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Someone to kill
Corriher, Kurt.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2002]

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496 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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The man who called himself Mr. Greene was purposeful, deliberate, and very, very cold. He had no difficulty getting into the newspaper's garage and putting the device into the gray Honda belonging to investigative reporter Judith Lyles. Then it was just a matter of following her onto the highway and waiting for the right moment to trigger the explosion.

After returning from Vietnam a decorated hero, John Pavlak had become a college athletic director rather than joining his wealthy father's business. He was determined to be his own man. Although he and Judith had separated and planned to divorce, John is stunned by Judith's death and devastated when it turns out their four-year-old daughter died with her. He's not the sort or man to wait for the police to bring him answers, especially since he is a suspect himself.

Assuming Judith's murder was related to her job, John finds she was working on a story about Germany and lingering Cold War secrets. One step ahead of the police, he flees to Berlin, determined to find out why his family was killed and, if possible, exact vengeance. The trail will lead him from Germany to the Greek isles and then, disturbingly, back home to North Carolina. The pace is unflagging, and readers will race right behind John Pavlak to the shocking conclusion of his quest.

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Booklist Review

When John Pavlak's wife and child are killed in a car bombing, Pavlak decides he doesn't want to wait for the authorities to solve the crime. Looking for clues, he tries to contact his wife's closest friend, a German woman who, it turns out, has also been killed. Sidestepping the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, Pavlak heads off to Berlin, where he enlists the aid of the dead woman's sister, Karin, in tracking down the people responsible for tearing apart two families. In his first novel, Corriher takes something of a risk by making his lead character, Pavlak, a fairly unsympathetic fellow--short-tempered, rude, angry. We're not sure whether we like him, although we do admire his resourcefulness in evading several separate groups of pursuers. This is a gutsy, globe-trotting thriller about the distinction between justice and revenge; in the end, despite his disagreeable nature, we wind up rooting for our hero to evade the bad guys, solve the crime, and make his wife's killers pay. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

The repercussions of long-suppressed high-level government Cold War chicanery drive this virtually seamless debut action thriller. When Judith Lyles, a fearless young investigative journalist embroiled in divorce and child-custody proceedings, is assassinated by a radio-detonated car bomb, her four-year-old daughter is also a casualty of the cold-blooded plot. Lyles's husband, John Pavlak, a Vietnam hero and the athletic director at a nearby college in North Carolina, is on the FBI suspect list, which includes an outlaw biker gang and other targets of Lyles's journalistic probes. When Pavlak phones Judith's close friend Brigitte in Berlin to give her the sad news, Brigitte's sister Karin answers and tells him that Brigitte was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run. Curious about the unusual rash of recent calls from his wife to Brigitte, Pavlak eludes FBI surveillance and flies to Berlin, looking for answers and revenge. Pavlak's father a former WWII German POW who became a forklift manufacturer holds secrets of a Cold War fiasco that could shake the foundation of the already tainted, bureaucratic FBI. Aided by Karin, Pavlak is pursued by the CIA as well as by other nameless forces obviously intent on stopping him at all costs. The trail leads across Europe to the Greek isles, where Pavlak is inexplicably rescued by anonymous mercenaries. With more twists than an English maze, the trail leads back to North Carolina, where Pavlak and Karin find answers in an astonishing and satisfying denouement. Agent, Mildred Marmur. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved