Over the weekend, I was excited to get my hands the new Quarry book “The Wrong Quarry” by author Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). His long-running series is about a former US Marine sniper Quarry (no need to know his real name) turned professional hitman. Quarry offers clients that are marked-for-death a unique service, dependent on the fee paid, he gets rid of the hit team after the clients and investigates who hired the hit.
In “The Wrong Quarry”, Quarry is a week into his surveillance of following a hitman on a job that leads him to a small town of Stockwell, Missouri. Through his investigation, he finds out that a local dance instructor Mr. Roger Vale is marked-for-death. Vale explains to Quarry that he is linked to the disappearance of popular high school cheerleader Candy Stockwell, but he was cleared by the police of any wrongdoing. He also tells Candy is related to the Stockwells, the family that runs the town with influence and money and he was disliked by the family. As Quarry digs deeper and deeper, he learns of a Mafia connection and a larger FBI investigation of murdered young girls. Twists and turns abound as hitman Quarry is on the case.
Pulp fiction fans won’t be able to put their hands down on this new Quarry novel as it revolves around gritty action, hard-boiled violence and hot sex. Max Allan Collins gets somewhat in-depth on how a hit-team does the job with observation and fact-finding work before the actual hit is done. Now I don’t have to Google it. Along with the dark violence, Max Allan Collins gives Quarry a dose of humor with funny things he notices about women and small towns, and wicked one-liners. So grab a Manhattan or an Old-Fashioned on the rocks ‘cuz you will need a drink after you are done with this book.
Paperback: The Wrong Quarry
Author: Max Allan Collins
Publisher: Titan Books
Available: January 10, 2014
For Mature Readers