Absence of Light is a 58,000+ word novella featuring Zoë Sharp’s highly acclaimed ex-Special Forces turned bodyguard heroine, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox.
‘In the absence of light, darkness must prevail.’—Buddhist adage
A major earthquake sees ex-Special Forces soldier-turned-bodyguard Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox on a transport plane headed for the scene of devastation.
The way things are coming apart at home with Sean Meyer, she welcomes the chance to get away.
Tasked as security advisor to the specialist team at the centre of relief efforts, Charlie knows it won’t be easy. The team members are willing to put themselves in constant danger as a matter of course. But what kind of other risks are they prepared to take?
As Charlie soon discovers, it’s not just the ground beneath her feet that cannot be relied on. Her predecessor died conveniently while investigating rumours that the team were on the take, Charlie’s been instructed to quietly uncover whether his death was as accidental as the official verdict suggests. If it was an accident, why are they so obviously lying to her?
Charlie must move with care through a shifting landscape to find the answers before there are more than just earthquake victims buried in the rubble. And when disaster strikes she will learn not only whom she can trust, but whether she can she survive the darkness that comes with a total absence of light.
Praise for Zoë Sharp and Charlie Fox:
“Zoë Sharp is one of the sharpest, coolest, and most intriguing writers I know.” New York Times Bestseller, Harlan Coben
“To sum up DIE EASY I would have to say that I have waited a year for a great book, only for a brilliant one to be delivered with all the style and panache you would expect from Sharp and Fox.” Five-star review from Graham Smith, CrimeSquad
“Charlie Fox is a heroine you can root for, a rare combination of coolness, strength, and heart.” Bestselling author Alafair Burke
“Must reading for fans of action-packed, hard-edged thrillers.” Starred review from Michele Leber, Booklist
“Ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled: arguably one of the most enigmatic - and coolest—heroines in contemporary genre fiction.” Paul Goat Allen, Chicago Tribune
“Sharp deserves a genre all her own—if you are just discovering Zoë Sharp then you are in for a real treat.” Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine
Zoë Sharp’s short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies in the UK and USA, been used in school text books, turned into short films, included in many Best Of collections, and nominated twice for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Short Story Dagger.