The assignment was simple: stake out the man's home and kill him. Easy work for a professional like Quarry. But when things go horribly wrong, Quarry finds himself with a new mission: learn who hired him, and make the bastard pay.
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The longest-running series from Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition, and the first ever to feature a hitman as the main character, the Quarry novels tell the story of a paid assassin with a rebellious streak and an unlikely taste for justice. Once a Marine sniper, Quarry found a new home stateside with a group of contract killers. But some men aren't made for taking orders - and when Quarry strikes off on his own, god help the man on the other side of his nine-millimeter...
Originally titled The Broker (1976), this reissue of the series debut of Collins's charismatic antihero is timed to coincide with a new TV series. When the man called Quarry returned from the killing fields of Vietnam to find his wife in bed with a guy named Williams, he suppressed his rage long enough to get his revenge by knocking the jack out from Williams's car while the man was working underneath it. While Quarry avoided punishment for murder, Quarry was unemployable, until a man known only as Broker offered to set him up with murders for hire, in exchange for a cut of the contract. The business relationship has been an amicable one, but it comes under strain when a last minute switch at Illinois's Quad City Airport has Quarry strong-arming a man disguised as a priest, who turns out to be smuggling heroin. Since the events of this book precede the circumstances that set up the creative premise of later books, this proves to be one of the series' less interesting entries.
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Thoroughly enjoyed. If you liked the tv series you will enjoy the book