* A Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller *
“Read the Orphan X series. You’ll thank me later." —David Baldacci
The New York Times bestselling Orphan X returns - just when Evan Smoak thinks he's done, his deadliest job yet pulls him back Into The Fire...
Evan Smoak lives by his own code.
Once he was known as Orphan X. Trained as an off-the-books government assassin and spoken about only in whispers, Evan Smoak was one of the most talented – and most feared – men in the Program. But he broke free and reinvented himself as The Nowhere Man, a figure shrouded in mystery, known for helping the truly desperate.
If anyone is truly desperate, it’s Max Merriweather.
Max is at the end of his rope. His cousin has been brutally murdered, leaving Max an envelope that contains nothing but a mysterious key. However, someone really wants that key, badly enough that Max – and anyone he turns to – is in deadly danger. What seems like a simple job for The Nowhere Man turns out to be anything but. Behind every threat he takes out, a deadlier one emerges and Evan Smoak must put himself in greater danger than ever before as he heads once more Into The Fire.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When does a gun for hire know it’s time to hang up his weapon? If you’re Evan Smoak, better known as Gregg Hurwitz’s antihero Orphan X, it takes five blood-soaked books to come to that conclusion. But as any good thriller fan knows, there’s no retirement plan for vigilante crime fighters. The case that Smoak thought would be his last—protecting an envelope of important documents and its owner from ruthless enemies—becomes one of his most dangerous. Hurwitz delivers action set pieces worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, but also quieter, lighter moments, like Smoak’s slow-boil romance with his assistant district attorney neighbor or his reluctant mentoring of teenage hacker Joey. It’s this balance between heroism and humanity, humor and harshness that makes us love the Orphan X series and cross our fingers that Smoak returns for more.
In bestseller Hurwitz's adrenaline-charged fifth Orphan X novel (after 2019's Out of the Dark), forensic accountant Grant Merriweather leaves his cousin Max Merriweather an envelope to be delivered to an L.A. Times reporter in the event of his murder. But when Grant and the reporter are both killed, Max turns to Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, for help. The envelope contains a flash drive with spreadsheets that Evan and his hacker prot g , Josephine Morales, are able to determine contain a money laundering scheme that ranges through L.A.'s criminal underworld. Early on, Evan is surprised by a gunman, and, while Evan survives, he suffers a concussion that hinders his combat abilities, but not so much that he hesitates to rescue Max from a police station or get himself jailed in order to get to a kingpin behind bars. Meanwhile, Hurwitz continues to explore Evan's nascent relationship with assistant district attorney Mia Hall, adding some complexity. By layering his nonstop action with character development, Hurwitz has created a terrific tale. 150,000-copy announced first printing; author tour.