The Fixer: The Killing Kind
by Jill Amy Rosenblatt
on Tour April 1-18, 2017
Kat’s back and in over her head with crooks, cops... and killers.
Christmas is around the corner but professional “fixer” Katerina Mills isn't feeling the holiday spirit, juggling college classes, a lovesick cop, and demanding clients.
Obnoxious hedge fund manager Simon Marcus wants his prized Porsche back from his vengeful wife. The job is hard enough until wise guy Anthony DeSucci shows up and orders her to bring the car to him.
Rock star writer, Paul Patel needs something “special” to finish his next bestseller, something that will get Katerina a “Go Straight to Jail” card if she gets caught.
And what about mysterious Thomas Gallagher? His jobs are simple and easy. Is he just a bored billionaire, or is he watching Kat’s every move, making his own plans for her?
As the jobs heat up, handsome, elusive thief Alexander Winter re-enters Kat’s life to tutor her in all things criminal. But can she trust him?
Katerina Mills is still haunted by her first assignment...and her first assignment is about to come back to haunt her...a deadly enemy who's closer than she thinks...
Today is Good Friday. We may reflect on our lives this Holy Week and change the things we need to change. I think the essence of the Holy Week is forgiveness but it is easier said than done. I for one admits to that.
Yesterday, Holy Thursday, we went to visit seven churches--popularly known as "Visita Iglesia". It has been a custom and tradition for us to do that every Holy Week. We were supposed to walk from one church to the other as a form of penance and sacrifice in celebration of the Holy Week. For the last two years, we haven't done the walking part. We rode our mini-van. The reason for the change is because my mom who is already a senior citizen is not anymore able to walk very long distances and she has to be accommodated which is just convenient for the rest of us.
The book to be featured today may have little to do with the Holy Week. If we talk about changing for the better then this is right on the mark. The main character, Katerina Mills, is not exactly the model citizen. In fact, she is living a double life. One, being a student and the other is how she pays for her studies. Let's just say she run errands. Her clients are the rich and powerful and she gets paid in thousands in commission after completing a job.
Katerina Mills is in a way a female version of Jack Reacher only her assignments skate on the thin line between legal and the not. Oftentimes, they lean on the illegal. Like Jack Reacher, she makes the impossible doable. In this story, she got herself so deep into the thick of things that she may not be able to perform her assignments or even get out alive. Talk about interesting? Katie doesn't only have an interesting life but a very complicated and chaotic one. But only a few people know that. Her best friend doesn't even know. People who belong to different groups who are involved in shady dealings are her clients. Each of these group have interests in Katie's assignments which she had to meet. She felt like she is stretched to her limits and even if she doesn't want to admit, she needs help.
The Killing Kind is the second book in the series. Though, I have not read the first, this installment is coherent enough to understand what the story is about. Katerina Mills is one bad-ass and smart heroine. She may not exactly be a model citizen but she still has a conscience. In this story, the complexity of her assignments and the dilemma she is facing because of them has often made her think if she has to continue in this line of work or leave. But leaving is not easy. Either she disappears for good or the agency will do it for her if she can't finish the assignments as to the clients' requirements. This story revolved around Katie's difficulties in completing her work orders. The knowledge of some information that she should tell the authorities and the sense that things are getting out of her control and are way beyond her expertise are like signs telling her to pursue a different career.
Katerina Mills is a not exactly the usual heroine you root for but you will pray that she comes out of the web of deceit and danger alive. You will hope that she will get out and leave this high-stake and high-paying job for good. Her wit and her ability to charm people to help her out are her strengths. She may not be a heroine worthy of emulation but she is definitely one you can't put down. This book will take you from one dangerous and deadly assignment to the next, one overlapping the other. Katie has to juggle all these requirements and the needs of her clients while staying alive. Her adventures will leave you breathless as you run with her from one place to the next. Eluding people tailing her and trying to keep out of danger's reach. A lot of things are happening at once but it was not at all confusing or made the story hard to follow. Things got out of order here for Katie to iron out but in the end she was able to complete them and wrap them up like Christmas presents tied with red ribbons.
The ending was a clear indication that things are to be continued in the next book. I am looking forward to know what dangers are lurking in the alleys waiting for Katie. Now, I am curious as to what happened in the first book. I will have to read my copy to know.
I give this book 4/5 white Porsche cars. This is not-your-usual-damsel-in-distress story. Katerina Mills is one woman spelled with a lot of complications. A complicated life and a complicated job. Even her love life is complicated. And these complications made her story different. If you are into a fast-paced, thrilling and anything-can-happen-kind-of adventure, then this story is for you. I enjoyed this and I am wonderfully thankful that I did not get dizzy by all the tight situations Katie has gotten herself into. This was a very entertaining read.
"The gods? There are no gods in the heavens, Professor. They're living here. And they look down from the penthouse. And they move the people like pieces on the chessboard."
- Jill Amy Rosenblatt, The Fixer: The Killing Kind -
Thank you PICT for the copy.
Jill Amy Rosenblatt is the author of Project Jennifer and For Better or Worse, published by Kensington Press. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Burlington College.
“The Fixer” mystery/suspense series is Jill’s first adventure in self-publishing. The Fixer: The Naked Man (Katerina Mills, Book 1) is available in e-book and paperback formats. The second book in the series, The Fixer: The Killing Kind, released on November 28, 2016. She is currently at work on the third book of the series, The Fixer: The Last Romanov (when she’s not watching NY Rangers hockey).
She lives on Long Island.