Crime suspense/mystery/thriller: THE BAD MAN by @G_Warlock_Vance #review

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The Bad Man

Written by G. Warlock Vance

Genre(s): Crime suspense/mystery/thriller

As a child, Benjamin Franklin was always a problem solver. To help pay back his father's gambling debts, Ben earned money "running errands" for the Mob.

Some years later, after doing his duty for his country by fighting in a desert war he hadn't voted for, and having tried to find a decent job with a largely worthless college degree, he turns to the only real "family" he's ever known.

When Ben becomes a hitman for Cosa Nostra boss Papa Theo, he assumes the position will be a temporary one. But after ten long years of killing bad men, he comes to realize he's had his fill of bullets and bloodshed.

Now Ben wants out.

Papa Theo understands that the lifespan of any enforcer is limited, and Ben has been blessed with a longevity uncommon for this line of wetwork. "I want you to pull one last job," the boss says. "Complete this task, and you're out, no worries."

Sounds simple enough, until Ben Franklin learns that the man he must kill is his partner, a savant assassin who is twice as fast, far more accurate, and someone he loves like a brother. How does one do the impossible? Ben asks himself. And how do I live with myself thereafter if I manage to succeed?

THE BAD MAN is the latest suspense novel by G. Warlock Vance, depicting the grim world of the Mafia from the inside out. Ben Franklin is an anti-hero concerned for his mortal soul, yet willing to risk it in order to find his way out of the labyrinthine darkness of the gangland world in which he existed for far too long.

The Godmother's Review

This is a crime suspense/mystery/thriller from the viewpoint of the criminal

Benjamin Franklin is faced with a dilemma - how to get out of the mob alive. Not an easy task when you are a hit man. His crime boss gives him an opportunity to leave but he must fight with his new-found humanity to be let go. Will he be able to fight off the demons that have held him prisoner or will the devil get his due?

I was able to feel, see, and hear the inner turmoil of the main character. All the decisions that lead up to this big one, seemed sound even if it isn't what I would have done. Since I've never lived with mobster, I might not be the best judge. Now Benjamin has an opportunity to rid himself of this past I cheer him on to do what is right. You'll just have to read what happens to know if he did or did not win the fight.

Warning: This book is best read by a Mature Audience due to graphic violence, adult language, and sexual situations.

Disclaimer: I received this book through Masquerade Mob Review Club in exchange for an honest review.