“Raunchy, gory, irreverent and highly enjoyable…”
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The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn
Reviewed by Rachel
John Lago has been a hit man for 13 years, and at the ripe old age of 25 he’s getting ready for retirement. But he’s got one last job and it’s a bit of an irregular one – mostly because he’s not sure who his target is. All he does know is that some big shot partner at a law firm is selling names off the FBI’s witness protection list and John’s got to off him.
Bob, John’s mentor and boss, has complete faith that he will figure out the target and finish the job. But John’s trust in Bob is at an all-time low, especially since he’s somewhat paranoid that once this job is over, John himself will become Bob’s next target.
Posing as an intern (as all of Bob’s employees at HR, Inc. do; after all, interns are invisible and can slip into an organization, kill a person, and slip out without anyone even remembering their names), John infiltrates Bendini, Lambert, and Locke with the express purpose of killing the man behind one of those three names.
There he meets Alice – sexy, driven, highly connected, and also an FBI agent after the same target. As John delves deeper into the job, he finds out that this last hit is more complicated than he ever could have imagined, and though he sees Alice as an asset (he hacks her laptop to gain access to the FBI’s files), she turns out to be perhaps the most dangerous liaison he could have found.
The author cut his teeth in the movie business, and this book definitely reads like an action movie. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets turned into one. And although like many movies the story is a bit predictable, it’s also so raunchy, gory, irreverent, and highly enjoyable that it’ll keep you hooked (even if you do guess the twist ending).
Rachel is one of our Youth Services librarians at Central Library.