Whack Jobs

The Death and Life of Bobby Z

By Don Winslow

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Nobody has actually seen the legendary Laguna Beach surfer-turned-drug dealer Bobby Zacharias for years, so a nasty federal agent thinks he has a chance of passing off a lookalike in a hostage switch with a Mexican drug lord. Bobby Z's double, a career screw-up named Tim Kearney, takes the deal because it means a chance to get out of prison--where the Hell's Angels want to terminate him. (from Amazon.com)
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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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The Killer Inside Me

By Jim Thompson

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The worst thing most people can say against (Sheriff Lou Ford) is that he's a little slow and a little boring. But, then, most people don't know about the sickness – the sickness that almost got Lou put away when he was younger. The sickness that is about to surface again. (from summary)
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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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The Kill Artist

By Daniel Silva

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Art restorer Gabriel Allon, whose family was killed by Palestinian assassin, Tariq al-Hourani, is brought back to the Israeli spy network by master spy Ari Shamron, in order to thwart Tariq, who is devising a plan to kill Israel's Prime Minister. (from eSequels)
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The Dangerous Husband

By Jane Shapiro

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He is perfect for her - charming and sexy and awkward and sweet. They are forty; it is time for them to marry and shelter each other. When the honeymoon ends, as honeymoons always do, real life begins, with its surprises. (from summary)
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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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The Ethical Assassin

By David Liss

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Lem Altick, a 17-year-old door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, witnesses the murder of two potential customers in a mobile home. Fearing he'll be fingered for the crime – or worse, that he's next – Lem establishes a wary relationship with the likable killer. (from Publishers Weekly)
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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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The Gun Seller

By Hugh Laurie

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Thomas Lang...is unemployed and drifting. The only commodity he has to sell is himself. But when he is offered a contract to murder a wealthy businessman he politely declines..And in no time...(he) finds himself caught up in international intrigue, spying, violence, murder...and love. (from summary)
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