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Killers Choice Marine turned novelist Jack Dana is back in Louis Begley's most intense suspenseful and deadly adventure yet With the death of his nemesis corrupt business mogul Abner Brown retired Marine Jack Dana thought he could finally return to his peaceful career as a novelist And after falling hard for Heidi Krohn the glamorous high powered lawyer who helped avenge his best friend's death Jack is beginning to dream of starting a family of his own But dark forces intervene to upend Jack's comfortable new life When two of his Uncle Harry's closest friends are brutally murdered in their own home Jack swears he will get to the bottom of what could have prompted such a vicious attack The answers he begins to uncover are shocking A career criminal long hidden in the shadows of Abner Brown's organization has gone rogue after his benefactor's death and has made it his mission to get even with the man who ruined Abner Jack Dana With the help of his old friends in the CIA Jack scrambles to bring down this terrifying new threat and when Heidi and her family are kidnapped Jack is forced to make the most painful choice of all In Killer's Choice master stylist Louis Begley returns to Jack's Upper East Side millieu in full force reprising familiar characters and introducing memorable new faces and concluding Jack's chilling saga with his most violent crescendo to date

  • ebook
  • Killers Choice
  • Louis Begley
  • 12 December 2014
  • 9780385544955

About the Author: Louis Begley

Louis Begley is an American novelist Begley was born Ludwik Begleiter in Stryi at the time part of Poland and now in Ukraine as the only child of a physician He is a survivor of the Holocaust due to the multiple purchases of Aryan papers by his mother and constant evasion of the Nazis They survived by pretending to be Polish Catholic The family left Poland in the fall of 1946 and settled in N



6 thoughts on “Killers Choice

  1. Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller says:

    Louis Begley’s KILLER’S CHOICE marks the third appearance of Captain Jack Dana a retired Marine infantry officer turned novelist whose James Bond like lifestyle makes for interesting albeit incredulous suspense novels After 911 Jack enlisted in the Marines and trained at one of its prestigious combat schools While serving in Afghanistan he was seriously wounded by a Taliban sniper Recovering from surgery he began writing a novel about the wars in Ira and Afghanistan The book turned out to be a huge success and between royalties the sale of movie rights and other financial rewards Jack became a wealthy man and a professional writer He also has the talent of a trained killer which fortunately he uses only in an honorable wayReaders learn this information in KILLER COME HITHER In this first installment of the trilogy Jack investigated the death of his Uncle Harry a Wall Street attorney who authorities believe committed suicide Jack’s investigation exposes not only that Harry was murdered but that his death was the work of a right wing multibillionaire Abner Brown and the organization he led While Jack obtains some measure of justice for Harry’s murder it is not until the second volume KILL AND BE KILLED that justice is truly served But Brown’s demise comes at a personal cost to Jack Once again someone close to him is murderedIn these first two novels Jack is a complex and complicated character While easily acclimated to the elegant life of Manhattan and Sag Harbor he is eually accustomed to a brutal life where he is able to kill without hesitation In one moment while walking his dog in Central Park he slashes the throat of a Rottweiler that attacks him upon command from a hired killer His adventures can make for uite interesting readingKILLER’S CHOICE opens with a gruesome and chilling murder Simon Lathrop Uncle Harry’s law partner and best friend and his wife Jennie are being tortured and murdered Jack hears their final moments of life over the phone Traveling to their home he views a scene so brutal that it reminds him of Charles Manson and the murder of Sharon Tate More disturbing is the crime’s professional manner including scrubbing the scene of any cluesBut shortly after the investigation gets underway Jack begins receiving computer messages from the killer informing him that he along with the current love of his life Heidi Krohn will be the next victims While Jack is used to such threats he and his Chinese aide Feng Houzhi known to Jack as Mr Feng along with the FBI and local police start taking security precautions to protect themselves from their unknown adversaryThe search for the killer labeled by the authorities as “The Monster” takes the traditional twists and turns of the series The most interesting aspect of these mysterythrillers comes from Begley’s portrayal of the life of wealth in New York City and Sag Harbor The author gets much of his material from his own life experience as he was a Wall Street attorney before writing his first novel at age 57 The series captures a great deal of that life in its descriptions of dinners cocktails and weekend trips that are entertaining and make the plots different from your typical detective thrillerBut KILLER’S CHOICE then takes a plot turn that can only be described as uite disturbing No spoilers from me but if you have read the first two books you will want to read the third and then look forward to the next installment I was not at all prepared for the twist but I am anxious to discover what happens next to Captain Jack DanaReviewed by Stuart Shiffman

  2. miss.mesmerized mesmerized miss.mesmerized mesmerized says:

    Jack Dana dachte nach den Ereignissen in der Vergangenheit nun endlich mit Heidi ein ruhiges Leben führen zu können sein Erzfeind Abner Brown ist tot und stellt keine Bedrohung mehr da Doch dann erhält er einen verstörenden Telefonanruf und muss live mit anhören wie sein Freund Simon Lathrop und dessen Frau grausam gefoltert und ermordet werden Kurz danach die zweite Nachricht auf seinem Laptop offenbar ist Abner Brown zurück – doch das ist unmöglich Brown ist tot wie man es nur sein kann aber wer sonst wählt einen solchen Duktus und hegt einen unbändigen Groll und Rachegelüste gegen ihn? Dass es nicht nur bei verbalen Drohungen bleibt muss Jack Dana bald erkennen und ebenso dass auch seine Lebensgefährtin und deren Familie in größter Gefahr schweben Das grausame Spiel ist eröffnet die Frage ist nur wer in diesem speziellen Pokerspiel – „Killer’s Choice“ in Anlehnung an die Variante „Dealer’s Choice“ bei der der Spieler am Zug die Regeln bestimmt am Ende die besseren Karten hatLouis Begley’s dritter Roman um den ehemaligen US Marine und Autor Jack Dana knüpft nahtlos an die Vorgänger an Wie gewohnt auch die kritischen Seitenhiebe auf das amerikanische Rechts und Ordnungssystem und nun vor allem auch auf den aktuellen Präsidenten Dem eigentlichen Protagonisten stehlen aber zwei anderen Figuren beinahe die Show sein chinesischer DienerFreundLeibwächter Feng und die französische Bulldogge Satan deren stoische Gelassenheit man so manchem Menschen wünschen würde Die Erzählstimme des Elitesoldaten ist Begley wieder sehr überzeugend gelungen Schnörkellos und effizient erzählt Jack Dana von den Begebenheiten selbst wenn er von Heidi spricht bleibt er in recht neutralem Ton obwohl er bereit ist sein Leben für sie zu riskieren Fraglos wirkt aber auch der Abschluss der Trilogie etwas aus der Zeit gefallen und folgt nicht den Regeln der heute gängigen Kriminalgeschichten Es mag Begleys Alter geboren 1933 geschuldet sein oder auch seiner späten Karriere als Autor die erst in den 1990er begann dass er mich weitaus mehr an einen Raymond Chandler oder einen Dashiell Hammett mit ihren hard boiled Detektivromanen erinnert Auch wenn im dritten Band moderne Technologie eine Rolle spielt bleibt im Zentrum doch der weitgehend auf sich gestellte Ermittler der dem organisierten Verbrechen und dem korrupten System das sich bis ganz nach oben in der Politik zieht weitgehend einsam gegenüberstehen sieht Zynisch geworden ist auch Jack Dana der einst dem Land bedingungslos diente das er jetzt nicht mehr erkennt„Ich bin nicht in den Krieg gezogen um Amerika wieder großartig zu machen – ich fand es großartig genug Ich wollte dass Amerika wieder anständig würde wieder ein Land das armen Schluckern eine faire Chance gibt und sich um die Schwachen und Bedürftigen kümmert“ S 14„Killer’s Choice“ reicht nicht ganz an den großartigen ersten Teil heran dafür ist mir das Auftauchen des aktuellen Gegners nicht überzeugend genug motiviert und die Handlung doch etwas zu schematisch und voraussehbar Dafür liefert Begley einen Roman in guter amerikanischer Tradition die er überzeugend ins neue Jahrtausend führte

  3. Lady Grey Lady Grey says:

    If you are looking for a very twisted Murder mystery that you can not put down this is the bookJack Dana a former Marine also a writer is looking forward to a uiet life now that his nemeses Abner Brown is dead Or can he?He has fallen for the beautiful Heidi Krohn a powerful attorney who also helped him bring down Abner BrownWhen Heidi is kidnapped he has to make a tough decision Will he make the correct decision? How will things go for Jack and Heidi?You will have to read to find out

  4. Camille Pum Camille Pum says:

    I won this book in the giveaway Louis Begley is a great author This book kept me guessing and entertained

  5. William Mehl William Mehl says:

    Won this book on Goodreads Actually started off as a good read Middle was ho hum ending was terrible Needs a rewrite

  6. Cathy Cathy says:

    The author does not put any conversation in uotations It makes for an awkward read

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