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Higher Than Jesus: Thou shalt not kill (The Hit Man Series Book 2) by [Chute, Robert Chazz]
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From the Author

After I published Bigger Than Jesus, the first book in The Hit Man Series, I got a lot of happy feedback (which I appreciated very much.) Listening to readers, I got some ideas about how the series should generally proceed: A little less swearing, more sex, more clever violence, raise the stakes ever higher and keep bring the funny. I think I delivered. I'm very happy with how Higher Than Jesus turned out. It's hardboiled and twisty suspense. The fun starts on Christmas Day, so it's my kind of Christmas story. (I also make a bold prediction about who will be president of the United States. As I write this, the election is next week. We'll see if I was right.)

I began to get sucked into exploring Jesus Diaz's criminal underworld when I came up with him in a short story in my collection Self-help for Stoners. The short story is called "The Inevitable". He's a more mature and savvy assassin in that story, but things still go awry. (I love Coen brothers' movies and it shows. Things almost always go awry.)
If you read the first story in Self-help for Stoners, you get to meet Chill again (Legs Gabrielle's big gay bodyguard.) Legs will show up in the next book, Hollywood Jesus. There's a lot of cross-pollination across most of the books, so you get to meet the most interesting characters again and see how they're doing. Well...at least those who survive.
Special thanks to loyal reader and winner of the Six Words or Less Contest, Liberty Montano. She contributed something which became integral to the plot and so won a little slice of immortality. I named a drug dealing character after her and that made for a fun chapter. I expect I'll repeat that contest for the next book as well.
Higher Than Jesus has been a fun ride. I can't wait to go deeper into Jesus's undercover life in the next book.

About the Author

Robert Chazz Chute is a former journalist, editor, speech writer and magazine columnist living in Canada. (Some would say "hiding" in Canada. They would not be wrong.) 
Chute has won seven writing awards, has a degree in journalism and philosophy and is a graduate of the Banff Publishing Workshop. He worked in traditional publishing in Toronto for several years. Now all he does is blog, podcast, write fiction and the occasional guide to writing and publishing.

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  • Publisher: Ex Parte Press; 2 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
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  • Language: English
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Jesus is a hit man who fled New York and is in Chicago doing a small job. He meets the woman oh his dreams and takes a job working for her father. If only life were that simple. This book is a terrific page-turning thriller. Can't wait for the next one in the series.

Jesus, however, is not like any hitman you've ever met before. He has, since coming over from Cuba, thoroughly absorbed American culture and can quote movies like no one's business. When he meets a girl, he can't help but quote from Casablanca. And, if you thought the author wasn't aware of Pulp Fiction, There is Jesus quoting Jules' lines from Ezekiel about the path of the righteous man and striking down with great vengeance.

What kind of a hitman gets in a discussion in a bar about whether Heath Ledger was the best Batman?

What kind of a hitman goes to twelve step meetings?

What kind of a hitman refers to himself as a smart ninja ?

The lady has a laugh like Betty Rubble.

In between all the funny cultural references is a solid, well-plotted crime thriller that is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

There is nothing slow or dull about this book.

So do we need yet another series about a hitman? Only if it's about Jesus Diaz. Only if it is filled with heart-pounding action and only if the lead character thinks about being a smart ninja and thinks about what Han Solo and Rambo would do.

A solid read. No doubts.

Allthough this is the second book in the series, it is a completely separate story from the first one. Bigger Than Jesus. It all also moves from the crime family milieu of the first book to a crime thriller story in this book. The writing here seems a bit sharper and more focused. But, if you like this, go read that first book, which is also a five star read
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Dare I say, I liked the sequel better than the original, "Bigger Than Jesus." You get more in-depth with our nearly-likable hitman Jesus Diaz and a new femme fatale in his life in Willow, who added more as his chick than the chick in the first one (for me, anyway).

The story fleshes out more of his sordid background and origins, while giving Jesus more depth as a person and not a one dimensional character you either love or hate. I found myself loving and hating him throughout, and often changing within a chapter because of the stupid decisions he sometimes makes.

I need to read the rest of this series and see where the author is leading us... so hurry up and finish these books!

Armand Rosamilia
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I would not have expected a novel about a professional hit man to be so enjoyable, and it is really quite humorous at times. It is a really good action mystery about a Cuban that was mistreated in every life situation and decided to become bad but not evil. The last sentence of the book finally tells the reader the origin of the title.
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This ain't your standard hit man story. The heroe's ongoing narrative is entertaining if at times tedious. Still it is an entertaining slice of pulp full of action. Some worthy villans, twists of story, and off of the wall characters keep you reading.
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Cuban hitman, Jesus Diaz, is back in a new adventure from the twisted mind of suspense writer Robert Chazz Chute. Having escaped his former mob associates in New York, Jesus ("Don't call me Jee-zuss, it's pronounced Hay-soose") is hiding out in Chi-town, waiting for the heat to burn off or for someone to step out of a dark alley and end the suspense.

It's Christmas Eve, the perfect time to pull a job. Hey, he's gotta eat and the father of a tall blond Amazon woman wants her drug dealer taken out. Jesus has been tailing the guy for a week - well, half the time on the dealer and half watching the beautiful daughter. Is it just the sentimentality of the holidays or is he falling for Willow for real?

Things go wrong in the course of the perfect hit and Jesus finds out things he wasn't supposed to know and now he's involved in an arms trade gone wrong. Two rival factions want the goods and are willing to kill to get them. Jesus agrees to work with his new love's father to take out the heavies from one gang for a cut of the profits.

But, as always in the criminal underworld, there's the double cross and the triple cross, there are lies and there are diversions. It's going to take all of Jesus's considerable skills and cunning, and the help of a homeless vet and a large, gay bodyguard, just to keep himself and Willow alive. He'll need to clear his mind of all the drugs he's been taking and get the job done.

A quick-moving plot with lots of surprises and a clear-eyed examination of addiction (yes, the title refers to that kind of high), this is another great installment in the ongoing "Hitman" series. Looking forward to future adventures.
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