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Martyn V. Halm
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Martyn V. Halm lives in Amsterdam, with his wife Maaike, two children, two cats, and countless imaginary characters vying for attention. Writing realistic crime fiction is hard work. Martyn is a stickler for verisimilitude in fiction, even if that requires learning new skills. When your... show more
Martyn V. Halm lives in Amsterdam, with his wife Maaike, two children, two cats, and countless imaginary characters vying for attention.

Writing realistic crime fiction is hard work. Martyn is a stickler for verisimilitude in fiction, even if that requires learning new skills. When your protagonist is a seasoned killer, research can take you right up to Nietzsche's abyss. Luckily, things get easier after the first kill. And, apart from being an accomplished prevaricator, Martyn already possessed several skills that qualified him to write the Amsterdam Assassin Series.
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Crime, Suspense, Thriller
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Amber's Thoughts
Amber's Thoughts rated it 1 year ago
One of Martyn V. Halm’s many gifts as a writer is his ability to get inside the mind and heart of a protagonist who ought to be unsympathetic and to make the character’s experience so compelling that the reader roots for him. Wolfgang, narrator of this suspenseful tale, is professional pickpocket. H...
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Amber's Thoughts rated it 2 years ago
This long short story or short novella is one of the four of its kind that make up the Amsterdam Assassin Series along with three full-length novels. (I’m glad to know that a fourth is on the way.) One of the many things I like about this series is that Halm’s style is so unique and his characters s...
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Amber's Thoughts rated it 3 years ago
Freelance assassin Katla takes on a “corporate troubleshooting” job with an elaborate and devious plan requiring her to use her skills in everything from automotive repair (and its opposite) to interpersonal manipulation, as she tricks other people into helping her succeed. This story is suspenseful...
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Amber's Thoughts rated it 3 years ago
This is a tight little puzzle of a story, every step precisely described so that the reader feels what it’s like to be Katla, the free-lance assassin, completing a job. Halm has the remarkable ability to engage the reader. His research is thorough. This is an unusual story, and more disturbing than ...
Amber's Thoughts
Amber's Thoughts rated it 3 years ago
As a confirmed fan of this series, I found it fascinating to go back to freelance assassin Katla’s early career, and see her developing her homicidal enterprise. It’s oddly true to life somehow that she’s more nervous about her sales pitch for it than she is about actually doing the work. In this lo...
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