Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This noir mystery is the third of Zeltserman's "felon out of prison" trilogy. Originally published in the UK, it was released in paperback here this year.
Despite public outrage, mob hitman, Leonard March, is released from prison after servicing fourteen years, having cut a deal and ratting out mafia boss Salvatore Lombard. While in prison, his wife passed away and his three children want nothing to do with him.
Convinced that he'll be targeted by Lombard's crew, March returns to Waltham, Massachusetts, to face whatever is coming. Working as a janitor while being hounded by the media, he's befriended by Sophie Duval, a young woman interested in his story and everything begins to heat up.
KILLER is written with two concurrent story lines; March's past and present. Since it was already clear that he was a hitman and had murdered 28 people, you could almost skip over the "past" sections unless you want the gory details. The chapters of the past just felt like filler the author used to turn what actually is a great short story into a very pricey and slim paperback.