“As hard as nails, fast-paced, and precise.” —Playboy (Germany)
A school shooting in snowbound Vermont; an American journalist beheaded in war-torn Syria; a passenger jet exploding in the Thai jungle—everything connects to Kate Swift, CIA assassin turned whistleblower, on the run from a sinister intelligence unit.
With her six-year-old daughter, Suzie, she flees across the Canadian border to begin a perilous journey to Berlin and then Thailand in search of the only man who can keep them alive: Harry Hook, a disgraced ex–CIA case officer living rough in the wilderness, battling the bottle and ghosts from his past.
Can Hook conjure an inspired but desperate plan that will save Kate and Suzie and bring him the redemption he yearns for?
“Suspenseful…A fascinating plot and arresting characters keep the reader thoroughly engrossed.” —Publishers Weekly
“James Rayburn has reinvented the global espionage thriller.” —Die Welt (Germany)
“A political thriller that is suspenseful from the first page to the last.” —Stern (Germany)
“A high-tempo thriller set in the shadowy world of espionage and off-the-books covert ops with a thrilling conclusion in Thailand.” —Crime Fiction Lover
James Rayburn is the pen name of crime writer Roger Smith.
Tom Taylorson is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and Chicago-based actor with over a decade of stage experience. In that time he also built a voice-over career and now primarily works as a voice actor. Tom is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, teaching voice-over for interactive media.