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If I Should Die Before I Wake

If I Should Die Before I Wake - Gabriel Boutros I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

This is a very short book. It is hard to sympathize with the two main characters. Simon Wallis is a criminal on the run from his boss after he is discovered embezzling money. Frank Burke is the assassin sent to Montreal to kill him. If Simon is unlikable, Frank is a pure psychopath, ready to kill anyone to protect his identity. Though both are well drawn, we don't learn a great deal about either's past. And we don't need to. The thrill of the chase and its ultimate outcome is enough.

Boutros expertly weaves the two stands of his tale into a cohesive story. He draws often ironic parallels in the two men's experiences. For example, the hitman dreams of being on the run while his prey has dreams of being the hunter. The ending took me by surprise, but was quite apt.

All in all, an excellent if short read.