He saves the life of an idealistic young journalist who has been targeted for execution. The only way to keep her safe is to smuggle her into Texas. Working with the only untouchable cops in the city, and a bounty hunter whose motives are unclear, Milton must keep her safe until the crossing can be made.
But when the man looking for her is the legendary assassin Santa Muerta - Saint Death - that's a lot easier said than done.
What I liked: I think I mentioned before that John Milton, while the top assassin for a secret government department, is portrayed as an individual with everyday problems and remorse for previous actions. He's very smart but not some super duper James Bond type.
I think another thing I like about this series so far is it's relevant with the world today. I think just about everyone knows the drug lords in Mexico more or less run the country. I also can relate to all the changes that have occurred on the Texas border in Cidudad Juarez, Mexico. I've been there many years ago when it was a fantastic place for tourists. Now, it's the murder capital of the world.
This time round, John (Smith/Milton) is helping a journalist flee a drug cartel. She's been blogging about the abduction and murder of young women in Juarez. She and her partner finally have a witness willing to come forward with her story and who is exactly responsible for the murders. Unfortunately, the cartel intervenes and there you have the plot for the story. It just so happens, John is in the cafe when the cartel attacks and when he gets the bit between his teeth to help someone, John can be a bulldog with a bone.
John Smith against a huge drug cartel. Who would win and what would the damage be? That's just one of John's problems, his old organization is also looking for him so he needs to keep a low profile. With justice on his mind, John, is anything but invisible.
What I didn't like: This is not a bad thing per say but you can definitely tell the author, Mark Dawson, is British. Some of his words threw for a second or two but you can tell what he means by the context and it doesn't detract from the plot or the story. I guess what I'm trying to say is it's not jarring to the reader.
Overall, I liked Saint Death just a bit more than the previous book, The Cleaner. I can see Mr Dawson's growth just in the time between the books. He's very creative in his story lines but very believable.