Monday, July 03, 2023

Six books featuring killers with a code

Heather Chavez is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s English literature program and has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, contributor to mystery and television blogs, and in communications for a major health care organization. She lives with her family and two cat overlords in Santa Rosa, California.

Chavez's new novel is Before She Finds Me.

At CrimeReads she tagged six books that feature killers with a code, including:
EXIT STRATEGY, Kelley Armstrong

Nadia Stafford was a police officer until a scandal cost her her career. Now, she’s a contract killer working for a Mafia family, using the part-time gig to pay the bills until her wilderness lodge starts making money. The first person she targets is a drug dealer—a bad man who, she believes, has earned his death. Even then, though, her thoughts turn to those who care for him, who don’t deserve their inevitable suffering at his loss. So we know up front she has a conscience. When a serial killer who might be a professional like her starts murdering innocent people, Nadia bands together with a small group of contract killers to uncover the truth before their own secret society is unmasked.
Read about another entry on the list.

Exit Strategy is among Vernieda Vergara's ten top female assassin books.

--Marshal Zeringue