Published May 2014
Hex has returned to Cheltenham and reinvented himself as a property developer. But going straight is tough. He misses the buzz. He also misses McCallen. So when McCallen comes to him with a private job, involving a trip to Berlin, Hex can’t resist. Soon he realises someone with deadly intent is out not just to get him but those closest to him. As crime bosses and intelligence officers are picked off one by one, McCallen disappears and Hex is forced to fall back on his old ways. Either Hex walks into the trap set for him, or McCallen dies.
A massive thanks to the lovely people at Cutting Edge Press for sending me a copy to review. This is the second outing for Hex, the delightful assassin for hire and anti-hero of ‘Wicked Game’. It follows on nicely from the events in book one.
Hex is living a quiet life as a landlord, away from London. He has rejected his old way of life. He is contacted by Inger McCallen, his MI5 love interest and finds himself thrown back into the life he left behind. He ends up in Berlin, with someone taking a shot at him. Someone is out to get him and it is all linked to Billy Squeeze. And McCallen goes missing.
I felt sorry for Hex trying to fit into a normal mundane life. Thankfully that didn’t last too long. I wanted him out on a mission and back in the assassin saddle. The poor bloke had to unblock a loo. That really is too much!
Hex has to contend with a glamorous woman, sex parties, bombs, bullets flying his way and both MI5 and gangsters on his back, piling on the pressure.
The story is fluent and engaging, with humour and a very endearing anti-hero. I loved every moment of it.