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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. Recent American crime novel: an elderly contract killer considers retiring. He lives alone, in someplace like Texas or Arizona. A deputy sheriff who is struggling with a corrupt boss sets out to bring the old killer to justice. Spoiler ahead. [s]

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message 1: by Jon (last edited Sep 10, 2018 05:53PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jon Pheloung | 5 comments Published 2016/17. Writer is middle-aged white American male who attended Iowa Workshop or similar place. This is his debut novel. It opens with a shooting in open country (near a riverbed) and burying the body by an ageing professional killer and his accomplice who later cannot keep himself from spending his fee in a spectacular way (drugs, strippers). This angers the old killer who is looking to see out his last days in peace. A recently divorced/separated sheriff is tasked with bringing the old killer to justice.


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Jon Pheloung | 5 comments also: the office of the sheriff is small and there's bad blood between the sheriff and the (main character) deputy. The elderly killer reminisces at times about his wife - SPOILER - turns out she's buried in the yard and he might have killed her


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Jon Pheloung | 5 comments Vivid opening scene: elderly killer and his young sidekick execute another man, shot in head out by a desolate dry river bed.
The sidekick is raw and untested and irritating to the old man who is a consummate professional when it comes to contract killing.
After they get paid, the sidekick makes too much fuss in nearby town, spending his fee on drugs and strippers.


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Jon Pheloung | 5 comments Still hoping someone who reads crime fiction, or Western fiction, or contemporary American fiction or new US writers, or... can help me out here!


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Jon Pheloung | 5 comments YES SOLVED it's The Ploughmen by Kim J. Zupan


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