Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts

Book - 1994
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A shot rings out, the woman dies instantly. But she was not alone on the steps of the London hotel. A number of other people could also have been the intended target of the invisible sniper.

But the assassin, Michael Weston, knows he has carried out his assignment successfully. One mistake was enough, a long time ago, when a young American girl had accidentally received the fatal bullet. After all those years, the father of the dead girl still had a private eye named Hoffer on a permanent retainer to track him down. Every time Weston completed a job, he knew Hoffer would not be far behind.

But why had the police been on the scene so quickly? Weston has to find out ? even if it means coming face to face with Hoffer . . .

Publisher: London : Orion, c1994
ISBN: 9780752843322
Branch Call Number: FIC Ranki
Characteristics: 404 p
Additional Contributors: Harvey, Jack


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Feb 22, 2015

An Ian Rankin mantra atypical story line, where the focus is on the antagonist, an assassin who is a hemophiliac, that is cast to he reader in a somewhat protagonist light. Rankin mixes the assassin's goal of retribution against those who he feels has set-him-up for capture. Supposedly this is a cult who used him to terminate a female reporter who reportedly is an adversary of the cult. The tale weaves into a pursuit and involvement of the assassin by a New York PI, CIA, US and government NSC. Also the storyline has questionable support characters for the assassin whose overall skills and just-in -the-nick-of-time rescues assist in his precarious situations. Finally the tale stretches it's imagination to a questionable and highly dramatic surprise ending.

Sep 12, 2012

Not one of my favorite Rankin books but I must admit the ending had a pretty good twist

Jun 20, 2012

Rankin before Rebus -you might say. - Not bad for an early novel, but he got immensely better in later years. -This is a re-issue under his real name .

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