Exit Strategy - Nadia Stafford, Bk 1 Author:Kelley Armstrong Regulars at Nadia's nature lodge don't ask what she does in the off-season. And that's a good thing. If she told them, she'd have to kill them. She's a hit woman for a Mafia family. Tough and self-sufficient, Nadia doesn't owe anyone any explanations. But that doesn't mean she always works alone. One of her contacts h... more »as recruited her in the hunt for a ruthlessly efficient serial killer cutting a swath of terror across the country. The assassin is far too skilled to be an amateur -- and the precision of the killings is bringing the Feds much too close to the hit man community for comfort.
To put an end to the murders, Nadia will have to turn herself from predator to prey as she employs every trick she knows to find the killer. Before the killer finds her...« less
I liked this book because of the smart heroine. Nadia Stafford has to be, she's a hitman. People just don't last long in that business without brains. Either you get caught or you get killed. Nadia, or "Dee" (as she is called by other assassins who don't know her real name), was once a cop, born into a family of cops. After a traumatic childhood event, all it took for Nadia to take things into her own hands was one criminal scumbag who had hurt a young girl. Clearly she has issues brimming under the surface, but it may be her passion that makes her a good hitman. In Exit Strategy, she agrees to join a team of other hitmen who are going after one of their own. A professional killer has turned into a serial killer, and it has caused a shakedown from the law against the whole profession. This is NOT a paranormal, even though Kelley Armstrong is well known for her paranormal series, the Women of the Otherworld. Being a hitman was REALLY interesting to read about, especially things like trying to retire or having a family. No one trusts anyone, everyone has a hidden real identity, everyone's motives are suspect.. most people never retire: they die. And almost everyone in this book is the strong silent type. It's interesting how subtle the communication is between assassins. Facial expressions and head movements mean more than words. Actions speak loudest. I found the writing which moves between Nadia and the killer and his victims, very powerful. There is also there is a very subtle hint of a romance (I am thinking love triangle) in this book. It is barely even there, it's all in the silent communication. That's my take. I really want to know what happens in book 2. An interesting thriller.
I really enjoyed this story! A change of pace from my usual. I enjoy Ms. Armstrong's writing and enjoyed this venture into the "thriller" category.
I can recommend this one for people who like a little "who done it", twists, and don't need sex.
Looking forward to reading the next one!
Unfortunatly I could not finish this book. I feel bad about that because Kelley Armstrong was a favorite of mine. Bitten is one of my all time favorite books. I only read about 50 pages of Exit Strategy and then gave up. I was so bored and too easily distracted. I thought maybe I was just not in a reading mood. But I picked up Moonkeewrench from my TBR pile and got right into it and I'm really liking it.
Interesting departure from her other books. I worked my way through it. Good. Not a fast read or pace, but that may still be ok. I am not quite sure what I think but I'll pick up book 2 and see what happens! Note, however, if you come into this series thinking it will be like her others you may end up disappointed (or perhaps pleasantly surprised)!
Add-on: Just a note that after a few days I am still thinking about this book and wondering what will happen to Nadia and Jack...I think I may be hooked. Liking it. Will recommend!