by Kelley Armstrong
‘Nadia Stafford’ series Book #1
Popular fantasy author Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series) makes her first foray into crime fiction, with the debut of a series of non-paranormal novels featuring female assassin Nadia Stafford.
Nadia Stafford is one of the world’s few female contract killers. A former cop, drummed out of the force because of a scandal, she is an expert at disguise and cool under pressure. But when fellow hitman Jack arrives on the scene, Nadia’s very private existence is seriously challenged.
A series of victims are being murdered seemingly at random all over the country – different areas, different walks of life, different MOs. There is nothing to tie them together except a randome page torn out of a single book: Helter Skelter. But does the Helter Skelter killer – as the hysterical media now dub him – have a real connection to Charles Manson? Or is there something even more sinister at work?
Is this, in fact – as Jack believes – the carefully planned exit strategy of a fellow professional killer, determined to leave the life, but equally determined to clear up an old mistake? And, if so, which is the real victim?
Now, the highly suspicious and secretive hitman community will have to break their cover – at least, to each other – and help take down this killer before the cops and the Feds discover his true connection to their own secret, exclusive society…
Review: I finished this book on Sunday night, July 15th, 2007. This is what could be the first in a series … and I loved it!
Nadia is a character all in herself. Her thoughts, her feelings, everything she sees – as the reader, you see. The way Armstrong incorporated Nadia’s past into the novel was excellent. Not all right at the beginning, and you keep flipping pages, not only to see what happens next, but to find out more about Nadia and understand why she is the way she is.
Jack – there’s a man I’d like to get to know. And I have a feeling that Nadia will somehow figure out how to ask him – and he’ll answer. Not much of a talker, face and eyes never tell the tale of how he’s feeling or what he’s thinking. Complex, and I hope we learn a lot more about it as the series goes on.
I don’t want to go greatly into detail – don’t want to ruin it for those who plan to read this novel. There are other characters in the book as well – a few to leave you confused – and I think I may know why, but at this time, all I can do is speculate.
Just enough kissing to keep you looking for more. Enough action and details of everything that keep the book glued to your fingers. Had a super-huge time trying to put his one down. A definite recommendation!