Confessions of a Hit Man is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well oiled chicane When ex Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation


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  1. Jay Gertzman Jay Gertzman says:

    A very very good mystery is hard to write about with using spoilers This one is so tightly written that one episode leads naturally to another, and the finale is blistering indeed in this case, it is the protagonist s soul that is blistered, although life is not done with him yet And something else is blistered the top of the tree, as the hit man, Jack, put it The national and multinational networks, the CIAs and MI5s, the Irguns, and the KGBs Not all of these are specifically involved in A very very good mystery is hard to write about with using spoilers This one is so tightly written that one episode leads naturally to another, and the finale is blistering indeed in this case, it is the protagonist s soul that is blistered, although life is not done with him yet And something else is blistered the top of the tree, as the hit man, Jack, put it The national and multinational networks, the CIAs and MI5s, the Irguns, and the KGBs Not all of these are specifically involved in the story, but this kind of organization, its deceptions and the money it siphons off from the people, is delineated in all its power Richard Godwin shows why it is not only an organization, but has become a tradition And an obsession,its paranoia mirroring out own Interesting word, mirror.Richard Godwin is known for the various genres he combines in his work mystery, horror, espionage, exotic adventure, erotica, and satire Most of these can be subsumed by the epithet pulp, used in the sense it can be used of Jim Thompson, Charles Bukowski, James M Cain, Gerald Kersh, or Jean Patrick Manchette All of them are present here, even satire, in this case of spy novels of course It makes you see these _Confessions_ uncanny and off centered That forces the reader to look further into what kind of story s he is reading For example, one victim dies while singing My Way in the shower.From the first, Jack, with his Royal Marine training, is brilliant at his job of tracking, approaching, ingratiating himself with, and finally killing his targets He also acquires a double, a shadow self, which escapes from his mirror and becomes him That in itself is a fascinating literary device With each new adventure, the line of barbed wire stretched its way round my life like a shadow Beyond the way it works with Jack and his story, think about I am sure Godwin has all the historians and politicians who have stated that a national hero was worthy of immortality because he had no choice but to do what he did to save his country Jack never takes refuge in that ready made These are confessions honest ones, thus a bit harrowing to read, given what the hits are like But that is as nothing compared to the way the author presents you with the identity of a 21st century assassin Along the way, we find Jack eliminating various very wealthy and apparently secure people a politician who steals from his constituency a child abusing priest, a funeral director who has hideous uses for his corpses, a company of arms dealers selling nuclear materials to needy countries You can hardly read this without rooting for Jack Or is Jack s double, that absorbs him so completely that he stops talking about his double Throughout the novel, Jack he hides his name even from his girlfriend takes orders from a shadowy figure, immaculately dressed, smooth spoken, a kind of autodidact, with a bottomless pit of money This man stands beyond the sociopathic billionaires, elected officials, arms dealers, the Deep State itself, and behind Jack who stops talking about his double halfway through the book Who is this guy Who is Jack


  2. Keith Nixon Keith Nixon says:

    Jack is a Royal Marine commando, a trained marksman and explosives expert, good at reconnaissance, sabotage and using information Needing finance Jack takes on a hit for Luca Martoni, telling himself it would be just the one.But before he knows it Jack is a full time assassin, his stock on the rise, his fee increasing all the time But he gets pulled into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a country that shouldn t have it Confessions of a Hit Man is as addictive to the reader as it Jack is a Royal Marine commando, a trained marksman and explosives expert, good at reconnaissance, sabotage and using information Needing finance Jack takes on a hit for Luca Martoni, telling himself it would be just the one.But before he knows it Jack is a full time assassin, his stock on the rise, his fee increasing all the time But he gets pulled into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a country that shouldn t have it Confessions of a Hit Man is as addictive to the reader as it is to Jack I devoured the story in a couple of sittings The style is pacey, the sentences chopped, the chapters brief and to the point The novel itself is short, around 50,000 words and if there s one complaint it s that I wanted , it was such a good read.The confession aspect in the title is an apt description, Jack is writing down the individual hits as a salve to his conscience he didn t start out wanting to kill people for a living, it sort of crept up on him Something he subsequently realizes.As the narrative progresses it moves from individual chapters toof an interlinked story line as he gets drawn into the government plot We steadily learn about Jack and his motivations, but is there still good within him Godwin tends to write psychological thrillers and horror so this is a degree of departure for him However it is a welcome one and suits him I hope to see Godwin writingwithin this genre and Jack too Originally reviewed for books and pals blog May have received free review copy


