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"The tense, darkly funny, unputdownable debut novel from one of the most successful screenwriters of the past 20 years--the tale of a hit man mistaken for a hero whose sudden, unwanted fame makes him a target for the surprising number of people who want him dead"--
Roy Cooper is the stoic "errand runner" for various New York criminals. He arrives in Los Angeles to shoot a man named Martin Shine a week after a powerful earthquake has knocked out cell service, buckled the freeways, and thrown L.A. into chaos. He does his job but, after the hit, Roy can't find where he parked his car. When he stumbles into the mugging and killing of a controversial mayoral candidate-- and a video of his actions goes viral-- Roy himself is mistaken for a hero.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2016]
Description: 337 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385350037
Branch Call Number: Fran


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Apr 14, 2017

I agree with ralwal.

Jan 23, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. a change of pace from most crime fiction. I would like to see more of the Kelly charactor in all her disfunctional glory. Maybe the reader will see her get herself together, maybe not. Over all well written. I will read his next story.

Jun 18, 2016

The first part about Roy Cooper was different and interesting. Then there was a switch where the story revolved around a bunch of young thugs, speaking "their language", which I found hard to understand. What's more I didn't care. The woman detective Kelly seems thoroughly unpleasant. In summary, I found this book completely unpleasant with unlike able characters..

May 27, 2016

Good first novel-lots of bad guys and angry cops. The ending hints there may be a sequel.

Mar 13, 2016

Roy Cooper prefers to remain under the radar -- after all, he's a hit man, best utilized when no one knows he's coming. In L.A. for a job, Roy comes to the rescue of a jogger being terrorized by a group of street thugs, but he isn't able to prevent the man's murder -- or the video of the scene going viral when it becomes clear that the victim was a candidate for mayor. Roy's hero treatment doesn't please everyone though, including his employers, a suspicious cop, and a figure from Roy's past. Dark, violent, and with vivid characterization, this debut from screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty) also offers a complex plot and cutting social commentary.

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