In a polished and smoothly written first novel, Friedman has created a tale that is suspenseful, entertaining, and a powerful statement about gun control at the same time. When a group of schoolchildren are gunned down by a madman on their own playground, one of the grieving fathers decides to take revenge in an unorthodox way--he hires a highly skilled hit man to kill the spokesperson for the National Association of Gun Owners (NAGO). Once that deed is accomplished, NAGO's top brass send their own ``hit man,'' Security Chief Jamison Conners, to find the killer and exact revenge. Suddenly, the hunter becomes the hunted, and a chilling game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Friedman combines deft characterization with a fast-moving narrative, a soupcon of mystery, and a final twist to make this a fine page-turner. This is recommended for all fiction collections.-- Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, Ind.