A Prayer for the Dying Paperback
by Jack Higgins
The classic bestseller from the master of the game.
No one becomes a contract killer and expects to hang around to collect a pension.
Sooner or later, even the best in their field make mistakes.
Even Martin Fallon, the most ruthless hitman of them all.
Fallon was the best you could get with a gun in his hand, but his first mistake was to cross powerful crime boss Jack Meehan, and his last, to seek redemption for his soul...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/12/2008
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780007234882
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Review by Bridgey
First of all you have to ask yourself what you would like from an action book? Whatever you decide, I'm fairly confident you can find in A Prayer for the Dying. The book starts off with the main character (Martin Fallon) trying to escape the country to make a new start in Australia. We discover that he was IRA but left the cause after a mistimed bomb killed a number of schoolchildren. This results him becoming a wanted man by everyone, including his previous employers.... He has been promised a new passport and spending cash to help him on his way, but when Fallon turns up to collect he is told the only way to get what he wants is complete one last execution. Reluctantly he agrees.....What follows is a page turning ride that involves all of Higgins trademarks. We are introduced to commando priests, thugs, grudge holding detectives and, of course, shooting and kneecappings galore. Higgins has always been a master of creating great villains, but even he has surpassed himself with the extra creepy Meehan Brothers. Fallon is a methodical killer, with every aspect of the kill worked out so nothing is left to chance. However, there is an unexpected twist to the plot when there is a witness to his kill. He is soon forced to re-examine his life and where his loyaltys are placed.. with devastating results.This book has to be the ultimate introduction to Higgins, with its mixture of politics, religion and death it really doesn't let up the pace.