Hour of the Assassin
“Quirk has earned his spot in the front ranks of thriller writers. Opens with a bang and keeps exploding for three hundred pages." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author of A Minute to Midnight
Framed and on the run for his life, a former Secret Service agent discovers how far some men will go to grasp the highest office in the land in this electrifying tale from the author of The Night Agent—a propulsive political thriller reminiscent of the best early Baldacci and Grisham novels.
As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer,” he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities—before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.
His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. But soon after he breaches the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, Nick finds himself entangled in a vicious crime that will shake Washington to its foundations—as all the evidence points to Nick.
Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth—a search that leads to a dark conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.
To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets.
“This one is a gritty, intense political thriller, filled with nuance and dire exploits. Totally entertaining. A treat from start to finish. —Steve Berry, author of The Malta Exchange
Praise For Hour of the Assassin: A Novel…
— David Baldacci New York Times bestselling author of A Minute to Midnight
“[A] gritty, intense political thriller, filled with nuance and dire exploits. Totally entertaining. A treat from start to finish."
— Steve Berry, author of The Malta Exchange
“Hour of the Assassin is written in terse, swift prose as it sketches a panorama of 'Washington at its worst,' a place ruled by 'the corruption and blood sport of high politics.'”
— Wall Street Journal
“[A] nonstop whirlwind… Quirk again displays the infectious pacing he’s known for.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Quirk crafts intense plots that crackle with a barely restrained energy... Damn hard to put down, and [I] blazed my way through it in less than a day… Quirk has once again written a story that stands out as one of the best thrillers you will read this year.”
— Mystery Scene Magazine
“A cracking-good suspenser carried by some fine writing… and leading up to a sweaty-palms finale that goes on for 100 quickly turned pages.”
— Library Journal
“Of all the literary genres, a suspense novel is highly dependent on a good hook. Matthew Quirk knows this better than anyone… His books do not begin with subtle language or mysterious foreshadowing. They begin with a bang, sometimes quite literally.”
— San Diego Union-Tribune
"The action never ceases in Quirk’s story, and you’ll find yourself reading way past your bedtime."
— Newark Star-Ledger
"Quirk’s Hour of the Assassin…reads like a blockbuster from beginning to end. Trust me, if you’re looking for a great thriller to sink your teeth into, this is it. Quirk brings his very best here, delivering a stunning, page-turning reading experience that’s not to be missed."
A pitch-perfect and high-octane conspiracy action-adventure novel by an author with an impressive flair for original and narrative driven storytelling, "Hour of the Assassin" is a compelling read from start to finish -- and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library collections.”
— Midwest Book Review
William Morrow, 9780062875495, 352pp.
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
About the Author
Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of Hour of the Assassin, The Night Agent, The 500, The Directive, Cold Barrel Zero, and Dead Man Switch. He spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego, California.