Bleeding Hearts Review
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“Bleeding hearts,” he said, “are for the operating table, not for business.”

“I’ll drink to that,” I said, though of course in my line of work bleeding hearts
are the business.

Michael Weston is a hired assassin who’s paid to get the job done, no questions asked. Known only as the Demolition Man, Michael shoots from a distance and aims for the heart—and he always detonates a small explosion near the scene to divert attention. His latest job is pretty straightforward. He knows everything about his victim—journalist Eleanor Ricks—right down to what she’ll be wearing. The job goes almost exactly according to plan—except someone alerts the police right before the assassination. The cops show up too soon, leaving Michael scrambling for a way to escape. His near miss leads him to wonder who tried to set him up—and why. And he sets out, determined to find some answers.

Meanwhile, a New York PI named Leo Hoffer packs up and heads to London, notified that the D-Man is in town. Driven by his obsession with the hunt and the fame that comes with it—and funded by a man whose daughter was an innocent victim of the Demolition Man—Hoffer is willing to do whatever it takes to hunt the D-Man down.

Hoffer follows close behind as Michael travels from London to Scotland to Texas and finally to Washington, hunting down a religious cult that could be the source of the answers he’s looking for.

Fast-paced and suspenseful, Bleeding Hearts will have you following along with Michael, trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Michael is a fabulous antihero. Almost right from the start, you’ll like him—no matter what he does for a living. You’ll want him to get away, to get his questions answered, to outwit the fat, greasy PI, and to finally get the girl and start a new life. But the deeper you get into the story, the more complex things get and less the pieces come together. The story takes you a long way from the streets of London—and, in the end, the answers aren’t all that satisfying, and the conclusion doesn’t quite live up to the build-up. Fortunately, though, the rest of the story makes up for the less-than-stellar end. So if you choose to give Bleeding Hearts a shot, you won’t be too disappointed.

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