  3. Carrie Clevenger Carrie Clevenger says:

    Fast paced, ever changing situations, Jack handles them all Reads like a top list of ways to pull of a hit, no spare words here.Big spenders, highest orders of the dark underbelly of crime, espionage and betrayal I enjoyed Lauren s character in the second half of the book, offering an anchor to follow as the plot continued to unfold.The scenes shift quickly, working the way up to an overreaching arc, where even the government cannot be trusted Filled with cars, guns, and imaginative ways to e Fast paced, ever changing situations, Jack handles them all Reads like a top list of ways to pull of a hit, no spare words here.Big spenders, highest orders of the dark underbelly of crime, espionage and betrayal I enjoyed Lauren s character in the second half of the book, offering an anchor to follow as the plot continued to unfold.The scenes shift quickly, working the way up to an overreaching arc, where even the government cannot be trusted Filled with cars, guns, and imaginative ways to entreat a mark to his maker, Confessions was an enjoyable ride


  4. Brandon Nagel Brandon Nagel says:

    A brilliant quick read told from the point of view of an unnamed Hitman I picked up the book last night and finished it this afternoon The writing was exciting and transported me into the life of a killer for hire The story was totally believable and the writing sucked me in and never let go until the final word Godwin is a master of his craft and I did not want the book to end Anyone who has not read a book by Richard Godwin, in my opinion, this would be an excellent introduction If you w A brilliant quick read told from the point of view of an unnamed Hitman I picked up the book last night and finished it this afternoon The writing was exciting and transported me into the life of a killer for hire The story was totally believable and the writing sucked me in and never let go until the final word Godwin is a master of his craft and I did not want the book to end Anyone who has not read a book by Richard Godwin, in my opinion, this would be an excellent introduction If you want to get sucked into the mind of a Paid assassin, then this is the book for you Fantastic


  5. Paul Brazill Paul Brazill says:

    Richard Godwin s Confessions Of A Hit Man is the violent and action packed story of an ex marine who becomes a globe trotting contract killer A marvelously, hard hitting slice of international crime fiction.


  6. Diana Hockley Diana Hockley says:

    Economy of word is the essence of this highly exciting novel I enjoyed the Just the facts, Mam style reminiscent of the old style cop shows but modern in application.The hero, Jack, is a complex character who saves a member of the Mafia from an assault and then takes on a job for the Family just the once, he thinks but even though he is a sophisticated ex Marine, he is sucked into a vortex of death unable to find a way out However, it s a job no than cleaning scum off the human pond Economy of word is the essence of this highly exciting novel I enjoyed the Just the facts, Mam style reminiscent of the old style cop shows but modern in application.The hero, Jack, is a complex character who saves a member of the Mafia from an assault and then takes on a job for the Family just the once, he thinks but even though he is a sophisticated ex Marine, he is sucked into a vortex of death unable to find a way out However, it s a job no than cleaning scum off the human pond and this is shown through the type of people Jack is sent to exterminate scoundrels, sadists, murderers of the bodies and of the souls of their victims There sto Jack than being a hit man however, and although the reader is not privy to his private thoughts as such, his view of the scum shows a great deal about him Jack, in fact, needs to be sure that the subject of each hit is unworthy of life.Seemingly Jack is unable to love, but just as he is thinking about getting out of the business he meets Lauren, herself a victim of the abuse of one of his hits How Jack saves her and sets up a future for them is intriguing and well written.This is not the end of Jack and Lauren far from it and I am waiting impatiently for the next in the series.Very well done indeed


  7. Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw says:

