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Amateur private investigator Ash McKenna's time is about to expire—on his visa, that is. Having fled the demons that haunted him in the U.S., Ash has been laying low in Prague for nearly three months. Now, it's time to move on. But as he contemplates his next stop, a man named Roman appears, claiming to work for the U.S. government, and possessing intimate knowledge of Ash's many sins. Sins nobody should know. Roman offers to protect him...in exchange for a favor.
It sounds simple: a bank employee named Samantha Sobolik is set to receive a package containing covert information in a handoff on the Charles Bridge. Ash must intercept the package, and deliver the contents to Roman. Ash refuses—until Roman threatens to kill his mother. Out of options and too far away to protect her, Ash agrees.
But when Ash gets to the bridge, he discovers that the handoff is actually a hit. Ash ends up battling a mysterious and deadly assassin in a fight he barely survives. As it turns out, the job is far more complicated and dangerous than anyone thought. Ash finds himself in a strange city, outmatched, hunted, and trapped in a dangerous game where nobody is what they seem—including Samantha. The Woman From Prague is a riveting novel of international suspense from one of the very best crime writers working today.
Set in Prague, Hart's Kafkaesque fourth novel featuring amateur PI Ash McKenna (after 2016's South Village) has great pace, a fascinating relationship between the central characters, and superb atmosphere. Driven from his New York City home by his personal demons, Ash has nearly come to the end of his three-month visa in Prague when he encounters a latter-day Mephistopheles calling himself Roman and claiming to be an emissary of a shadowy unnamed U.S. government agency. By threatening Ash's mother, Roman compels Ash to retrieve a thumb drive or small laptop from a brash Czech spook, Samantha Sobolik, supposedly a U.S. bank employee. The job explodes in their faces, hurling Ash and Sam headlong into murky international intrigue and corruption. Born out of the hard-boiled wisecracking tradition and able to swing his fists as well as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Ash just wants to make someone's life better, keep his mother safe, and pay homage to his father, a firefighter who died heroically on 9/11. Noir fans will be enthralled.