MURDER BY THE BOOK

A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR HIT MEN IS LINKED TO A GRISLY MURDER. SHOULD THE PUBLISHER BE HELD LIABLE?

Shooting to kill is best done at close range, but stand at least three feet back to avoid getting blood spattered on your clothing. You'll want to use a silencer, which you can easily make from common hardware. And aim for the eye sockets; a shot anywhere else in the head might leave the victim alive. Such is the wisdom of Hit Man, a step-by-step guide to succeeding in the paid-killer trade. Author Rex Feral, a pen name that's ersatz Latin for "king of the wild animals," insists that this $10 murder-for-hire manual provides a public service. Sometimes, Feral explains, a...

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