Deadly Honeymoon by Lawrence Block
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Dave and Jill are just beginning their honeymoon when they witness a murder. The killers give Dave a savage beating and rape Jill while Dave can only listen helplessly. But they made one mistake. They let them live...
Deadly Honeymoon is a fairly standard revenge plot, masterfully paced by the esteemed Lawrence Block. I picked this up after reading about it in Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, Block's spectacular writing book. It's a good example of building suspense.
Dave and Jill aren't hugely detailed characters. Block's done a lot better but this was really early in his career. The couple's tracking down of their enemies was believable and well done. The story felt a little dated at times but was still an enjoyable read. It was almost orgasmic when the hitmen finally got what was coming to them.
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