The latest installment in M.A. Lawson's thrilling Kay Hamilton series, K Street finds the ex-DEA agent working solo to uncover the motivations behind a gruesome shooting at a covert intelligence agency in Washington, D.C.
It’s been almost a year since Kay Hamilton was fired from the DEA for going rogue. Since then, she’s been employed by the Callahan Group, a covert intelligence agency based in Washington, D.C. Her job description is as dubious as the people she works for, and the undercover mission that nearly killed her in Viking Bay has Hamilton questioning the legitimacy of her employers.
When Hamilton arrives at the Callahan Group’s K Street office to tender her resignation, she unwittingly interrupts a deadly heist during which the robbers have stolen the company safe and left her boss gravely injured. She knows that Thomas Callahan doesn’t keep much cash in the safe—the men must have been after something other than money. But before Callahan slips into a coma, he whispers a name that will lead Kay to an organization even more secretive than the Callahan Group: the NSA.
Gripping, cinematic, and endlessly entertaining, K Street is the third installment of M.A. Lawson’s Kay Hamilton series, which follows our tough, gun-toting, and fearless heroine as she sets out to find answers and exact revenge.
Early in Lawson's fast-paced third Kay Hamilton novel (after 2015's Viking Bay), the former DEA agent heads one evening to her current employer, the Callahan Group, located on K Street in Washington, D.C., in order to resign. When she runs into heavily armed men exiting the Callahan office with a safe, she shoots one dead with her Glock, but two others escape. Inside, she finds her boss, Thomas Callahan, gravely wounded. Later, in the hospital, Callahan conveys a single name to her, Olivia Prescott, before lapsing into a coma. Kay doesn't know what was in the safe, who Prescott might be, or even who's behind Callahan and his black-ops missions. She only knows that she wants answers and that time is ticking. Lawson writes great action pieces, but some of his character's reactions don't ring true. Primary among these is the question of why Kay is so dogged in her pursuit of Callahan's attackers, given her own tenuous relation with the man. This makes for an exciting if not always believable story.
strong spy caper without too much sex getting in the way
Stolen plans, Chinese spies and a government based thriller that is sure to delight, K Street was a refreshing blast of what made me fall in the thriller genre.
Kay, fired for “going rouge” from the DEA, is now working for the Callahan Group. The Callahan Group is an uber covert agency and not even Kay knows who pulls the strings behind the organization.
When Thomas Callahan is attacked, Kay must traverse the dangerous world of machinations, government cover ups and spies to survive.
Kay is a heroine that you can really get behind; a no hold bars type of gal. Amazing, strong and SMART, Kay is who I’d want to have my back when the poop hits the fan.
Finally a strong spy caper without too much sex getting in the way.
My first by M. A. Lawson but it won't be my last.
I received this ARC copy of K Street from PENGUIN GROUP Blue Rider Press & Plume in exchange for a honest review.