Ajuste de Contas é uma estreia de mestre, um thriller arrebatador que nos faz mergulhar no universo negro do crime puro e duro. O protagonista é Smoke Dugan, especializado no fabrico de bombas para uma organização criminosa. Mas este homem tem o seu código de ética próprio, e quando sabe que um dos seus engenhos fez explodir um avião com cerca de duas centenas de inocentes a bordo decide vingar-se do chefe mafioso para quem trabalha assassinando-o, roubando–lhe 2,5 milhões de dólares e fugindo para parte incerta… Agora, na mira de três assassinos do mais elevado calibre, Dugan vê-se envolto numa crescente espiral de violência da qual dificilmente sairá com vida… Um policial engenhoso, literalmente explosivo.
“Denny Cruz had murderer’s eyes.
That’s why the waiter never looked at him. It wasn’t the four-inch scar that came down the side of his face like a jagged stretch of highway — the scar that he left there against all the best advice of well-meaning people.
‘Hey Cruz, you got the money, why don’t you get rid of that scar?’ someone would say to him.
‘Because I want to remember,’ he would answer in a voice that rose just barely above a whisper. In Cruz’s experience, you didn’t need to talk loud to get people’s attention.
‘Yeah, but one day a witness is gonna see that thing and you’re gonna go down.’
‘I don’t leave witnesses.’
It wasn’t the scar. And it wasn’t his slim, razor-sharp body. No. It was the eyes. Even now, after all these years, some mornings Cruz was startled to see those eyes looking back at him in the mirror. He had seen the same eyes in newspaper pictures from Rwanda.Men who had hacked thousands of innocent women and children apart with machetes, men who lived forty-deep in small, unlit cells, waiting to go on trial for genocide.”