This is the second book of Dee’s that I have read, and it’s a corker (the first is reviewed here).
As with the previous work, the world building is excellent and the writing very competent – in style, as well as content; the grittiness of both the prose and the planet Fallop’s atmosphere work especially well together. My previous issue with two-dimensional characterisation has disappeared; the protagonists come across as both nuanced and very human.
This twisty-turny SF noir, with plenty of gumshoe and gangster tips of the hat neatly inserted, has great pace, and I read it in a single sitting. Cool cover, too.
With plenty of scope for Dee to expand on the characters and worlds featured, I hope there’s a sequel.
Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day.
Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.
Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.
To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.
Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?
I do not get paid for blog tours or giving my opinion, and this is my honest review.