THE GRIPPING NEW SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUT OF THE DARK AND ORPHAN X
'STELLAR. GETS BETTER WITH EACH INSTALLMENT'
HE WANTED TO END IT. BUT IT CAN NEVER BE OVER.
Evan Smoak - former government assassin, 'Orphan-X', turned white knight of last resort - is hanging up his gun.
When he gets one last call.
A man, left a package by a murdered cousin, has an assassin on his trail. Easy work for Evan.
Except behind the assassin is someone worse. And behind them something darker still.
How long can Evan keep standing?
How many times can a man step into the fire?
'Memorable as hell' James Patterson
'A new series character to rival Reacher' Independent
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.