Hour of the Assassin
by Quirk, Matthew






Using his elite training as a former Secret Service agent to test security around high officials, Nick implicates himself while trying to prevent a death before uncovering a decades-old conspiracy targeting the Oval Office. 125,000 first printing.





See the photo shot in the Oval Room. Observe the old white guys standing around grinning. Know that you are in for a bad time. Quirk's hero, security expert Nick Averose, asks us to believe that these fellows hold the real, hidden, permanent power. They regard us as sheep to be sheared, and we can't vote them out. They're capable of murdering any of us worms who get in their way. These modern Borgias appear when Nick stages a mock assassination of an ex-CIA chief to test the old man's home security. It goes wrong. The man is killed. Nick is set up to take the fall for this killing and any others deemed necessary, and his attempts to clear himself occasion a cracking-good suspenser carried by some fine writing-a gun barrel jittered in the air like it was writing in cursive-and leading up to a sweaty-palms finale that goes on for 100 quickly turned pages. The author displays uncommon knowledge of the effects of the undercover life: you're always looking over your shoulder, though you know nobody's there. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





See the photo shot in the Oval Room. Observe the old white guys standing around grinning. Know that you are in for a bad time. Quirk's hero, security expert Nick Averose, asks us to believe that these fellows hold the real, hidden, permanent power. They regard us as sheep to be sheared, and we can't vote them out. They're capable of murdering any of us worms who get in their way. These modern Borgias appear when Nick stages a mock assassination of an ex-CIA chief to test the old man's home security. It goes wrong. The man is killed. Nick is set up to take the fall for this killing and any others deemed necessary, and his attempts to clear himself occasion a cracking-good suspenser carried by some fine writing-a gun barrel jittered in the air like it was writing in cursive-and leading up to a sweaty-palms finale that goes on for 100 quickly turned pages. The author displays uncommon knowledge of the effects of the undercover life: you're always looking over your shoulder, though you know nobody's there. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Former Secret Service man Nick Averose becomes a pawn in a deadly political conspiracy in the nation's capital when he is framed for the murder of a former CIA director. Twenty-five years ago, a young woman was found dead at a summer gathering attended by future senator and current presidential hopeful Sam MacDonough. The wealthy power broker looking to plant him in the White House will do anything to keep secret what happened that night. A month before the killing of the CIA director, a one-time flame of Nick's who had been at that summer party came to him seeking protection and then disappeared with her secrets. Nick, who, as part of his two-person security business, stages mock home invasions for potential targets to identify potential security weaknesses, escapes the scene of the CIA director's killing but not the crosshairs of the killers. Nick holds them off with the help of his trusty female tech assistant and a one-time Marine buddy who is now a successful contractor in Washington. Quirk is good at describing fancy trappings. A rich man's suit boasts "Milanese stitches and a silk latch hidden behind the lapel." Another fat cat drinks Dujac premier cru, a French pinot noir. But the characters themselves are lacking in the details and dimensions that would make them interesting. And the plot, usually the strong point for the author of The Night Agent (2019), is predictable. A formulaic thriller that ranks with Quirk's lesser efforts. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Former Secret Service man Nick Averose becomes a pawn in a deadly political conspiracy in the nation's capital when he is framed for the murder of a former CIA director. Twenty-five years ago, a young woman was found dead at a summer gathering attended by future senator and current presidential hopeful Sam MacDonough. The wealthy power broker looking to plant him in the White House will do anything to keep secret what happened that night. A month before the killing of the CIA director, a one-time flame of Nick's who had been at that summer party came to him seeking protection and then disappeared with her secrets. Nick, who, as part of his two-person security business, stages mock home invasions for potential targets to identify potential security weaknesses, escapes the scene of the CIA director's killing but not the crosshairs of the killers. Nick holds them off with the help of his trusty female tech assistant and a one-time Marine buddy who is now a successful contractor in Washington. Quirk is good at describing fancy trappings. A rich man's suit boasts "Milanese stitches and a silk latch hidden behind the lapel." Another fat cat drinks Dujac premier cru, a French pinot noir. But the characters themselves are lacking in the details and dimensions that would make them interesting. And the plot, usually the strong point for the author of The Night Agent (2019), is predictable. A formulaic thriller that ranks with Quirk's lesser efforts. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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