    Reviewer s note My review does not show as a verified purchase onbecause my review copy was a gift from the author This in no way has any bearing on my review Those who know me know that I will not review a book I have not read, nor can I be induced to provide a review that is not honest Thank you vmls Richard Godwin brings in Confessions of a Hit Man, not a psychopath the protagonist type that predominates much of his work The Apostle, Mr Glamour, Meaningful Conversation Reviewer s note My review does not show as a verified purchase onbecause my review copy was a gift from the author This in no way has any bearing on my review Those who know me know that I will not review a book I have not read, nor can I be induced to provide a review that is not honest Thank you vmls Richard Godwin brings in Confessions of a Hit Man, not a psychopath the protagonist type that predominates much of his work The Apostle, Mr Glamour, Meaningful Conversations, and a good body of his shorter stories but a character who is bothhuman and humane.A point Richard makes in all of his stories, besides theobvious ones relevant to a particular tale, is that we regardless of class or upbringing all havethan a tinge of sociopathy to our psychological make up We are all to some degree damaged Even the much written everyman , humankind s anti hero hero.In Confessions of a Hit Man, Richard s protagonist, Jack is no exception Ex Royal Marine commando someone, I can t recall who now, once said that anyone who serves in the military, for patriotic or other reasons, is a sociopath To a lesser degree than some, but sociopathic, nonetheless , Jack has a skill set that makes him well suited for a person whose life view has been altered by the realities of the world, but who still believes in certain fundamental principles of a civilised and progressive society.Jack tells himself at first that it the hit will be only the once and that the ends justify the means Jack has, you see, an underlying philosophy He believes in justicethan he believes in the law He sees justice as black and white, and the law as having shades of grey Paedophile, necrophile, murderer, sadists, psychopaths all may have escaped the long arm of the law, but they ll soon enough meet their maker Jack, you see, doesn t follow the niceties of the law And with each hit, Jack s proficiency only grows, adapting to each new situation as needed.But, unfortunately, Jack and his little enterprises have not escaped the attention of some very corrupt people in very high places And when a woman, the first in a long, long time that has touched a place in Jack s heart he had thought lost forever things geta bit complicated for Jack Dames will do that.Confessions of a Hit Man is told in first person narrative Richard humanizing a character some would consider a monster , a narrative that is tight and well written, fast paced and brilliant Richard s writing, with its plots and sub plots running like a fine tuned engine, pulls the reader in immediately and keeps them there throughout, often at breakneck speed, building the suspense in true Godwin fashion.With his characteristic wit, turn of phrase, and insight to the human condition, Richard brings to his audience another sure hit , if you ll pardon the pun His spot on psychology of a professional assassin does make one wonder though When he s not writing, what exactly does Mr Godwin do with himself HmmmmOnce again, Richard Godwin brings his imprimatur to that dark place known as noir and the reader is not disappointed I recommend this book without reservation Thank you,Veronica Marie Lewis Shaw Writing under a large mushroom, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest


  8. Nigel Bird Nigel Bird says:

    In the early stages of this book, I was reminded somewhat of Lawrence Block s excellent Hit Man stories Early doors, the formats are similar in that there are a series of hits to be carried out, each requiring their own subtleties of approach and method of dispatch Of course, Godwin s imagination reaches parts many other authors would not reach in terms of the twists and the twisted and the early events deal with targets of increasingly sordid lives Jack, the Hit Man of the title, is an ex se In the early stages of this book, I was reminded somewhat of Lawrence Block s excellent Hit Man stories Early doors, the formats are similar in that there are a series of hits to be carried out, each requiring their own subtleties of approach and method of dispatch Of course, Godwin s imagination reaches parts many other authors would not reach in terms of the twists and the twisted and the early events deal with targets of increasingly sordid lives Jack, the Hit Man of the title, is an ex service man who stumbles in to the world of the Sicilian mafia after a chance encounter on the island His connection sets Jack up with a little work when he returns to London and Jack s all too happy to find a way out of an existence where cash is short He s good at the work, too It s not long before he s setting out on private hits because his growing reputation has turned him into a sought after professional One thing leads to another and he s soon coaxed into a job of international significance He s to infiltrate and bring down an operation involving the smuggling of plutonium to Syria and feels the hand of the government holding his purse strings The stakes are higher and the mission is hugelycomplex and it s this story that occupies most of the second half of the book.I really enjoyed this It s well written and has a slightly breezy style to it in the way the tale is told I did favour the shorter tales showing Jack s early development to the later section of international intrigue To my mind, the chapter per hit formula works very well and within them Godwin seemed to relish the challenges of creating new situations with a playful creativity The ease at which he managed to allow me to accept the need for execution and to enjoy the killing of the victims has me asking questions of myself that reach fairly deeply The early links to Sicily and to Italy are also particularly evocative.The second section does have a slightly different tone Due to the nature of the job at hand, an awful lotis required in the set up and a littlepatience is taken Though it hangs together well, it came at the expense of some of that early pace and freshness I suspect that this saysabout my taste in fiction than about the book itself and imagine that thriller fans might well come to the opposite conclusion All in all, this is a fine and pleasing read There s darkness, humour and a fine sense of character and place to get you in the mood Well worth checking out


  9. Donald Grant Donald Grant says:

    When I was about eleven I wanted to either be a hit man or a priest As I thought about it, maybe a priest would be a good cover One of my all time favorite movies is The Mechanic with Charles Bronson So when I see a book about a hit man, I naturally want to read it.Confessions of A Hit Man falls short of being a good read Godwin writes the story in first person which had the potential of revealing how a hit man thinks, but the narrative is too simplistic There was nothing that made me relat When I was about eleven I wanted to either be a hit man or a priest As I thought about it, maybe a priest would be a good cover One of my all time favorite movies is The Mechanic with Charles Bronson So when I see a book about a hit man, I naturally want to read it.Confessions of A Hit Man falls short of being a good read Godwin writes the story in first person which had the potential of revealing how a hit man thinks, but the narrative is too simplistic There was nothing that made me relate to the main character and not enough tension to make this a page turner.It is a quick read which meant I did not waste too much time on it Sadly disappointing This one gets two stars