Tor, Dec 2004, 6.99, 328 pp.
Mob hit man and part time wolfman Tony Giodone, who also freelances, meets a client named Suzi Quentin at Nick's Tavern. She wants to hire him to kill her as she no longer can stand her life, but is unable to commit suicide. She explains that her mother and her sisters treat her with contempt and are destroying any relationships she fosters. Tony is stunned by her solution, but also finds himself attracted to her with ferocity like nothing he ever felt before.
Tony is unable to kill her. Instead he wants to protect Sue from her abusive family. He persuades Sue that she has a reason to live as his love buddy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner