The Killing KindeBook - 2015
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Sometimes you survived by the bullet, or by the blade. Sometimes you survive by tradecraft, spotting tails and squashing bugs, But sometimes, survival came down to nothing more than swagger -- buffing big and playing it to the hilt. ...
"Okay, then, Matlock -- what do you think happened here?" "Matlock was a lawyer, dumbass -- if you wanna play all snide, at least get your reference right."
There was only one thing in this world worth killing for -- worth dying for. The lives of those you love.
"Is this the part of the movie where you say 'We're not so different, you and I'?"
The gig hitting hitters started out as retribution, of sorts. Hendricks figured once you agree to kill an innocent, you deserve whatever;s coming to you. That ridding the world of people who murder for a living was some kind of public service The irony of his chosen vocation wasn't lost on him.
(Spoiler Alert) It worked like this. Say the horse wearing number thirty-eight came in sixth. That meant the sixth letter ...
Once the sun was doused by the Pacific to the west, though, the tenor of the park -- and the Eastside neighborhood of Long Beach in which it sat -- changed. Families packed up and left. The indigents retreated to the sidewalks and stoops outside the park, or vanished from the neighborhood altogether. And then the gangs arrived.
Miami was beautiful, sure, but that beauty was as garish and artificial as the siliconed women who walked its streets.
That face was neither young nr old -- oddy wise, yet unlined, as though he'd never in his life encountered a troubling thought. ... if he passed this man on the street a month from now, he probably would not recognize him.
This man, thought Englemann, was not to be trifled with. This man, whoever he was, would be an honor to square off against. This man, he would have killed for free.
Surprised to run across this quote, but so true:
Collateral damage, the reporters back home called it, as though it were a side effect, or some minor and acceptable transgression. A sanitary term for a modern war. But war wasn't sanitary, and was wasn't modern. It was bloody and it was savage. And looking into the tear-filled eyes of those left with nothing but their grief to cling to, Hendricks had learned the lesson so few back home could grasp: no damage was collateral. Every limb lost, every hovel burned, every wife left husbandless, and every child orphaned created ripples of anger and resentment.. Create enough of them, and we'll one day wind up with a wave that will wash us off the map.
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