Simon & Schuster, April 2002, 22.00, 220 pp.
He was earning a history degree when he veered one hundred and eighty degrees off course to become a free lance hit man. He works for a secret service organization in Great Britain but always knows he could accept employment elsewhere. His latest assignment is to kill Dave Bostridge, an American in a Russian hotel.
Two years later, J.J. aka William Hoffman is plying his trade when something unexpected happens, the predator becomes the prey. Everyone in his organization is being killed and J.J. doesn't know why. Ironically, it is at the Vermont bed and breakfast inn of Mr. Bostridge's family that JJ begins to get a glimmer of what started two years ago and is supposed to end with his life.
Surprisingly enough, J.J. isn't a character that will turn readers off but an enigma that the audience will want to figure out. The plot is basically simple and easy to follow but it is the characters and how they interact with J.J. that make PEOPLE DIE a very unusual and refreshing tour. Kevin Wignall has talent to create an anti-hero that will live on in the audience's memory.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner