Evil versus evil
Conrad Bland has slaughtered tens of millions, a butcher vastly worse than Hitler. He has never considered not killing anyone who stood in his way.
He takes refuge on Walpurgis III, a planet settled by various cults of devil worshippers. He is the manifestation of the evil they revere, but now that they have come face-to-face with their beliefs, the cults desperately want Bland to be removed from their lives, their world, and entirely from existence.
So Walpurgis III contacts Jericho, the greatest assassin in the galaxy, to rid them of Conrad Bland. But once the assassin arrives and begins to make his bloody way toward Bland’s headquarters, the people—especially John Sable, the top policeman on the planet—must face an excruciating choice.
Who is more dangerous, the man who kills from compulsion? Or the man who kills from calculation?
From the Hugo and Nebula Winning Author
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About the Author
Mike Resnick (1942) is an American science fiction author. He has the distinction of being nominated for 37 Hugo Awards, mostly in the category of "short stories", more than any other author. He was also executive editor of the online science fiction magazine Jim Baen's Universe. He is the father of award winning science fiction author Laura Resnick.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lot of Resnick books are about a super criminal being hunted by a super bounty hunter/assassin in the far future, and this book is no exception. Luckily, this is the sort of story he tells very well. The trouble here is that the criminal (Conrad Bland) fancies himself Satan incarnate, intent on killing everything and everyone in his path. Which would be fine - his quotes at the beginning of each chapter are often scandalously amusing - but he's decided to base himself on the planet Walpurgis, a haven for a large number of Satanic religions. This is where things get a little silly. Told from the alternating viewpoints of the assassin (Jericho) as he attempts to find Bland, and the chief of police (John Sable) as he tracks down Jericho for killing random civilians in his jurisdiction. There's a little bit of "who's more evil, the man who kills compulsively or the one who does it emotionlessly as a means to an end," but this is overshadowed by the focus on the fairly ridiculous religious practices of the assorted sects of Satan-worshippers. I guess if you're easily shocked and titillated, this might be a delightfully scandalous read, but I could have skipped this one and been none the worse for wear.