Amid the chaos, this grim tale manages a level of emotional resonance exceeding previous Max stories as we get a glimpse into our anti-hero's true feelings for his nieces when he finds himself fearing for their safety. And if such capable, destructive creatures as Alioune and Keuer can find themselves in trouble, this alone should give potential readers an idea as to the depths of the darkness explored within this grim and utterly enjoyable tale.
From my very first encounter with Max the assassin, I was hooked. The dark and arcane version of the world he inhabits should be high on the list of places to visit for any fan of horror fiction. If you are new to the series, then Waiting for Mister Cool is as good a place as any to start. And, thanks to the e-book revolution, most of the preceding stories are available for purchase--which is a good thing as I can't imagine anyone who's made his or her way through this particular tale not wanting to read the others as soon as possible.
Along with Tom Piccirilli's Necromancer, F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack, and Andrew Vachss's Burke, Gerard Houarner's Max is one of the characters any reader of dark fiction should get to know. I, for one, have been glad to make his acquaintance and look forward to going on more adventures with him and his little group of killers in the future.
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