Book Review: Assassin


Author: Shaun Hutson
Title: Assassin
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 9780751501971
‘Until now, Frank Harrison had ruled gangland but it looked as if that reign was about to end in blood..’


I’ve talked about this book before but I didn’t go into masses of detail. Now I have the chance to and I’d like to express my love eternal for this author and his mastery of all things gross and minging.

I’m not a squeamish person, not by a long shot, but as I read this book during my lunch hours, there were instances when I had to stop chewing. …just in case. More clinical, perhaps, than some of his later work, but part of the reason I like it here is because the cold, factual nature of death (in his descriptions) perfectly matches the chilled, calculating detachment of some of the primary characters.

Its a book rammed full of bad guys and very few good guys. I love the fact that the bad guys are taught a firm (if exceptionally bloody and painful) lesson, even though two (by my count) seem to get away scot free (aside from serious physiological issues). Even the good guy(s?) suffer a little, as if to make sure that the message is loud and clear; life can be hard, its often shit; you have to just keep on truckin.’

I love reading about Frank Harrison and Ray Carter. They are different enough that my emotions have range, but similar enough that I can (almost) wag my finger in a I-told-you-so fashion when things start to go wrong. No spoilers from me, but I do enjoy a sense that Shaun, in his own violently icky way, is reminding us that crime doesn’t pay. For anybody.

Incidentally, this is is an early piece of his work and I really can see (in some of my older scrawlings), where I tried to ape his style. Certainly not so obvious any more (his writing has matured, mine certainly has and I write very different stories now) but I feel kinda warmed that I was able to catch some of his ick in my work. ^_^

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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