Fans of Collins (Road to Perdition ) will be delighted to find him resurrecting Quarry, the ruthless hit-man he put to rest years ago, after six Quarry novels and a small handful of short stories. Now living and relaxing in the Minnesota woods, Quarry is lured out of retirement by a Chicago media magnate who wants a seemingly harmless young librarian dead. But when he winds up falling for his target, one Janet Wright, Quarry begins second-guessing his assignment and experiences an uncharacteristic change of heart that almost gets him killed. Stemming from Collins's screenplay for the award-winning short film A Matter of Principal, this novel covers a lot of ground in a small space\x97a credit to the distinct, wry voice Collins has given Quarry, who doesn't waste anything, least of all words: ""Louis cracked open the door and peered out and said, 'What is it?' and I shot him in the eye."" Compact enough to be read in a couple of sittings but bristling with suspense and sexuality, this book is a welcome addition to the Hard Crime Case library and, if there's any justice, will spark sales of Collins's back-catalogue titles.(Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/31/2006 Release date: 08/01/2006 Genre: Fiction
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