The trapdoor opened out onto a flat roof that was a little higher than most of its neighbors. Up top, Jez crouched by Viktor’s side and surveyed the other rooftops for signs of life. He took off his sandals and slung the AK over his shoulder. Viktor went ahead and he followed.
Swiftly, they crossed from one building to the next, jumped over narrow alleys, and occasionally used the apex of a slant roof to get a broader view. On the streets below, the bluster of the working day had calmed. But closer to the town centre a man stood on a rooftop, smoking. A big man with too thick a black moustache, incongruous under a baldhead. He stared blankly into the twilight sky as he drew long on a dark cigarette, maybe a cheroot. A Levant kaftan cloak hung open, revealing a collar and tie from earlier toils.
“Shit,” Viktor exclaimed. “He would have to be on one of the roofs we have to go over.”
“Do we take him down?” Jez asked, and, hearing a voice that sounded a little tinny, was disappointed to recognize it as his own.
Set against the backdrop of Soviet, post-war Russia, Birth of an Assassin follows the transformation of Jez Kornfeld from wide-eyed recruit to avenging outlaw. Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution and institutionalized corruption, the elite Jewish soldier is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.
Genre - Thriller, Crime, Suspense
Rating – R
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