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CRRL Picks: Whack Jobs

Collision
Collision By Abbott, Jeff (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Abb Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of two men living very different lives...thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, the two men realize that they’ve been framed in an elaborate setup.

Beat the Reaper
Beat the Reaper A Novel By Bazell, Josh (Book - 2009 ) FICTION Baz Available in some locations

Annotation:Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital..., Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwna is a hitman for the mob...Eddy Squillante is Dr. Brown's new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might-just might-be the same person ...

Hit Man
Hit Man By Block, Lawrence (Book - 1998 ) FICTION Blo Available in some locations

Annotation:Keller...suffers from loneliness, deeply conflicted memories of childhood, and an inchoate longing for things he can't even identify...He falls into and out of a series of doomed relationships. He adopts a dog and dotes on it, neurotically. He tries psychotherapy. Keller is a modern urban Everyman – except that he makes his living as a contract killer.

Once Were Cops
Once Were Cops By Bruen, Ken (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Bru Available in some locations

Annotation:A psychotic Irish cop, Matthew Patrick O'Shea...blackmails his way into a green card and a police exchange program that takes him from Galway to New York City for a one-year stint with the NYPD.

Florida Roadkill
Florida Roadkill A Novel By Dorsey, Tim (Book - 1999 ) FICTION Dor Available in some locations

Annotation:Lots of people are after a suitcase full of money that got dropped in the wrong car: two bad guys, one obsessed with Florida history...and another with cocaine; one lady, who’s also a killer; and the good-guy lawyer.

Pest Control
Pest Control An Assassin Bug Thriller By Fitzhugh, Bill (Book - 2011 ) FICTION Fit Available in some locations

Annotation:Bob Dillon starts his own business using his environmentally friendly technique: hybrid killer insects that eat cockroaches...Marcel, a broker who contracts for assassins, is looking for a reliable newcomer to complete a million-dollar hit. He advertises and Bob responds, neither understanding the nature of the other's "exterminating" business.

The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Talented Mr. Ripley By Highsmith, Patricia (Book - 2008 ) FICTION Hig Available in some locations

Annotation:An unforgettable introduction to this debonair confidence man, whose talent for self-invention and calculated murder is chronicled in four subsequent novels.

Caught Stealing
Caught Stealing By Huston, Charlie (Book - 2004 ) FICTION Hus All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:It isn’t until two Russians in tracksuits drag Hank over the bar at the joint where he works and beat him to a pulp that he starts to get the idea: Someone wants something from him. He just doesn’t know what it is, where it is, or how to make them understand he doesn’t have it.

The Gun Seller
The Gun Seller By Laurie, Hugh (Book - 1996 ) FICTION Lau All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:when Thomas Lang is offered a contract to murder a wealthy businessman he politely declines. He goes to warn the target, is attacked by a tough already on the premises and defends himself.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Darkly Dreaming Dexter A Novel By Lindsay, Jeffry P. (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Lin Available in some locations

Annotation:Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but...(h)e’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people.

The Ethical Assassin
The Ethical Assassin A Novel By Liss, David (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Lis Available in some locations

Annotation:Lem Altick, a 17-year-old door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, witnesses the murder of two potential customers in a mobile home. Fearing he'll be fingered for the crime – or worse, that he's next – Lem establishes a wary relationship with the likable killer.

Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts A Novel By Rankin, Ian (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Ran Available in some locations

Annotation:Meet...Michael Weston, a highly paid assassin whose specialty is the long-distance shot, always through the heart. He's dubbed the "Demolition Man" because he always sets off a diversionary explosion nearby.

Bad Monkeys
Bad Monkeys By Ruff, Matt (Book - 2007 ) FICTION Ruf Available in some locations

Annotation:(A)lmost everyone is a bad monkey of some kind, but only Jane Charlotte is a self-confessed member of "The Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons." Or is she?

The Dangerous Husband
The Dangerous Husband A Novel By Shapiro, Jane (Book - 1999 ) FICTION Sha Available in some locations

Annotation:He is perfect for her - charming and sexy and awkward and sweet. They are forty; it is time for them to marry and shelter each other. When the honeymoon ends, as honeymoons always do, real life begins, with its surprises.

The Kill Artist
The Kill Artist A Novel By Silva, Daniel (Book - 2000 ) FICTION Sil All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Art restorer Gabriel Allon, whose family was killed by Palestinian assassin, Tariq al-Hourani, is brought back to the Israeli spy network by master spy Ari Shamron, in order to thwart Tariq, who is devising a plan to kill Israel's Prime Minister.

Perfume
Perfume The Story of A Murderer By Süskind, Patrick (Book - 2006 ) FICTION Sus Available in some locations

Annotation:A terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.

The Killer Inside Me
The Killer Inside Me By Thompson, Jim (Book - 1991 ) FICTION Tho Available in some locations

Annotation:The worst thing most people can say against (Sheriff Lou Ford) is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness – the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again.

Recycling Jimmy
Recycling Jimmy A Novel By Tilley, Andy (Book - 2007 ) FICTION Til Available in some locations

Annotation:After a bungled...suicide attempt and a subsequent hospital stay, Jimmy's life is set on a course he could never have imagined with his new best pal, fellow resident and practical joker Kevin. Together the two form a business to assist the suicidal who, like Jimmy, couldn't quite pull off dying the first time.

Death & Life of Bobby Z
Death & Life of Bobby Z Movie-tie-in By Winslow, Don (Book - 2012 ) 813.0000 On order Availability details

Annotation:Nobody has actually seen the legendary Laguna Beach surfer-turned-drug dealer Bobby Zacharias for years, so a nasty federal agent thinks he has a chance of passing off a lookalike in a hostage switch with a Mexican drug lord.

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Is it possible to LIKE a sociopathic serial killer? Want to be friends with a hired assassin? Have an itty bitty crush on a hit-man-for-hire? Just what IS it that makes some very, very bad boys so appealing?


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