The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins

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THE PERFECT KILL is not a book about Moawad or the Middle East. It's about the practice of assassination. It will draw on a dozen case studies from around the world, from a Mafia assassination in Queens to a gorgeous French assassin who slept with her victims before murdering them. It'll take a look at tribes in Burundi who assassinate as a matter of course, and put the question to the head of Italy's Red Brigades whether assassination works or not.

The book will avoid dry theory, letting the assassins themselves tell their stories - how they did it, what they expected to get out of an assassination, and what in fact they achieved. The assassinations that failed are as instructive as the ones that succeeded.

Much like the ART OF WAR, THE PERFECT KILL will serve as a cautionary tale that assassination rarely works. And at that it only stands a chance when the assassination is meticulously prepared. What it won't be is a handbook for fantasists and armchair warriors who believe that a broad campaign of assassination will permanently alter history in their favor. When the reader puts the book down, he'll wonder just how ready we are for a swim in this Hobbesian sewer.

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What is the definition of assassination? Robert Baer's boss at the CIA once told him, 'It's a bullet with a man's name on it.'

Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, a bloodletting without social value. Other times, it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict: one bullet, one death, case closed.

Assassination has been dramatised by literature and politicised by infamous murders throughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents ever to work for the CIA, it's a source of endless fascination. Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to India and beyond. In THE PERFECT KILL, he takes us on a wildly entertaining narrative adventure through a history of political murder, interweaving his first-hand experience and his decades-long hunt for the greatest assassin of the modern age.

A true maverick with a captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain to give a glimpse of the underbelly of world politics, and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society.

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The Perfect Kill is a meditation on the art of political murder. Baer knows his subject. (ED CAESAR THE SUNDAY TIMES)

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