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The title refers to protagonist Matt Beck's profession. He is a professional gunslinger. Interestingly, he always kills his victims in self-defense. Beck has his own code for living; it's his way of coping with his unusual career. The reader's first glimpse of Beck's cold nature occurs in the opening scene of the novel when he deals with one of his victims. The man begs for his life, but killing him is just part of the job for Beck. Such a cold man might seem like an unsympathetic protagonist, but Beck is utterly fascinating.
There is an element of mystery in The Assassin. When Beck rides into Galena, Arizona, his reason is unclear. It is a rainy night, so he could simply be seeking shelter. Of course, that is not the reason for Beck's stop in Galena. He has a job in town. That means someone has to die. The question that hangs throughout most of the novel surrounds his victim. Beck doesn't reveal the identity of his target until near the end of the novel. James does a great job of building the suspense around Beck's target. There are several possible victims, and Beck never tips his hand. The most important part of his job is the mind game that comes before the gunfight.
The plot is actually deceptively simple. Beck has a job to complete in Galena.Read more ›