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Quarry by Max Allan Collins
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Nov 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: private_detective, own, kindle, read_2012, quarry_series
Read from July 23 to 25, 2012

From the outset, Max Allan Collins establishes his Parker-like character, in hit-man Quarry as a methodical ice cold killer who fears nothing of bringing death to those he's been contracted to do so. A blistering opening sequence in an airport which ultimately sees Quarry carry out a rather clinical murder sets the tone of the character as well as providing a glimpse into the treacherous world of murder-for-hire. From then on in, the plot centres around a single contract brokered by the Quarry's boss Broker in a small town. While seemingly on the level, this presumed by-the-book hit turns sour when Quarry's partner is murdered while he's taking out the contract.

With a nod towards the hard boiled PI genre, Quarry dons a slightly different persona from contract killer to investigator as he searches for the truth behind the arrange hit on his accomplice Boyd and Brokers employer. 'Quarry' is loaded with interesting characters from the gracefully ageing playboy bunny turned... well, playboy bunny to the contract target in Albert Leroy and the sinister plotting that issued his death, and Broker - Quarry's boss who has an aura of mob connectivity about him.

It was great to finally read the first of these books, having read all of the Hard Case Crime books featuring the hit-man with a heart (albeit cold) previously. 'Quarry' serves as a decent introduction to the character and how he came to be a lone operative. Lean and straight to the point, a perfectly paced and well plotted novel not to be missed. 4 stars.
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100.0% "4 stars. An enjoyable introduction to Quarry. Full review soon."
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