Work Done for Hire (Hardcover)

By Joe Haldeman

Ace Books, 9780425256886, 278pp.

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/6/2014)
Mass Market (12/30/2014)

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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.

About the Author

Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels" The Forever War "and "Forever Peace "both have the rare honor of having won the Hugo and Nebula awards. He has served twice as president of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His other novels include "The Accidental Time Machine" and the Marsbound Trilogy: "Marsbound," "Starbound," and "Earthbound."

Praise For Work Done for Hire

Praise for Joe Haldeman,
Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Awards

“If there was a Fort Knox for the science fiction writers who really matter, we’d have to lock Haldeman up there.”—Stephen King

“Haldeman has long been one of our most aware, comprehensive, and necessary writers. He speaks from a place deep within the collective psyche and, more importantly, his own. His mastery is informed with a survivor’s hard-won wisdom.”—Peter Straub

“[Haldeman’s] prose is as clear and engaging as his ideas.”—The New York Times Book Review

“One of science fiction’s most reliable practitioners.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Haldeman remains a nimble, necessary figure in sci-fi’s pantheon.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[Haldeman’s] prose is laconic, compact, seemingly offhand but quite precise…Like the grammar of cinema, it is a mode that looks natural and even easy but requires exacting skill.”
—The Washington Post

“Joe Haldeman has quietly become one of the most important science fiction writers of our time…If you haven’t discovered the appeal of Haldeman’s unique brand of science fiction, it’s time you did.”—Rocky Mountain News