Square Enix's upcoming Hitman game is being preceded in the fiction by a novel penned by Raymond Benson and released by Random House's genre fiction imprint, Del Rey.

[Click the picture above for Hitman: Damnation's full cover art]

Hitman: Damnation is scheduled to come out this summer and details franchise main character Agent 47 working through a series of assassinations that target high-profile American political leaders – but hold on to your hats, because all may not be as it seems and there just might end up being some double crosses and intrigue before it's all said and done.

Believe it or not, this is the second Hitman novel. Who knew?

Hitman: Absolution is in production at IO Interactive and is scheduled to release later this year. I wasn't much of a believer until I saw the gameplay in motion in this trailer, so be sure to check that out before writing the game off.