Thursday, March 1, 2018

Quarry #09 - The Wrong Quarry

There are two types of Quarry novels: The first is when hit-man Quarry is hired to kill someone and the second are the ones where Quarry tries to kill another hit-man to protect a client. “The Wrong Quarry”, the series' ninth entry, is one of the second variety and perhaps the best of that bunch. It was published as a Hard Case Crime novel in 2014, and is written by Max Allan Collins. We are utilizing a chronological reading order of these novels, thus our interpretation as "Quarry 09". Aside from the first novel, readers can enjoy the series in any order. 

Quarry finds himself in Missouri stalking a hit-man who, in turn, is stalking a gay dance instructor who is suspected of causing the disappearance of a teenage girl. All the humor and sex from other Quarry novels is present in this one, but there is also a compelling mystery involving the identity of the person wanting to kill the dance teacher and the whereabouts of the missing girl.

The characters in this one are vivid and realistic. The female leads are sexy as hell. The plot twists are unexpected and realistic. The scenes of violence are brutal and bloody. This is one of the best of the series and not to be missed.