On Sat, 2003-03-08 at 10:45, S Lumley / s piotto wrote: > > That's a pretty good slap in the face for the house of Jhereg. Sure, they'll > throw wave after wave of assassins at him, but after he kills about fifty > of them, they're going to get tired of that and fork out the 50 million > imperials it will cost to bring Mr. Greymist out of retirement. (Man oh man > I cannot wait for THAT book. Sounds like the Last Contract to me...) Pretty much all the Vlad books are from Vlad's point of view, so I would consider _The Last Contract_ to be his last Contract, most likely one where he dies as a result of fulfilling the contract. And considering its going to be the last novel, I figure the head he's after is going to be a major one. Possibly a Jenoine or the head Jenoine, but most likely a God(dess). Ever since I heard the title, my money's actually been on Vlad being hired to take out Verra. There are <= 17 people who can take out a God(dess), and Vlad's the only one who has a weapon that not only can do it, but is so good at it its named after the act. However, another option has just occured to me. Vlad may be hired to take out the Empresses. However, we know Verilka doesn't die in office, and I really don't see Vlad taking a contract on Norathar. And there's also the possibility of Sethra, but again, I just don't see Vlad taking that contract.  He and his victim killing each other, or having to kill in such a way that he dies as well.  I was going to say the only one designed to kill the God(desse)s, however I believe at one point Sethra says they were all designed to kill the God(desse)s.