Kevin Wignall gives us a lean and sometimes
affecting thriller in Who Is Conrad Hirst?. The title character is a hit man who wants to retire but first he must eliminate the four men who know his identity. After killing one he finds the other three dead or disappeared and soon discovers that things he thought he knew about the people who employed him are lies. Wignall succeeds in injecting a good bit of humanity into a protagonist who is a ruthless killer in this fast-paced yet thought provoking book.