Out of the Dark
An Orphan X Novel
* AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *
"This novel will be remembered as one of the best thrillers of the year." —Associated Press
"A shocking stunner in every way. The perfect thriller." —Robert Crais
When darkness closes in—he's your last, best hope. Evan Smoak returns in Gregg Hurwitz’s #1 international bestselling Orphan X series in Out of the Dark.
Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past is catching up to him.
Someone at the very highest level of government has been trying to eliminate every trace of the Orphan Program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. After Evan's mentor and the only father he ever knew was killed, he decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the Program and who is now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.
But President Bennett knows that Orphan X is after him and, using weapons of his own, he's decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man who has the skills and experience to track down and take out Orphan X—the first recruit of the Program, Orphan A.
With Evan devoting all his skills, resources, and intelligence to find a way through the layers of security that surround the President, suddenly he also has to protect himself against the deadliest of opponents. It's Orphan vs. Orphan with the future of the country—even the world—on the line.
Praise For Out of the Dark: An Orphan X Novel…
"Nobody walks the line between blistering action and searing character development better than Hurwitz. And that combination, more than anything, makes Out of the Dark a book you’ll savor well into the night." —The Providence Journal
"Read this book. You’ll thank me later.” —David Baldacci
"Hurwitz delivers with a stunning, action-packed plot that will leave readers breathless with anticipation and begging for more. When it’s all said and done, this is the book Hurwitz will be remembered for." —CrimeReads
"A complicated, swift-paced plot involving numerous twists plus a surprise ending—the essentials that make up a great thriller...Plan to stay up all night reading this one." —Library Journal (starred review)
"Explosive... Hurwitz is at the top of this game." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Out of the Dark is a stunner. I thought Gregg Hurwitz couldn’t get any better, but his latest Orphan X novel proved me wrong. Shut the blinds, turn off your phone and TV, and get some sleep now, because once you start this book you won’t want to stop.” —Meg Gardiner, author of UNSUB and Into the Black Nowhere
"A stunning, action-packed plot that will leave readers breathless with anticipation and begging for more." —The Real Book Spy
"The plotting is clever, the action is nearly constant and usually over-the-top, and X has something resembling a moral core. Bad guys get what bad guys deserve... Hurwitz fans will certainly enjoy this latest entry in the series." —Kirkus Reviews
"Evan Smoak roars back with a vengeance in the fourth Orphan X thriller...this installment is as tightly plotted, efficiently written, and, yes, as curiously plausible as its predecessors. If Jack Reacher fans haven't checked out Smoak yet, they're missing a sure bet." –Booklist
Minotaur Books, 9781250120427, 400pp.
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
About the Author
GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the #1 international bestseller Orphan X, the first in a series of thrillers featuring Evan Smoak. He has also written young adult novels: The Rains and its sequel, The Last Chance. Hurwitz's books have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into twenty-eight languages.
Hurwitz is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, The Punisher) and DC (Batman). Additionally, he has written screenplays for many major studios and written, developed, and produced television for various networks.
Hurwitz resides in Los Angeles with two Rhodesian ridgebacks.