Lars and Shaine have returned to a quiet life on the islands, but for Lars there is unfinished business. When he gets information that will lead him to exact revenge on behalf of his young protégé, the young woman he’s grown to think of as a daughter, he decides to take action in secret.
When he lands in a hospital Shaine is called in from a thousand miles away and she must take the lead in the last job of Lars’ storied career of death for hire.
Facing his own aging body, Lars struggles to take a back seat to the youngster he has trained in his image. They’ll face a local drug boss along with an old enemy as they work to fire the last bullet they’ll ever need to—before one finds them first.
Praise for the Lars and Shaine crime novels:
“The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a runaway train of violence and mayhem, packed full with a collection of one-of-a-kind characters all speeding toward an explosive and inevitable end. Beetner is a maestro with his action scenes, filling the novel with cinematic set pieces, but the real heart of his story is Lars, an aging hit man forced to confront his own morality as the world goes to hell around him. A great read.” —Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals and Criminal Element
“Eric Beetner is quickly becoming one of my favorite new crime writers, and The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is a perfect example of why. If you’re a fan of fast paced, well-written hardboiled crime fiction, you’re going to love this book. Beetner is the real deal, and I can only hope this is just the start of what we can expect from him in the future.” —John Rector, author of The Cold Kiss and Already Gone
“Told with heart, humor, and sizzling cinematic prose, Eric Beetner’s The Devil Doesn’t Want Me is crime fiction at its most entertaining and marks the arrival of a bold new talent.” —Peter Farris, author of Last Call for the Living
“This book is like if you took Lawrence Block’s famous hitman, Keller, and made him the lovechild of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino.” —Criminal Element
Beetner's brutal conclusion to his Lars and Shaine trilogy (after When the Devil Comes to Call) takes 50-year-old assassin Lars from his Hawaii hideaway to Montana, where he plans to kill Nikki Pagani, the mobster who mentored him. Lars figures killing Nikki will be a gift to his 18-year-old companion, Shaine, whom he left behind in Hawaii, since Nikki was responsible for her father's murder. Meanwhile, Nikki has found someone else to mentor: Michelle Isler, the nominal boss of her late husband's trucking business. When Lars's attempt to off Nikki goes awry, he wakes up in the hospital, where he's surprised to see Shaine and even more surprised to hear the doctor's dire diagnosis. Deadly Shaine and wounded Lars flee the hospital and never stop moving as they mete out rough justice to a variety of foes, including Michelle's thugs and crooked cops. This fast-paced, sometimes comic trip will appeal to fans of hardcore noir.