When a mysterious someone puts an absurd bounty (millions of dollars) on the heads of each of the world’s top fifty assassins, most of them quickly and gleefully turn on one another, each thinking he or she is the baddest of the bunch, will be the last man standing, is in line for a monster payday. A few run for the hills. A few more completely fall to pieces. One man and one man alone, FELIX ARMACOST (a hitman whom has recently sworn off killing after a self-described “religious experience”), refuses to be a victim, refuses to be a pawn in some lunatic’s twisted game.
Rather than hunting his colleagues/rivals, Felix becomes determined to find the someone(s) whom offered up the bounty, whom set this wicked game in motion. That’s easier said than done, however, as dozens of the worlds most clever and vicious killers are hunting him day and night.
This book should be pretty over the top and gruesome, like some of Garth Ennis’ best/most crazy work. It should feel like Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and set its hair on fire. I want to see outrageous, grisly deaths. You don’t just quietly walk up behind one of these guys and shoot them with a silenced pistol. Not one of these bad mofos will go down without a tooth-and-nail fight.
I’m taking a lot of inspiration here from the work of Elmore Leonard. He wrote plenty of loud, irreverent characters, but they were always three-dimensional. You always understood where they were coming from. He made you care about thieves and killers and that’s not an easy thing to do. The guiding principal here is this… no one – not even a contract killer – thinks they are a bad person. Shit, even Hitler convinced himself he was saving the world (= lunatic). Human beings are able to rationalize almost anything. It will be very interesting to see how each of these men and women came to kill people for a living and how they have or haven’t ultimately come to terms with it.
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