I'm so far behind on my reviews. I read The Hitwoman and the 7 Cops by JB Lynn way back in June. It is a great book and I feel amiss in not telling you about it sooner. Now if you are a Hitwoman fan, then you probably have already read it. But for those who have not discovered this hilarious series, well maybe this review will convince you that it is now time to pick it up.
What's it about?
Maggie, the hitwoman who bears a lot of family responsibility, is surrounded by cops. Not a good thing for a hired killer. But they aren't there for her. Well they are sort of. They think she knows where her dad is. Why are they looking for her dad? In addition to being a wanted criminal, he's also the star witness in a mob family trial. Not the mob family Maggie works for. He's run away from the witness protection program and the last time he skipped out he did contact her.
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So while the cops are hanging around she's not getting any jobs. But with all the craziness that is going on in her life she probably didn't have time for the mob. You see the mob isn't the only side job she's got going on. There's Mrs. Whitehat. A mysterious woman who knows a whole lot about stuff Maggie rather keep quiet, and uses that knowledge to blackmail her into doing jobs for her. There's also Maggie's long lost, now returned, sister. She spent her time away working the streets and her pimp is a scary dude who is intent on bringing her back into the fold. The aunts are there and Susan, the more stable of the three, well there's something up with her. Throw in the cat, dog, and a lizard and craziness ensues.
Though there are 7 cops in this story, fan favorite and murder mentor Patrick is all but absent. He makes a few appearances - running Piss to the vet after she steps on broken glass from the window that is broken when a rock is thrown into it (Templeton is hit in the head but survives, though the hospital is a dangerous place). I don't think Patrick fed Maggie once in this book, and much to DeeDee's dismay he didn't feed her either.
What's to like
There is a lot to like about the Hitwoman series in general and this book in particular. They are just plain funny. Whether you are trying to make sense of Armani's Scrabble title psychic readings or the banter between the animals and Maggie, there is always something to cause a good laugh. The story is brilliantly laid out with twist and turns so you aren't sure how things are going to work out. There's a bit of romance, but it doesn't over shadow the rest of the plot. The characters are likable, you may even find yourself sympathetic to the "bad" guys. Though the creepy pimp isn't likable. No, the "bad" guys that we love so much - Patrick, he's a crooked cop but you will fall in love with him. Even the mob boss is likable.
What's not to like
There really isn't too much not to like about The Hitwoman and the 7 Cops. If you were hoping for more progress in the Patrick/Maggie relationship, well like I said he was pretty much absent from the story. What about Maggie's other sister? The one that was kidnapped as child. Nope, not really any answers there. So in some ways the bigger series plot arcs are pushed aside in this book.
Why you should read it
Everyone needs a good laugh and this one will definitely give it to you. It is a quick read, some of the other reviews mentioned that it felt shorter than the other installments. Whether it is just so compelling you can't stop reading (which it definitely is) or just a shorter story, it would make a great vacation read.
Published June 2014
Reads June 2014
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