Today on the author blog, Leland Lydecker reviews Armand Rosamilia’s Dirty Deeds.

I get paid to erase problems.

Did your extramarital affair produce an unwanted complication? Family problems? Just want to enjoy your midlife crisis by yourself?

That’s where I come in. For a fee I’ll take care of it. A big fee.

Dirty Deeds is a crime novel with a twist– and not the kind you’d expect. The protagonist is an aging hitman with a big secret: he spirits away the children he’s been paid to kill, setting them up with an adoption agency that places them with loving new families. Or at least, so he thinks.

Unfortunately, things are starting to go wrong for our heroic hitter. He’s been set up, and one of his past targets has tracked him down –and revenge is on the kid’s mind.

Dirty Deeds is easily one of the most enjoyable crime novels I’ve read recently. It’s packed with gritty, believable characters, plot twists, and enough violence to make it feel wholly authentic without turning into a blood bath. This is gripping fare, and Rosamilia’s writing is truly fun to read.

I didn’t find the ending as jarring as other readers seem to have. (The reviews on Amazon are full of people complaining about the “cliff-hanger” ending.) The story wrapped up fairly conclusively before the arrival of the hook for the sequel, and it didn’t make me feel that the narrative had concluded without a real ending.

As far as I’m concerned, Dirty Deeds has more than earned a five star rating. I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel in the future! If you’d like to check it out, you can find it on Amazon in ebook, print, and audiobook formats.

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