|A great yarn. What I especially liked about it was that I thought I had it pegged, and I was wrong. About halfway through the story, I figured Daisy was the target, but what I wasn't figuring on was that Conrad had known she was the hit and had set her up for the kill. At least I think that's what's going on here. For a moment, I thought I was mistaken because I thought the assassin would get out of there right after the shot and wouldn't expose himself by leaving his cover and approaching his victim, out in the open. But I think the rationale here is that he needed to get close, to confirm the kill.
The other possibility, of course, is that I was right in the first place, that Conrad didn't know Daisy was the target, that the note she was clutching and the hat she was wearing were from someone else, the finger man, or the man who hired Conrad. And the more I think about it, the more I believe that this is what's going on, especially given this sentence in the narrative: "He knew his target today was a woman, but not much else."
All of this ruminating from a (possibly confused) reader points up how important it is to cover all the bases when writing a story like this. A reader, especially one who is tricked, as I thought I was, will go back through the narrative, looking for clues, and they need to line up. They mostly line up in this one, but I think they led me down the wrong path, and not the one the author wanted me on.
In any case, this is a really fun read, and continues to be fun as I think about which of my theories about the plot here is the one the author intended.