CRRL Picks: Whack Jobs

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?

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

The Dangerous Husband
The Dangerous Husband A Novel By Shapiro, Jane Book - 1999 FICTION Sha All copies in use Availability details

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Gun Seller
The Gun Seller By Laurie, Hugh Book - 1996 FICTION Lau Available in some locations

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.

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.

The Kill Artist
The Kill Artist A Novel By Silva, Daniel Book - 2000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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