Hit man or assassin novels

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  1. SLASH

    SLASH Registered User

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    Anyone know any good books with or about hit mans or assassins for hire ?
    Haven't come across any series or stand alones about this subject that were really good.
    I reckon somebody would have covered this by now :)

    So any tips are welcome !
    Thanx in advance
     
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  2. Williamlk

    Williamlk William L.K.

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    The Day of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
     
  3. Sam Allardyce

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    The Day of the Jackal is a classic. Definitely read that.

    Another good one is The English Assassin, part of the Gabriel Allon series of books by Daniel Silva.
     
  4. Randy M.

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    I haven't read it, but Hit Man by Lawrence Block might fit what you're looking for.

    And there's always James Bond, with his license to kill.


    Randy M.
     
  5. Chuffalump

    Chuffalump A chuffing heffalump

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    A lot by Trevanian:

    The Eiger Sanction, The Loo Sanction, Shibumi.......
     
  6. Kanos

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    Barry Eislers Rain series is somewhat enjoyable in the assassin department.
     
  7. SLASH

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    Thanx for the tips people !
     
  8. The Lord of all Things Inane

    The Lord of all Things Inane 1CoolNerd

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    The series by Lawrence Block is great. Keller is a great character. Andrew Vachss writes some great stuff.
    CDN
     
  9. SLASH

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    Didn't he write some comic stuff for Batman ?
     
  10. The Lord of all Things Inane

    The Lord of all Things Inane 1CoolNerd

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    Actually, he did do one that I know of! His Batman is pretty hard core. It was a novel though, I have not seen the comics. His book is called....The Dark Knight? I may be wrong.
    CDN
     
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    Two books by David Morrell, Brotherhood of the Rose and Fraternity of the Stone, are good shadowy-organization assassin books. I think he's also written several others in this genre, but I can't recall them right now.
     
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    Those two books are good, I second the nomination. Morrell really tries to do right. They are good reads. Also, James Byron Huggins, his stuff is always about nasty killers, secret religious orders who kill, super assassins, and genetic monkey business.
    CDN
     
  13. Pansy Burke

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    Andrew Vachss never wrote a comic in his life


    Andrew Vachss has written more than two dozen books--primarily hardboiled crime-fiction novels. He did write a Batman novel--The Ultimate Evil--and it was adapted to comics. Plus he's had numerous short stories adapted to comics, in Dark Horse's HARD LOOKS series, their CROSS series, and PREDATOR: RACE WAR. Vachss also wrote a children's book for adults, ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT, which included illustrations by artists best known for their comics work. And, just last week, Dark Horse released HEART TRANSPLANT, with a story that was developed in prose and art by Vachss and Frank Caruso--but it's not a graphic novel. Don't be looking for any word balloons. Check Vachss' website for more info.
     
  14. SLASH

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    I ordered the John Rain books by Barry Eisler.
    Anyone here read the whole series ?, it got some pretty good reviews.
     
  15. DurzoBlint

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    I read the first 2-3 a while ago. I liked the characters but after a while it got rather formulaic. I think the only reason I quit the series is that I read all he had in the series at the time and never went back for the new books as they came out.

    Character is pretty good and the action/thriller portions are well done.
     
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    Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

    Solo by Jack Higgins

    Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsythe
     
  17. Jop

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    You could try the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn - American political thrillers featuring an American assassin (often reflecting the Fox Newsnet line of political thought, or so it seemed to me, lol). Still a fast read, though.

    Another option is reading the John Clarke books (Without Remorse, et al) by Tom Clancy - action packed thrillers, later ones tie in with other books written by Clancy.
     
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    The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum.
     
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    A few months ago I went through some boxes of books my father had given me before he passed. Inside one was the complete Matt Helm series written by Donald Hamilton. These 27 books were written between 1960 and 1993. During ww2 , Matt worked for a secret organization sometimes called "the wrecking crew" . Their job was to kill nazi officers. As Matt said when he was recuited, "You mean , go over and stalk them in their native habitat , sir?" These are really good books with lots of action and plain old good writing. Like a lot of people I never read them before because of those stupid , silly Dean Martin movies. The only thing they have in common is the name , Matt Helm and that he uses photography as a cover. Matt is Jack Bauer on steroids.
     
  20. PeteMC

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    Day of the Jackal is a must.
    Some of Eric Van Lustbader's stuff fits the bill.
    If you do graphic novels, Crying Freeman is excellent.