Conflict of Interest Kindle Edition
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It's a fast-paced read with plenty of twists and surprises. Lauryn Christopher has a natural voice, giving heart to a character that would be otherwise unsympathetic. And, like many other bestseller-quality entertainment, Christopher gives us an insider's look at a world few of us would venture into ourselves. Not many of us would want to live there--but Christopher certainly does make it a great place to visit.
Being in first person, we are able to get a great glimpse of the thoughts and emotions that Meg is experiencing. What it's like to put your dreams on hold for someone only to be thrown to the side. Finding out that you have a sister that you never knew about. Running a highly successful and legitimate business that can only go up. Not to mention being very thorough and professional about covering your tracks. The details that Ms. Christopher describes in Conflict of Interest make the story believable and a pleasure to read.
"Conflict of Interest" has a couple things that made the story unique. First is the protagonist, Meg Harrison. The stereotypical hit-person is a lone-wolf man. He'll be amoral (almost a requirement for the job), or a psychopath as well as cold and unemotional. He'll often live off-the-grid or, if not, have a cover completely separate from his life as a assassin, with frequent "business trips" as an explanation for his disappearances to perform his contract killings.
Meg's situation couldn't be more different from the stereotype. Not only are there the obvious differences we'd expect because of gender, but her approach itself is much different. She operates as a business, with legitimate (although not totally unrelated) legal activities filling the time between her more clandestine jobs. This has many advantages with easy laundering of the money from her illegal activities one of the biggest.
Although largely unemotional about what she does, we find Meg doesn't fit the norm, as she discovers the identity of her latest victim-to-be. As a reader we're setup to want Meg's assignment to be successful, with the story conflict turning out to be just how she should define success this time around. With "Conflict of Interest,: Christopher turns the hit-man formula on its head, and in doing so gives us a surprising and entertaining read.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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