also rumored that this book is banned in some places. I read on wikipedia that one idiot actually tried
Ethan Hulbert
This book was something alright. Almost certainly not written by a real hitman. Lots of stuff you could figure out by reading some mystery novels (whether it's right or not) and then some bizarre tangents here and there like eventually you'll be so successful you'll have your own jet and pufferfish aquarium? Okay. SO outdated now, too. "Airlines don't check IDs for tickets bought in cash." Ah, simpler times.

Entertaining if bizarre.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm sure that not too many people know who was it exactly that produced the highly controversial content of the book. It is a good bet to say with all the things considered, that the author was not an assassin for hire, but this book sure hopes to be one.

It is very true that the book certainly doesn't go into too much detail over its' subjects. Some of the content of the book regarding the methods and practises in "assassination situations" and the preparations of such things do seem like common
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hit Man over all was a good read. The unique insight into the detailed processes executed by a "Hit Man", real or not, gives this book a deep sense plausibility. Whether these techniques are effective or not (more not, given the triple murder in 1993 resulted in the capture of James Perry) they give the reader simultaneously a feeling of vulnerability, thinking anyone else can be reading this book and plotting a murder, and empowerment, having the reader himself the same information to ...more
Warren R.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has always been meant as a joke. It was reportedly written by a Floridian housewife using the hit man pseudonym Rex Feral (King of Beasts). One chapter of the book advises you to make sure you wear gloves when snacking from the victim's refrigerator. If you can't tell by reading it that it is a joke, then you deserve what you get for acting on the information given. Although one person has been arrested for using the info in this book and Paladin was sued by the victim's family, there ...more
May 01, 2007 rated it liked it
A do it yourself approach to contract killing. Written as a compendium for the trade, it has several big gaps, but it does acknowledge this and offers more sources for specifics. I now know how to make a homemade silencer and how to track a man without being seen. Should you be afraid? Hardly; considering this book has been around since the 70's. Although there was some nut job who took it seriously and killed a mans wife and boyfriend for him. A book was written about it. A book about a book. ...more
Tom Mueller
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This truly is banned in the U.S., not just challenged. The Publisher was court ordered to destroy all remaining copies, and pull them from shelves, etc. So much for our First Amendment Rights. My copy is a 1st/1st (not sure it even made it to a 2nd printing), unread, mint condition. I own it because I'm somewhat of a collector, and out of pure curiosity. See the Publisher's FAQ page at for more information.
Doggies, do NOT eat this one, hear? lol
Mar 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
doubtful that this author is who he says he is. the writing style is disorganized and childish. even taking account the date of publication there are massive holes in the action plans that would land a wanna-be in jail. there was only 1 actual bit of education in the entire book, the how-to on homemade silencers. waste of my time.
Mar 12, 2010 is currently reading it
I'm not entirley sure why you people would read his book and think,i'm ready.Yes it's a manual but you need to read the fine print,COMMON SENSE.Rex Feral I would like to meet you and Discuss Life with you.
Wise Fool
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
There is nothing amazing about this book.
nothing you can't work out from watching a few Hitman movies.
It's logical and everything is made to sound easier than it would be.
Yet it is an easy short read. So if your tempted, just read it for laughs.
I think as a real-life manual this book is very much out of date. And focuses on the US hit man, not the world wide one, and doesn't say much at all about hit women.

Now, if I were to use this book to write a "perfect crime" story, then it's a perfect run down of what to do and what not to do!
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written, sadly banned by our nanny state government
Ahmed Alohali
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Definitely out dated but as physician nice to know the criminal mentally at 60s and 70s and who things evolve now.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Very interesting.
Gerardo B.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nada de discusiónes morales aquí. Es un ensayo entretenido y punto.
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