Joe Haldeman’s “adept plotting, strong pacing, and sense of
grim stoicism have won him wide acclaim” (Washington
Post) and numerous honors for such works as The Forever War, The
Accidental Time Machine, and the Marsbound trilogy. Now, the multiple Hugo
and Nebula award-winning author pits a lone war veteran against a mysterious
enemy who is watching his every move—and threatens him with more than death
unless he kills for them.
Wounded in combat and honorably discharged nine years ago,
Jack Daley still suffers nightmares from when he served his country as a
sniper, racking up sixteen confirmed kills. Now a struggling author, Jack
accepts an offer to write a near-future novel about a serial killer, based on a
Hollywood script outline. It’s an opportunity to build his writing career, and
a future with his girlfriend, Kit Majors.
But Jack’s other talent is also in demand. A package arrives
on his doorstep containing a sniper rifle, complete with silencer and ammunition—and
the first installment of a $100,000 payment to kill a “bad man.” The twisted
offer is genuine. The people behind it are dangerous. They prove that they have
Jack under surveillance. He can’t run. He can’t hide. And if he doesn’t take
the job, Kit will be in the crosshairs instead. Download and start listening now!