I Kill (Andre Warner, Manhunter – 2) by Lex Lander
WHEN SHE WAS TAKEN FROM HIM HE WENT AFTER HER AND SEALED HER FATE – HIS TOO
Racked by guilt over his accidental killing of a young Italian girl, contract killer André Warner has effectively retired himself from his ‘profession’ and taken to drink and other palliatives, while sinking slowly into a mire of depression.
A contract in Tangier to assassinate an Arab drug trafficker lures him out of retirement and self-pity. Soon after his arrival he encounters attractive American widow, Clair Power, and her precocious sixteen year-old daughter, Lizzy, who bears such a striking resemblance to the girl Warner killed that his waning anguish is instantly rekindled. He attempts to assuage it by embarking on a fling with Clair which brings him into conflict with a mysterious Dutchman named Rik de Bruin, who also appears to have designs on her.
The contract on the drug merchant is cancelled with no explanation given, but Warner, now seriously involved with Clair, is more relieved than disappointed. Their budding romance is not destined to blossom however. Clair disappears and Warner is landed with the role of de facto guardian to Lizzy.
In tracking down Clair, Warner crosses a line that brings him into conflict with the local police and he is deported from Tangier with a distraught Lizzy in tow. Back at his Andorra villa she slowly recovers from her mother’s disappearance and launches an assault on Warner’s good intentions. Her increasingly provocative behavior disturbs yet excites him, and when Rik de Bruin pitches up in Andorra and begins to take an interest in Lizzy too, Warner gets possessive the only way he knows.
Too late, alas, to save Lizzy from an unspeakable fate.
Andre Warner obsesses over the death of an innocent girl. He has retired from being an assassin and now finds himself full of alcohol, drugs and women. But a contract for an Arab drug trafficker in Tangier draws him back. While in Tangier, Andre meets an attractive American widow, Claire and her sixteen year old daughter, Lizzy. Andrea helps Claire out of a situation with the Dutchman named Rik de Bruin.
Andre becomes smitten with Claire when suddenly she is kidnapped. Andre manages to save Lizzy and is awarded guardianship of her but required to return home to Andorra. While at home Lizzy is kidnapped and Andre finds himself in the child pornography industry trying to save her.
This is a fast action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s rare to think of an assassin obsessing over the death of an innocent but it does make sense. Andre is beating himself up when he decides to take this last job.
I admit that I have not read the first book in this series but that did not draw away from this book. I understood what was happening. I really enjoyed this story and will be looking into reading the first book in the series, End as an Assassin.
I received I Kill from Authoright in exchange for an honest review.