By Zoe Sharp
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312341695, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 11, 2005
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It should have been an easy introduction to Charlie Fox's new career as a bodyguard, working for the personal protection agency run by her ex-lover, Sean Meyer. Their trip to Florida together should have been a working holiday--and a chance to build on the fresh start they promised to make when they last worked together. All Charlie has to do is baby-sit Trey Pelzner, the gawky fifteen-year-old son of a rich computer programmer in Fort Lauderdale. The last thing anyone expected was a determined attempt to snatch the boy, or that Trey's father and their entire bodyguard team--including Sean--would disappear off the face of the earth at the same time. Now somebody out there wants the boy badly and they're prepared to kill anyone who gets in their way. Evading them, alone in unknown territory, takes all the skill and courage Charlie possesses. As hair-raising as a roller-coaster ride, First Drop skyrockets Zoë Sharp to the top of that exclusive list of suspense writers who are going places fast.
Zoë Sharp spent most of her childhood living abroad a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel when she was fifteen. She went through a variety of jobs in her teenage years before becoming a freelance photojournalist in 1988. Zoë lives with her husband in Cumbria, England.
Barry Award Nominee for Best British Crime Novel 2004
"Ever wished that some of the tough guys were tough women? Well, check out Zoe Sharp's Charlie Fox--she's the real deal. Highly recommended."
- Lee Child, author of Running Blind
"Charlie Fox is something entirely new in crime fiction, a genuine female action hero--with passport. Fans of Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series are sure to relish Charlie Fox, a true Brit with true grit. Zoë Sharp's original voice, breakneck pacing and crisp prose make for one riveting thriller. Charlie Fox is here to stay. Read First Drop, and then tell me if I'm wrong!"
- Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of In the Bleak Midwinter
"Zoë Sharp writes with a casual freshness that makes it all seem easy: her fully-fleshed characters, her closely observed settings, her satisfying plot. American readers will be glad for the chance to get to know her."
- SJ Rozan, author of Absent Friends
"Zoë Sharp is one of the brightest of the new generation of British crime writers, and Charlie Fox is a memorable creation--a welcome addition to the ranks of strong female characters who have turned crime fiction on its head."
- Stephen Booth, author of Dancing with the Virgins
"Zoë Sharp's highly original Charlie Fox is the perfect ass-kicking antidote to all those waiting-to-be-rescued female characters. Sharp's hugely enjoyable, tightly woven thriller proves that it's not just the boys who can write fast-paced action. Read this book in bed and you're guaranteed some sleepless nights."
- Kelly Lange, author of the Maxi Poole mystery series
"I feel like I'm reading a Lee Child thriller. I like everything about this book . . . Excellent--four stars."
- George Easter, Deadly Pleasures magazine
"The U.S. debut of private security guard Charlie Fox, a gal with moxie and deadly accuracy with a Sig Sauer. Slick, hard-boiled fare with enough gunplay and mayhem to keep Vin Diesel happy, while offering a sop to the romantically minded."
- Kirkus Reviews
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