Marine-turned-novelist Jack Dana is back in Louis Begley’s most intense, suspenseful, and deadly adventure yet.
With the death of his nemesis, corrupt business mogul Abner Brown, retired Marine Jack Dana thought he could finally return to his peaceful career as a novelist. And after falling hard for Heidi Krohn, the glamorous high-powered lawyer who helped avenge his best friend’s death, Jack is beginning to dream of starting a family of his own. But dark forces intervene to upend Jack’s comfortable new life. When two of his Uncle Harry’s closest friends are brutally murdered in their own home, Jack swears he will get to the bottom of what could have prompted such a vicious attack. The answers he begins to uncover are shocking. A career criminal, long hidden in the shadows of Abner Brown’s organization, has gone rogue after his benefactor’s death and has made it his mission to get even with the man who ruined Abner: Jack Dana. With the help of his old friends in the CIA, Jack scrambles to bring down this terrifying new threat, and when Heidi and her family are kidnapped, Jack is forced to make the most painful choice of all. In Killer’s Choice, master stylist Louis Begley returns to Jack’s Upper East Side millieu in full force, reprising familiar characters and introducing memorable new faces, and concluding Jack’s chilling saga with his most violent crescendo to date.
Master stylist Begley continues the story of Jack Dana, the former Marine Corps officer turned novelist whose quest to avenge his murdered uncle takes a new, more dangerous turn.
The man who brutally murdered Uncle Harry is dead. In an effort to recover from the confrontation and collect himself, Jack takes refuge on Torcello, a small island in the Venetian lagoon, to return to his writing career. Even more urgently, he wants to win back Kerry, the beautiful lawyer who rejected him after the bloody episode with Harry’s assassin.
But events beyond Jack’s control intervene: Kerry loses her life in circumstances that contradict everything Jack thinks he knew about her. Soon death begins to stalk Jack himself. It is impossible not to recognize in its drumbeat the machinations of Abner Brown, the man who orchestrated Harry’s demise.
Jack fights back, driven by cold rage and determination to complete his revenge. At his side is Kerry’s best friend, the glamorous and enigmatic Heidi Krohn. Their quest will force Jack to plumb the abyss of depravity into which Kerry had sunk and face one of his fellow Marines who has embarked on a violent feud of his own.
Reprising memorable characters from Killer, Come Hither and introducing dangerous new ones, Begley concludes Jack’s harrowing vendetta with one last shocking twist.
Praise for Kill and Be Killed
“[This] is delightfully sophisticated entertainment. After Begley’s 1996 novel ‘About Schmidt,’ Albert Schmidt returned for two more novels. Jack Dana deserves another encore.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“[A] gripping thriller filled with tension, danger, and the unknown; and written in such graceful prose, it deserves to be called a literary thriller.”—The Huffington Post
“[An] intriguing follow-up to Killer, Come Hither . . . Fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher should enjoy Jack Dana’s adventures.”—Publishers Weekly
“Lovers of New York will enjoy the scenes of the city wonderfully portrayed by Begley. The characters are interesting and the lines between good and evil clearly marked. We know Jack will win, but occasionally he needs a little luck and help. Seeing the rich and famous get their comeuppance can be a guilty pleasure. While it appears that Jack has accomplished avenging the murders of his friends, one wonders if there are more of these adventures in Begley’s repertoire.”—Bookreporter
“Kill and Be Killed is a humdinger. The final confrontation between Jack and Abner Brown is unforgettable.”—Southampton Press
“Admirers of the City will love the scenes in this book! The location is fabulous and the details are perfectly written to make the reader feel as if they’re right by Jack’s side the whole time. A continuation of book one, Killer, Come Hither, the main characters are interesting, both good and evil, and the author has added some new, menacing ones to the fire.”—Suspense
“Begley remains one of America’s most able storytellers—reliably smart, naughty and wise.”—Toronto Star
From the master observer of upper-crust New York life comes a taut thriller that takes readers from the office suites of Manhattan to the tidy elegance of Sag Harbor and the rough-and-tumble western plains of Brazil.
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Jack Dana, a star student at Yale, joins the military after 9/11—only to have sniper fire cut short his career as a Marine Corps infantry officer. While recovering at Walter Reed Hospital, he begins to write a novel about his wartime experience. Jack’s uncle Harry, a surrogate father to him, as well as a partner at a leading New York law firm, helps Jack secure a publisher. Jack is thrilled when his book becomes a huge success, but after a celebratory trip to South America, Jack returns home to shocking news: Uncle Harry is dead, found hanged in his summer home. Horrified and incredulous, Jack digs into the facts surrounding the tragedy and comes to believe that his uncle’s death was no suicide. Delays of law are not for Jack, so he takes matters into his own hands—embarking on a dangerous journey of justice and revenge.
Praise for Killer, Come Hither
“A stealthy, page-turning thriller.”—Booklist
“Louis Begley’s award-winning fiction usually takes on bad behavior among the well-bred and prosperous. Killer, Come Hither ratchets up the intrigue—and the evil.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Begley writes clean, crisp, graceful prose, the kind that’s always rare and ever a blessing.”—The Washington Post
“Killer, Come Hither beckons.”—Vanity Fair
“Combines unexpected plot twists and narrative tension with Begley’s trademark elegant prose.”—Shelf Awareness