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Joe Haldeman’s “adept plotting, strong pacing, and sense of grim stoicism have won him wide acclaim” (The Washington Post) and numerous honors for such works as The Forever War, The Accidental Time Machine, and the Marsbound trilogy. Now, the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author pits a lone war veteran against a mysterious enemy who is watching his every move—and threatens him with more than death unless he kills for them.

Wounded in combat and honorably discharged nine years ago, Jack Daley still suffers nightmares from when he served his country as a sniper, racking up sixteen confirmed kills. Now a struggling author, Jack accepts an offer to write a near-future novel about a serial killer, based on a Hollywood script outline. It’s an opportunity to build his writing career, and a future with his girlfriend, Kit Majors.

But Jack’s other talent is also in demand. A package arrives on his doorstep containing a sniper rifle, complete with silencer and ammunition—and the first installment of a $100,000 payment to kill a “bad man.” The twisted offer is genuine. The people behind it are dangerous. They prove that they have Jack under surveillance. He can’t run. He can’t hide. And if he doesn’t take the job, Kit will be in the crosshairs instead.

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Joe Haldeman is an American novelist, one of the leading authors of modern sf USA (he also wrote detective stories). Born 1943-06-09 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, graduated from the University of the Oklahoma. Maryland in College Park with diplomas in physics and astronomer, where he completed his graduate school, after which he was drafted into the army. He was seriously wounded in Vietnam, awarded the Order of the Purple Heart; Vietnamese impressions are reflected in the realistic novel War Year (1972). After demobilization, he defended his thesis in the specialty "liberal arts" at the University of the state. Iowa (in Iowa City); taught at the same university, worked as an editor at the publishing house of popular science literature; currently teaches one-semester creative science courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge); since 1970 - professional writer. First SF publication - Out of Phase (1969). Lives in Gainesville, Florida. The Vietnamese exper...

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Joe Haldeman is an American novelist, one of the leading authors of modern sf USA (he also wrote detective stories). Born 1943-06-09 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, graduated from the University of the Oklahoma. Maryland in College Park with diplomas in physics and astronomer, where he completed his graduate school, after which he was drafted into the army. He was seriously wounded in Vietnam, awarded the Order of the Purple Heart; Vietnamese impressions are reflected in the realistic novel War Year (1972). After demobilization, he defended his thesis in the specialty "liberal arts" at the University of the state. Iowa (in Iowa City); taught at the same university, worked as an editor at the publishing house of popular science literature; currently teaches one-semester creative science courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge); since 1970 - professional writer. First SF publication - Out of Phase (1969). Lives in Gainesville, Florida. The Vietnamese experience has left an imprint on the entire work of Haldeman - one of the leading representatives of the "left", pacifist movement in modern American SF; Constantly polemicizing with fellow writers from the opposite camp (R. Heinlein, D. Purnell and others), Haldeman never ceases to emphasize the absurdity and inhumanity of war - this, in particular, is devoted to his anthology "Stop engaging in war" [Study War No More ] (1977). The success of the writer brought early stories and novellas, in particular, the poignant anti-militarist novella Hero (1972), rewritten into Haldeman`s most famous novel, Forever War (1974; Hugo -75; Nebula -74 ), which is a sharp polemic with R. Heinlein`s Starship Troopers and a transparent metaphor for the Vietnam War. The heroes of the novel are cosmic landsknechts of the distant future, recruited by unknown star "strategists" who make up a gestalt society; by instantaneous movements through the collapsar stars, mercenaries are constantly transported into an alien future, gradually losing any idea of ​​what and against whom they are fighting, and in addition, they risk arriving on a new battlefield with fairly outdated weapons. Experimental (in the spirit of John Dos Passos and "Stopover in Zanzibar" by D. Branner) novel "The Bridge of Thought" [Mindbridge] (1976) turned out to be stylistically interesting, but unnecessarily intricate plot; the novel is about the future, where teleportation and telepathy create additional problems for those living in it. Also in the chaotic near future, All My Sins Remembered (1977) is set; a fragment of which is the story "In accordance with the crime" (1971) and the trilogy: Joe Haldeman "Worlds" (1981; others - "Promised Worlds"), "Worlds Apart" (1983; others - "Worlds beyond"), "Enough worlds and time" [Worlds Enough and Time] (1992; others - "Worlds are indomitable"). In the first novel, personality is a plaything in the hands of political elites; in the trilogy, earthly civilization is teetering on the brink of a nuclear war, which is happening, after which all hope is placed on orbiting space settlements. Haldeman`s subsequent novels are Tool of the Trade (1987), Buying Time (1989; others - The Long Habit of Living), and co-written with his brother, Jack Haldeman (also author of SF), There Is No Darkness (1983) proved to be less successful. Haldeman`s stories and stories have been compiled into collections - Infinite Dreams (1979), Dealing With Future (1985); the stories stand out: "Three Centennial" (1976; "Hugo" -77) and "Image" (1991), as well as the story "Hemingway`s Prank" (1990; "Hugo" -91; "Nebula" -90), rewritten into the novel " The Hemingway Hoax (1990). © Vladimir Gakov Joe Haldeman`s official website: http://home.earthlink.net/~haldeman