CAN BE THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON
When the man he worked for abruptly exits the business, Quarry finds himself in the crosshairs as a rival tries to take over. But what does Quarry have that the new man wants? And how did the beautiful blonde in the swimming pool become a target?
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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...
First published in 1976 under the title The Broker's Wife, Collins's second novel (after the eponymous Quarry) featuring the Vietnam vet turned hit man is a brisk page-turner that works well as a prequel for readers who are only familiar with more recent titles in the series. The book opens with Quarry being stalked in his Wisconsin home by two killers. They were ostensibly sent by someone who believes Quarry was responsible for the murder of the Broker, the middleman who gave Quarry his lethal assignments. After surviving the encounter, Quarry follows a lead to Davenport, Iowa, where his efforts to stay alive are complicated by an attractive woman who crosses his path. The story line is deceptively simple. As usual, Collins imbues even walk-on characters with personality. This reissue is a good entry point to the series for fans of gritty crime fiction, and showcases some of the prolific Collins's best work. Making a stone-cold killer sympathetic isn't easy, but Collins pulls it off.