“If Jack Reacher were a woman, he’d be Charlie Fox.”—Lee Child
How do you protect those who crave danger?
With the life of her lover, Sean, still hanging in the balance, former Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, throws herself into her only means of escape—her work.
On Long Island, the playground of New York’s wealthy and privileged, she is tasked with protecting Dina, the wayward daughter of rich businesswoman, Caroline Willner.
It seems that an alarming number of the girl’s circle of friends have been through kidnap ordeals, and Charlie quickly discovers Dina is fascinated by the clique formed by the earlier victims. Is that why she seems to be going out of her way to invite capture?
Sticking close to her client at parties aboard luxury yachts, glittering events at the local country club, and out horse-riding along the exclusive sands is all part of the job for Charlie, but she’s concerned that Dina’s thrill-seeking tendencies will put both of them in real danger.
And just as her worst fears are realised, Charlie receives devastating personal news—the man who put Sean in his coma is on the loose.
She is faced with the choice between her loyalties to her client and avenging Sean. Charlie has an impossible decision to make.
Can she live with the consequences?
Praise for Zoe Sharp and Charlie Fox:
“A gripping tale of nonstop action…this is hard-edged fiction at its best.” Michele Leber, Booklist (starred review)
“A taut, dark thriller with plenty of action.” Kirkus
“FIFTH VICTIM starts with a bang and carries on at high octane pace…immensely believable characters … Zoë Sharp's books [would] transfer to the big screen like a dream.” Sharon Wheeler, Reviewing The Evidence
“Charlie Fox is one of the most vivid and engaging heroines ever to swagger onto the pages of a book.” Tess Gerritsen
“Charlie is a marvellous heroine… The book moves at a cracking pace towards a surprise ending with a jaw-dropping twist that has me eager for the next book. Not to be missed.” Lizzie Hayes, in Euro Crime and Mystery Women
“Sharp's latest novel is her best yet. If you're not reading her, you really should start now.” Russel D McLean, Crime Scene Scotland
“Sharp's heroine Charlie Fox has to be one of the best characters in the crime thriller genre… Why an author as talented as Zoë Sharp is not much more publicly known and lauded is a mystery to me.” Graham Smith, 5 stars, CrimeSquad
“This is another tense, well-plotted and immensely readable adventure … Sharp is most definitely doing a heck of a lot right.” ScotKris, It's a Crime! (Or a Mystery…)
“An exciting, eminently readable thriller. Recommended.” Gloria Feit, reviewer extraordinaire
“A nail-biting thriller… As always, Sharp injects the plot with enough adrenaline to keep the pages flipping.” Publishers Weekly
“These are action thrillers about a woman who works as a bodyguard, frequently trying to protect women, and there's no cheapening the central issue of violence (often against women) as a means to an end. In fact, by wrapping this societal cancer in noirish, kickass, often funny thrillers, written in coolly polished prose, Sharp can take societal violence farther and hit it harder than many so-called literary writers. And do it in language that's almost poetic in its economy and impact.” Timothy Hallinan