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For the Dogs

(2004)
(The Hunter's Prayer)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
In this slim, fast-paced page-turner, Wignall returns to one of the themes of his well-received first novel, People Die-the sympathetic hit man who has, if not exactly a conscience, extended internal considerations of the moral implications of his trade. Stephen Lucas, a recently retired, emotionally stunted hit man, emerges from his Swiss hideaway as a favor to old friend Londoner Mark Hatto, who hires Lucas to surreptitiously guard his daughter, bright, extroverted Ella, while she's vacationing in Italy with her boyfriend. After Ella's entire family is murdered, Lucas foils several serious attempts on Ella's life, and the two of them form an odd, almost familial relationship. The boyfriend soon drops out of the picture as the hit man reluctantly helps Ella exact revenge on those who killed her family. There's plenty of action, but it's the twisting, turning, complicated relationship between Ella and Lucas that forms the core of this compelling novel. Most popular genre writers allow and even encourage the category elements-action, adventure, suspense-to subsume the literary ones, but Wignall concentrates instead on the questions of character and motivation that make for a deeper reading experience. The names le Carre, Simenon and recent British mystery author Mark Billingham come to mind, making this a blend of old and new masters wrapped up in an original, finely hewn effort. Agent, Deborah Schneider. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
In a chilling tale of revenge, second-novelist Wignall's second (after People Die, 2002) follows a young Englishwoman deeper and deeper into the pit as she seeks to avenge her family's murder. Sometimes fate makes you grow up very quickly: Ella Hatto, for example, was transformed overnight from a carefree university student on holiday with her boyfriend into an orphan with a price on her head. While Ella was backpacking through Italy, someone broke into her family's home in England and killed her father, mother, and brother-and, at almost precisely the same moment, two gunmen came out of a crowd and nearly shot Ella herself. She was saved by a mysterious hit-man named Lucas, who had been secretly hired by Ella's father to guard her. Lucas manages to get Ella safely back to England, where she discovers (in her next great shock) that she is now an immensely rich woman, having inherited a vast fortune that her father had made through drugs, armaments, and money-laundering. Reluctant to cooperate too fully with the police for fear of revealing the source of her father's income, Ella turns to Lucas for help in finding out who killed her family. Following a scent that leads from London to Budapest to the Caribbean, she delves into a strange new world of contract killers, offshore banks, and false identities as she becomes more and more consumed with a lust for revenge. Young, emotional, and headstrong, Ella has no patience for the (surprisingly strict) code of conduct that prevails in this underworld, and it's only a matter of time before she steps over the line. What was it that St. Paul said about the wages of sin? Sharp, bleak, and compelling: Wignall's world is darker than anything imaginedin Hammett or Chandler.

Genre: Mystery

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Title: For the Dogs: A Novel
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