Renowned thriller writer David Hagberg continues his New York Times bestselling Kirk McGarvey series with this riveting origin story for the CIA assassin in First Kill.
It is the beginning of Kirk McGarvey's career as a CIA black ops officer. Fresh out of the Air Force OSI, he receives his first assignment: assassinate a Chilean general known as the Butcher of Valparaiso, a monster who has tortured and killed more than one thousand dissidents at a soccer stadium in Valparaiso.
McGarvey manages to cross the border over the mountains from Argentina without being discovered, and even makes his way to the general's remote compound. But the odds are stacked against him. Chile's National Intelligence Agency, the ANI, has been warned of his approach and wants him to fail—and someone back home in Washington is working to make sure he does.
For this newly-minted assassin, killing the butcher is only the beginning.
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A prequel, Hagberg's exciting 24th Kirk McGarvey thriller (after 2018's Face Off) chronicles the CIA operative's first sanctioned assassination "and how it deeply affected the rest of his life and ultimately, the price just about everyone close to him paid." A superbly fit 28-year-old McGarvey excels at the Farm, the CIA's training facility near Williamsburg, Va. He soon attends a meeting in Washington, D.C., where he's given a major assignment: to kill Chilean Matias Varga, an army general in the Pinochet regime. Varga's evil exploits rival those of his hero, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. As McGarvey's CIA handler tells him, "You're on your own, Kirk. In this business you'll always be on your own." The nascent assassin learns the truth of this and then some as he begins to see the conflicting political motives that are at play. Besides various Chileans and Russians, a mole inside the CIA is intent on making sure that McGarvey's mission fails. Hagberg nicely balances the assassination story with the hunt for the mole, and those looking for fast, uncomplicated, escapist entertainment will be satisfied.