Behind the doors of an illegal casino, will Quarry find Lady Luck or a lady killer?
As part of his plan to target other hitmen, Quarry follows one from steamy Florida to the sober Midwest. But this killer isn’t a man at all – she’s a sloe-eyed beauty, as dangerous in bed as she is deadly on the job. Has Quarry finally met his match?
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…
This reissue of Collins's third Quarry novel, originally published in 1976 as The Dealer, showcases the author's talent for crafting hard-boiled suspense. A list of fellow assassins that the hit man has retrieved from his late middleman, the Broker, has given him a brilliant idea. Following one of these killers could lead him to a potential target, whose murder he could offer to prevent for a fee. After laying low in his Wisconsin home following his killing of a federal agent, Quarry picks a name off the list and heads to Florida to check out the intended victim of an alluring killer called Glenna Cole. When Glenna moves on, Quarry follows her to West Lake, Iowa, where she's posing as a bartender in a private gambling club. The hit man ends up mixing the personal with the professional when he becomes emotionally involved with Glenna, even as he identifies her prey and tries to profit from that information. Fans of spare but effective prose in the service of a taut thriller will be satisfied.