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Hostile Takeover: John Lago Series, Book 3
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In the sequel to Shane Kuhn's bestselling The Intern's Handbook, professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet—his wife—in a thriller that has "all of the testosterone-bloated wisdom of Tucker Max mixed with the satire of American Psycho" (Entertainment Weekly).
At the end of The Intern's Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the "placement agency" that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high profile targets. As HR's former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom.

Then Alice takes on a new HR target, and John is forced to return to the office battlefield in a role he swore he would never play again: the intern. What starts out as a deadly showdown turns into the two of them fighting side by side to save HR, Inc.—and their marriage.

"Those who like Dexter will love John Lago" (Booklist), and this in this suspenseful sequel to The Intern's Handbook, author Shane Kuhn's wildly clever antihero needs to use all his wits to land on top. "Far grittier than a Bond film and infused with the mind-bending, identity-shifting elements of, say, Mission: Impossible, Hostile Takeover is fun, smart, and jam-packed with serious splatter and gore. Lago's canny shenanigans will keep you riveted, from its taut opening pages to its explosive, cinematic ending" (The Boston Globe).
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At the end of The Intern’s Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the “placement agency” that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high profile targets. As HR’s former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom.

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In the sequel to Shane Kuhn's bestselling The Intern's Handbook, professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet—his wife—in a thriller that has "all of the testosterone-bloated wisdom of Tucker Max mixed with the satire of American Psycho" (Entertainment Weekly).
At the end of The Intern's Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the "placement agency" that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high profile targets. As HR's former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom.

Then Alice takes on a new HR target, and John is forced to return to the office battlefield in a role he swore he would never play again: the intern. What starts out as a deadly showdown turns into the two of them fighting side by side to save HR, Inc.—and their marriage.

"Those who like Dexter will love John Lago" (Booklist), and this in this suspenseful sequel to The Intern's Handbook, author Shane Kuhn's wildly clever antihero needs to use all his wits to land on top. "Far grittier than a Bond film and infused with the mind-bending, identity-shifting elements of, say, Mission: Impossible, Hostile Takeover is fun, smart, and jam-packed with serious splatter and gore. Lago's canny shenanigans will keep you riveted, from its taut opening pages to its explosive, cinematic ending" (The Boston Globe).
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        May 25, 2015
        When newlywed hit man John Lago and his former nemesis, Alice, cap their bespoke Manhattan nuptials by bumping off
        their boss at Human Resources Inc.—a boutique contract assassination firm with the genius MO of getting killers close to otherwise inaccessible targets by placing them as interns—the couple expect some blowback. But nothing even their exquisitely twisted imaginations can conjure comes remotely close to the smoke and mirrors scenario that unfolds in this sardonically funny and psychologically astute sequel to Kuhn’s debut, 2014’s The Intern’s Handbook. Nor does anything prepare the sizzling hot duo, now partnering uneasily as co-CEOs of the thriving HR Inc., for the marathon mayhem that ensues once their bone-deep distrust turns them back into each other’s deadliest enemies. Though character soon takes a back seat to the inspired multiplex-ready execution scenarios of the bullet-train plot, readers ready for a cartoonishly enjoyable adventure shouldn’t mind a bit. Agent: Hannah Brown Gordon, Foundry Literary + Media.

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        May 1, 2015
        The yuppie assassin of The Intern's Handbook (2014) confesses to an FBI interrogator how he battled traitors, government agents, good old boys, and his own smoking-hot wife. John Lago's stint at Human Resources, Inc., which trains young professionals as killers and then embeds them in organizations that need to be destroyed, has ended with a bang. Now that he's been captured, he's being interrogated by FBI Assistant Director Winton Fletcher about his life of comic-book crime. Prodded to a series of extended flashbacks, JL recalls several violent acquaintances from his wonder years, his successful liquidations of hedge-fund partner/heroin trader Kiana Nguyen and online dating guru Dr. Love, and his glorious tenure as co-director of HR, which began when he and his equally lethal love, Alice, celebrated their nuptials by their spectacular murder of Bob II, who'd grabbed the HR reins after JL killed his predecessor, Bob. Months pass in the kind of bliss marked by steamy sex and nonstop assassination contracts, but then those inevitable domestic blues turn JL and Alice against each other as each one seeks to infiltrate Chinese Industrial Solutions, Inc. and neutralize the other. Kuhn works like a beaver to inflate this last score by making a mystery of the real power behind HR, but the whole enterprise is so episodic that it reads like a collection of cheerfully over-the-top short stories capped by a novella in the same key. "I'm not most people," reflects JL. True. His closest fictional counterparts, as he'd be the first to admit, are drawn from movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the Roadrunner cartoons.

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        Starred review from May 15, 2015
        Master assassin John Lago, introduced in Kuhn's bombshell debut, The Intern's Handbook (2014), is in even finer form in this explosive follow-up. Now a captive of the FBI, Lago recounts tracking down Alice, who's both his nemesis (she keeps trying to kill him) and the love of his life. He proposes, they wedwearing handmade togs by Vera Wang and Tom Fordand his wedding gift is an exquisitely planned massacre providing the extremely hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., their former employer. But bliss never lasts. Alice works freelance, John within an organization. He's concerned that an unknown puppet master really controls HR (which provides young assassins masquerading as virtually invisible interns to take down targets), while she worries about an FBI mole. Will the course of true love for these totally disconnected psychopaths run smooth? The ridewith a side trip to Mexico, where Lago is honed into an even more effective killing machineis suspenseful, bloody, and eminently entertaining. Kuhn can spin a fine phrase (a cold day, he says, is like Flannery O'Connor's last breathraw and as hard as the hammer of divine retribution ), and his smart, witty prose carries the day in this masterfully plotted mayhem with more than a touch of wry.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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