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Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blended fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty year's best lists. He lives in Portland, Maine.
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A second Michael Hendricks adventure, following on from THE KILLING KIND, which introduced the hitman who only kills other hitmen, a fascinating character with his own morality and murderous modus operandi. His battle with the Council, a shadowy set of individuals who control all the organised crime in America, continues, after a viral video of a seemingly terrorist attack on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco reveals that a well-known federal witness presumed dead might still be alive. Alongside Charlie Thompson, a junior female FBI officer, with a strong interest in his activities, Michael, now involuntarily saddled with a teenage assistant who is also a valuable if pig-headed computer wizz, is recruited to hunt down the elusive gangster turned informant. Fast-paced, full of twists that ingeniously come together for a thunderous finale, this is commercial thriller writing at its best and grand entertainment. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A thriller in overdrive and a guilty pleasure as its pace never falters and keeps you hooked from page to page, THE KILLING KIND features an uncommon hero: a hitman! But Michael Hendricks is a hitman who only kills other hitmen and follows his own rigid sense of values. Pursued by both the FBI and the Mafia as a result, he negotiates a sticky path between invisibility and lethal war machine, all the while attempting to protect the loved ones he once knew as he is now pursued by an equally savage and professional killer: only one hitman can rule the roost! Violent, slick and hardboiled to the max, this almost begs to be turned into a movie and proves a major step forward by the author of the wonderfully quirky Collector series which blended pulp and fantasy and has become an underground hit. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Dustere Helden, knallharte Action, gnadenloses Tempo: ein actiongeladener Thriller um einen Bombenanschlag auf die Golden Gate BridgeJetzt das eBook Einfhrungsangebot sichern!Auftragskiller Michael Hendricks hat den Tod seines Partners Lester weder verziehen noch vergessen. Leider hat er ohne den Technik-Freak keine Chance, die Mitglieder von "e;The Council"e; zu enttarnen, jenes weltweit agierenden Verbrechersyndikats, das seinen und Lesters Tod in Auftrag gegeben hatte. Doch der Zufall meint es gut mit Hendricks: Frank Segreti, ein tot geglaubter Kronzeuge gegen "e;The Council"e;, erweist sich als hchst lebendig. Dummerweise haben davon auch das FBI und natrlich die Killer des Syndikats Wind bekommen ... Ein Thriller wie ein Hollywood-Blockbuster!
Two books, one anthology.The grift. The scam. The double-cross. Blackmail and burglary; murder and larceny. Blood Business tracks the underbelly of human nature as it drags itself through the muck of our lesser angels in twenty-seven crime stories set in this world... and beyond.
NOMINATED FOR THE 2017 ANTHONY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL When the good guys can't save you, call a bad guy. A family's holiday video goes viral when it captures the moment of a terrorist attack...In the background, it reveals a witness long thought dead. The organisation the man agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to silence him, but Special Agent Charlie Thompson won't let that happen. Charlie turns to Michael Hendricks. He has history with those threatening the witness's life and getting involved will lead him right to them. All he has to do is enter an active crime scene and find someone with good reason to hide. With his skills, he figures it'll be easy. But nothing about this story is what it seems... Praise for THE KILLING KIND 'Roaring tough guy fun' The Sunday Times 'A one-sitting, extravagant, mind-blowing reading pleasure' David Baldacci 'Pure joy' New York Times Book Review
Hitman with a heart of gold Michael Hendricks is back in this digital-exclusive short story. When a strip-club mogul puts out a hit on a dancer who won't give him off-the-clock attention, Hendricks takes a detour to Las Vegas to stop the job in its tracks. With tech genius Lester in his ear and a fake identity as cover, Hendricks has only one problem: he has no idea what the target looks like. Against the scorching heat of the city's desert outskirts, a case of mistaken identity nearly turns fatal, but our principled hitman has a few tricks of his own up his sleeve.
Michael Hendricks ist ein Auftragskiller der ganz besonderen Art: Er totet ausschlielich andere Auftragskiller. Er wei, wen das organisierte Verbrechen als Nachsten aus dem Weg raumen will. Er wei, wie und wo man das rauskriegt. Sein Geschaftsmodell: Er sucht das Opfer auf, sagt ihm gnadenlos die Wahrheit - und macht ein Angebot, das man nicht ausschlagen kann: Zahl mir zehnmal so viel wie dem Killer, der auf dich angesetzt ist, und ich blas dem Kerl das Lebenslicht aus. Bisher hat er noch nie danebengeschossen, vierzig Mal todliche Prazision. Doch dann steht er plotzlich selbst auf der Abschussliste eines Auftragskillers ...
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A thriller in overdrive and a guilty pleasure as its pace never falters and keeps you hooked from page to page, THE KILLING KIND features an uncommon hero: a hitman! But Michael Hendricks is a hitman who only kills other hitmen and follows his own rigid sense of values. Pursued by both the FBI and the Mafia as a result, he negotiates a sticky path between invisibility and lethal war machine, all the while attempting to protect the loved ones he once knew as he is now pursued by an equally savage and professional killer: only one hitman can rule the roost! Violent, slick and hardboiled to the max, this almost begs to be turned into a movie and proves a major step forward by the author of the wonderfully quirky Collector series which blended pulp and fantasy and has become an underground hit. ~ Maxim Jakubowski