Death & The City: Heavy Duty Edition
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Lara Leatherstone, not her real name, she got it from an internet Porn Star Name Generator - don’t ask why - is under obligation to kill paid contract killers, or as she refers to them ‘Hollywood Hit-Men’. For which she is not herself paid, having been recruited out of Care In The Community policing (as an issue, not a carer), but occasionally offered bribes of things like designer shoes, which she doesn’t need because she already has them all off internet sales, being smarter at finding a bargain than some. Her own time, when she's not under obligation or surveillance by Head Office, is spent juggling a night job in bar security, an only child with a zombie fixation, and what passes for a social life in the small hours in between. And the small matter of ongoing internal scrutiny by her own highly-self-monitoring personality disorders.
She is often distracted by her own psychotic train of thought while working, and frequently analyses the mostly dysfunctional relationships she gets to see in her job, because she’s never had one.
When her head office try to set her up in a team with a wingman, her main concern is they’re trying to manufacture a weakness that they can manipulate her with - not to mention once they agree on a working colleague, Pest-Control-sniper-turned-police-officer Connor Reeves (as it turns out, also not his real name), that he might be quite manipulative too...
This edition includes both Book One (Chapters 1-20) and Book Two (Chapters 21-40) in the series, with bonus material in the form of the original feature screenplay, Heavy Duty, written by the author in 1990 - when nightclubs were still run by The Old School...