Wednesday, 29 April 2020
BRIAN GARFIELD - THE HIT (1970)
Simon Crane retired from the police force after a crooked cop tried to kill him. He was broke, out of work and thankful to be alive. It wasn't the end of the world -- until she appeared.
She was Joanne Farrell, Crane's ex-girlfriend. Her boss, a top Mafia man, was dead and nearly three million dollars was missing. She knew she was the prime suspect. What she didn't know was that the Mafia had two other suspects: Mike Farrell, her ex-husband, an organization fall-guy with a chip on his shoulder... and Simon Crane.
From then on Crane was on his own with forty-eight hours to turn over the three million or the real thief... or to find a quiet place to die...
An okay book from Garfield, which means I enjoyed it, not as much as I had hoped to and not as much as previous books I've read from him - Deathwish, Hopscotch and What of Terry Conniston?
A mob boss gets killed and his safe which holds cash and secrets of his fellow mobsters - papers and blackmail material is ransacked and the victim's secretary is a suspect. She runs to ex-cop Simon Crane, a man she previously had a relationship with before working for crims and now Crane is the fall guy unless he finds who did the killing and stealing, and returns the goods and he's on a deadline.
An investigation, a few visits from some mob bruisers, a dirty cop with a hard-on for our man, a beating, a bit of love interest, an ultimatum, time pressures, some likely suspects, a few Q+A sessions with them, an ex-con ex-husband soon expired, and a bit more.
It's a book I read over a month ago and to be honest, already some of the finer details are evaporating from my memory. Not a particularly memorable read obviously, but once I got into the story I was interested enough to find out what happened. No real dislike for anything in the book, I probably just didn't particularly warm to the main character Crane or the woman he was trying to save. If they had ended up dead in a ditch rather than the eventual outcome, I doubt I would have shed a tear.
Setting, pace, story. resolution - all okay. I quite liked the ending. Decent writing, decent action and dialogue.
An okay read which passed some time and put another tick on the scoreboard.
3 from 5
Read - March, 2020
Published - 1970
Page count - 200
Source - owned copy
Format - hardback omnibus edition with The Marksman