Wrong Man Down

A Millie Henshawe Novel

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
282 Pages
Reviewed on 01/28/2021
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Wrong Man Down by Jerry Masinton, Millie Henshawe is a professional assassin for a specialized contract killing agency, Continental Removals in Boston owned by Ralph Klammer. Her assignment seems simple; travel to Kansas airport and take out her target, gang boss Sheldon Kukich, as he places his luggage in his car. As she waits patiently with her gun hidden in a fake baby bump, Millie receives a call from Ralph. Kukich is now leaving the airport via a limousine. She cannot leave any witnesses so the driver has to be eliminated too. To Millie this is not personal, it is simply business. As events unfold, Millie and Ralph become targets themselves, the hunters are now being hunted. As the duo haplessly tries to foil detection by leaving clues for the police to find, they find themselves becoming more and more entrenched in trouble.

If you enjoy a story with wacky, unconventional characters, action, and side-splitting dry humor, then you are going to love this comical novel. The dialogue throughout is sharp and witty and the exchanges between Ralph and Millie are fantastic. I loved Millie as a character; she was no-nonsense, fearless, and ruthless, and was consistently underestimated by her male victims to their cost. The plot moves forward consistently and the obstacles both Ralph and Millie have to overcome make for a very compelling read. I loved how Jerry Masinton described some of the characters; he used analogies brilliantly. For example, a chin like Jay Leno and built like a fire hydrant. There are also amazing twists and turns to Wrong Man Down which were clever, original, and again extremely funny. I am definitely a fan of Millie Henshawe and cannot wait for the second book in the series, Who’s Who Among the Dead.

Susan Sewell

A female Philip Marlow gun-for-hire becomes entangled in a mobster hit that goes awry in the comedic novel, Wrong Man Down (A Millie Henshawe Novel) by Jerry Masinton. Professional assassin Millie Henshawe has had better days. Her newest contract demands that she do away with a man at an international airport. Even worse, the client changes the venue at the last minute, placing her in a dangerous position. Inevitably, things head south, forcing Millie to take matters into her own hands, incidentally involving a civilian in the hit. In a bizarre turn of events, her hit's body goes missing, and his identification is found on a distinctively different, unidentified body. The client is complaining that she didn't fulfill her contract and is coming after her. A target is now on her back, and Millie finds herself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Can she use her ingenuity and experience to turn the tables?

Written in the style of the noir film, Get Shorty, Wrong Man Down (A Millie Henshawe Novel) by Jerry Masinton is an explosively funny story with a surprising twist. While the use of archaic language was amusing and kept the story entertaining and intriguing, the characters were original and captivating. The main character, Millie, is a perfectionist, efficient, and very self-aware, giving contrast to her boss, the donut-obsessed Ralphie. Although the sub-characters are all charming, the driver, Jauncey, is a perfect foil for Millie. The writing style is enjoyable and humorous. The plotline and pacing are excellently crafted, creating an unforgettable tale of death and destruction. Filled to the brim with gunplay, explosions, and laugh-out-loud situations, this brilliant novel is a must-read for fans of noir fiction.

Rabia Tanveer

Wrong Man Down is the first novel in the Millie Henshawe series by Jerry Masinton. The story follows Millie Henshawe, a professional assassin who exclusively works for Continental Removals. Her new target is Sheldon Kukich. Kukich is a gang boss, and his death is awaiting him at her hands. However, he doesn’t get off the plane, and now Millie has no idea what she should do now. When the plans change, Millie is left to decide what she should do under these extraordinary circumstances. Kukich might already be dead, and whoever killed him could be after Millie. Millie is a shooter, a fighter, and above all, a woman with a great mind. There is nothing Millie can do to stop the hit on her, but she can find out why she is a target and stop the person from coming after her before they kill her.

Wrong Man Down is perhaps the best murder mystery I have ever read. Instead of just a run of the mill whodunnit story, this is an original story that takes flight from the very first page and keeps the adrenaline pumping until the last page. While the overall story is exceptional, the dialogues and character development are off-the-charts good. They add more depth to the story, make the characters a lot more interesting, and allow readers to love it all even more. The situations are hilarious at times, and I was surprised by the level of maturity and strength Millie shows. Her relationship with Ralph made the story a lot more entertaining. The pace is perfect for the plot because it is fast but not too much to overwhelm readers. Millie’s character arc is fantastically brought to light. It is a phenomenal start to a new series that is bound to make some noise.