Retired CIA assassin Kirk McGarvey faces the most formidable adversary of his long and storied career in End Game, the action-packed thriller from New York Times bestselling author David Hagberg
Langley is experiencing a series of gruesome murders. The CIA’s own headquarters should be the safest spot on the planet, but a highly professional, violently psychopathic assassin, who hideously disfigures his victims, strikes without mercy.
The murders spread from Langley to a prison outside of Athens, where the first clue to what will become the End Game surfaces. A code carved into four copper panels of the legendary statue in a courtyard at CIA headquarters, known as Kryptos, predicts the means and the terrible necessity for the serial killings.
Before the first Iraq war, something horrifying was buried in the foothills above the oil city of Kirkuk. It will not remain buried forever.
Only Kirk McGarvey, Pete Boylan, and the CIA’s odd-duck genius, Otto Rencke, can find the truth still buried in Iraq. A truth so devastating it could well ignite the entire Middle East into an unstoppable, apocalyptic war.
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At the start of Edgar-finalist Hagberg's gripping 20th Kirk McGarvey novel (after The Fourth Horseman), Walt Wager, a mid-level operational planner, is working alone late one night at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., when he's attacked by a stranger. The assailant may be the man who was known as the Cynic when they were both looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq years before. In short order, the Cynic dispatches Walt in gruesome fashion, and it soon becomes clear that the psychopathic serial killer has somehow infiltrated Langley's top-level security. As the body count rises, it looks as though all the victims had at one time been non-official cover agents: "The one thing they had in common was the ability to lie so convincingly that most of the time they believed it themselves." Everyone becomes a potential suspect. Former CIA director McGarvey and his team of operatives embark on a thrilling search for answers that takes them to Greece, Iraq, and many points in between. Each twist in the tale opens up new possibilities. Hagberg expertly juggles the questions: How? Who? and Why?