Michael Hendricks is not a good man.
He doesn't deserve a good life.
But he is very good at his job.
He's the killing kind.
He doesn't accept contract kills. He doesn't work for any criminal organisation. And he never kills civilians. He only hits hitters.
He's not the kind of guy you call if you want to pop somebody who's pissed you off or done you wrong.
He's not a guy you call at all - he calls you.
And when he does, you'd be advised to take his call. Because it means that someone wants you dead, and time is running out to save your life.
It's not a bad way to make a living, but it's a great way to make enemies.
And now both the FBI and the mafia have Hendricks in their sights, he's about to learn just how good he really is...
Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2011. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blended fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty year's best lists. He lives in Portland, Maine.