Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Matthew Quirk’s ‘Hour of the Assassin’


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 bestselling author Matthew Quirk. 

On Tuesday, Quirk’s latest, Hour of the Assassin, finally hits bookstores—and if you were a fan of his last book, The Night Agent, you’re going to love his latest. 

Another standalone, but in the same vein as The Night Agent, Quirk takes readers back to Washington D.C. with his latest thriller, where his character—Nick Averose, a decorated Secret Service agent—suddenly finds himself in a world of trouble.

Working as a “red teamer,” Nick’s job is to apply everything he’s learned throughout his career watching for bad guys and apply that to threat scenarios for people he’s charged with protecting. In simple terms, his job is to plan an assassination, so that they can stop any real would-be killers who might be going about it the same exact way. Things take a turn, though, when Nick uncovers a massive conspiracy—and is then framed for crimes he didn’t commit.

Wanted and on the run, Nick’s only hope of saving himself, his family, and the country that he loves, is to evade the authorities long enough to connect the dots and bring down the real criminals before it’s too late . . . 

Falling somewhere between the movie adaption of Stephen Hunter’s Shooter (2007), starring Wahlberg, and the 2006 film Sentinel, which starred Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland, Quirk’s Hour of the Assasin feels tailor-made for the big screen and 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. 

Though it won’t be available until Tuesday, March 31, Book Spy readers are getting an early sneak peek at the first chapter. Click the link below to read the free excerpt, then make sure to pre-order your copy of Hour of the Assassin, the next must-read thriller from Matthew Quirk, wherever books are sold. 


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Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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