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Whistler's angel
Maxim, John R.
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New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, [2001]

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355 pages ; 25 cm
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Adam Whistler has spent his entire life within the shadowy region populated by government operatives and contract killers - first those employed by his father, and then in the service of his own country under the sinister Felix Aubrey. At the age of 34, he has put that life behind him and to ensure he will walk away unharmed, he has taken as security Aubrey's ledger containing a list of prominent people who received money from illegal search-and-seizures.Adam is unaware that the ledger he took contains a secret far more explosive than the theft of drug money. And certain people will stop at nothing to silence him forever."Maxim is a pro." Denver Post

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Except for himself and even he doesn't seem all that certain no one knows exactly how many people Adam Whistler has killed. Now, however, at age 34, Whistler, the star of Maxim's slick, darkly comic bad guy vs. bad guy crime drama, is tiring of all the contract hits. Besides, he thinks a lot of his victims are being killed so his employer, an obscure arm of the U.S. government, can seize their homes, boats, cars, etc. all under asset forfeiture laws meant for drug dealers. But it's not so easy to simply walk away from such jobs. Whistler's boss, Felix Aubry, isn't keen on having his operatives wandering around loose once they've gotten in so deep. Whistler leaves the business nonetheless, cruising the world in a boat with his beautiful girlfriend, Claudia, but he is uneasy with his new life. Claudia, however, has recently come through a near-death experience and seems to possess a sixth sense for danger: she assures Whistler that she's his guardian angel. In fact, she does save his life several times throughout their travels, yet when the pair sail from Antigua and dock in Hilton Head, the attacks get more serious, and Whistler has to fall back on his old killing ways. The extended finale, involving several players from the author's past books, is an expertly choreographed death dance showcasing Maxim's storytelling strengths: farce, blisteringly paced action and memorably peculiar characters. (Mar.) Forecast: Maxim (Mosaic; the Bannerman series), who's been writing top-grade thrillers for more than two decades, continues to be one of the form's best-kept secrets. He's in fine shape here, and word-of-mouth should attract more of the loyal readers he deserves. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved