In this novel, one of a long list of Quarry adventures, there are more twists and turns and red herrings than an Alpine road or a Baltic fishing catch. Max Allan Collins outdid him self, adding spice in the form of sex and plot complications galore. It begins when the hitman, Quarry, and the broker, sent by the latter’s contact, Woody, are subjected to a drive-by shooting after meeting to discuss a potential job in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Quarry goes to the southern resort, filled with strip joints and casinos, to bump off Mr. Woody’s partner, Jack Killian. It seems Woody claims Killian is upsetting the status quo and expanding dangerously, and getting out of hand with violence. Quarry becomes Killian’s bodyguard in an attempt to get close to him to perform the hit.
Collins began the series in 1976, and Hard Case Crime has now published five books. “Choice” is filled with lots of suspense and sexuality and is in the Mickey Spillane mode of story-telling: slam-bang, graphic detail with a complex plot. Lots of fun to read and savor.