Whack Jobs

Bad Monkeys

By Matt Ruff

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(A)lmost everyone is a bad monkey of some kind, but only Jane Charlotte is a self-confessed member of "The Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons." Or is she? (from Publishers Weekly)
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Beat the Reaper

By Josh Bazell

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Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital..., Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwna is a hitman for the mob...Eddy Squillante is Dr. Brown's new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might-just might-be the same person ... (from description)
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Caught Stealing

By Charlie Huston

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It begins when Hank’s neighbor...has to leave town in a rush...But it isn’t until two Russians in tracksuits drag Hank over the bar at the joint where he works and beat him to a pulp that he starts to get the idea: Someone wants something from him. He just doesn’t know what it is, where it is, or how to make them understand he doesn’t have it. (from summary)
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter

By Jeff Lindsay

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Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but...(h)e’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. (from summary)
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Florida Roadkill

By Tim Dorsey

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(L)ots of people are after a suitcase full of money that got dropped in the wrong car: two bad guys, one obsessed with Florida history...and another with cocaine; one lady, who’s also a killer; and the good-guy lawyer. (from Library Journal)
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Hit Man

By Lawrence Block

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Keller...suffers from loneliness, deeply conflicted memories of childhood, and an inchoate longing for things he can't even identify...He falls into and out of a series of doomed relationships. He adopts a dog and dotes on it, neurotically. He tries psychotherapy. Keller is a modern urban Everyman – except that he makes his living as a contract killer. (from BookList)
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Once Were Cops

By Ken Bruen

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(A) psychotic Irish cop, Matthew Patrick O'Shea...blackmails his way into a green card and a police exchange program that takes him from Galway to New York City for a one-year stint with the NYPD. (from Publishers Weekly)
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Perfume: the Story of a Murderer

By Patrick Suskind

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(A) terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder. (from summary)
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Pest Control

By Bill Fitzhugh

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Bob Dillon starts his own business using his environmentally friendly technique: hybrid killer insects that eat cockroaches...Marcel, a broker who contracts for assassins, is looking for a reliable newcomer to complete a million-dollar hit. He advertises and Bob responds, neither understanding the nature of the other's "exterminating" business. (from Library Journal)
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Recycling Jimmy

By Andy Tilley

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After a bungled...suicide attempt and a subsequent hospital stay, Jimmy's life is set on a course he could never have imagined with his new best pal, fellow resident and practical joker Kevin. Together the two form a business to assist the suicidal who, like Jimmy, couldn't quite pull off dying the first time. (from summary)
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