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.
I have read all of Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Series, so I knew she told a great story, but I wasn't sure if I would like it without the paranormal elements.
I did! This was a great action/adventure story. I could easily see this being made into a "guy movie". This book gives us a strong female character who has a strong moral compass. She lives by this, and does what she needs to do to be true to herself.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I am a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series, so I picked up "Exit Strategy" hoping for the same strong female characters and biting wit. Truth be told, I wanted Eve Levine as a former cop turned hit woman because THAT would have been incredible! What I got was a book more reminiscent of Nora Roberts "writing as J.D. Robb" than anything Kelley Armstrong is capable of writing. I skimmed through several pages because I just wanted to get on with it already.
Remember this: "Life is too short to read a crap book". Put the book down and move on to the next one.
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!
Coming July 1, 2007 in mass market paperback
Law enforcement is in Nadia Stafford's blood. She comes from a long line of police officers, and was one herself until the wrong case sent her over the line from cop to killer. Now, to keep her beloved wilderness lodge afloat, she's a contract killer for a small Mafia family.
When a serial killer with all the earmarks of a hit-man begins murdering innocent people, the police investigation threatens to unmask Nadia and others, and she bands together with a small group of hit-men, including her mentor--the mysterious Jack. But once the killer realizes who's on his trail, his simple plan twists into a complex game as both sides fight to prove who is the hunter...and who the prey.