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Upgunned by David J. Schow
Cover Artist: Tim Bradstreet
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Thomas Dunne Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312571375
Date: 14 February 2012 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Elite, Hollyweird fashion photographer, Elias McCabe, is abducted at gunpoint by a professional assassin, Chambers (a.k.a. Gun Guy, a.k.a. Jack Vickers). Elias is forced to take incriminating photographs of a dead man, Dominic Sharps of LAPD's Special Tactical Wing, who is posed to look as though he is still alive and having sex with a prostitute named Cognac. Afterwards, Elias is released unharmed and paid for his silence; foolishly, he posts on YouTube a video of Chambers confessing his crime. Chambers' boss, Mal Boyd, goes ballistic and orders the assassin to clean up his mess. Elias flees to New York City after learning that his friends and associates are being viciously murdered in various methods intended to frame him.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Elias McCabe is having one hell of a night: He gets kidnapped at gunpoint by a professional hit man and is forced to shoot blackmail photos of a prominent politician. Things go wrong with the shoot... very wrong. When the night is over, Elias is scared to death...and ten thousand dollars richer. If he keeps his mouth shut. But he doesn't--and now the hit man has targeted him for payback.

As a desperate amateur in the games of death, Elias is up against a seasoned pro.  As his entire life slides into the abyss, he has to stay alive by inventing new ways, moment-by-moment, to avoid, misdirect, and finally confront his ever-more-determined murderer as corpses and collateral damage stack up coast-to-coast in their wake.

(Source: Thomas Dunne Books)

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