See the Cover for Chris Hauty’s Next Hayley Chill Thriller, ‘Savage Road’

First Hayley Chill exposed the Deep State, now she’s set to take on her toughest assignment yet in Savage Road, the highly-anticipated new thriller from Chris Hauty.

Deep State, the first book from Hauty—a longtime, successful Holywood screenwriter—captivated readers earlier this year, landing one of the best, most jaw-dropping twists of the year. Now, his protagonist, Hayley Chill, is set to return on January 5th, 2021 in Savage Road, and Book Spy readers are getting a first look at the striking cover art.

“I’m beyond excited to bring this follow-up of Deep State to established fans and new readers alike,” Hauty told The Real Book Spy back in June.

Savage Road sees Hayley Chill’s thrill-infused adventure continue in an upsidedown West Wing, but expands in scope to investigate mysteries from within a fortress-like NSA, all the while against a backdrop of sustained cyber-attacks against the United States. Old “friends” return and new characters make their jaw-dropping appearances. The threat is real!”

Check out the official plot details below.


Savage RoadHayley Chill descends even deeper into the dangerous political web of Washington, DC in this thrilling sequel to the “propulsive, page-turning, compelling” (C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author) national bestseller Deep State.

When a series of devastating cyber-attacks rock the United States, Hayley Chill is tasked by the “deeper state” to track down their source. NSA analysts insist that Moscow is the culprit, but that accusation brings plenty of complications with Hayley directing the president as a double agent against the Russians. With increasing pressure on the president to steer him towards a devastating war, it’s up to Hayley to stop the mysterious computer hacker and prevent World War III—while also uncovering some shocking truths about her own life.

Magnificently crafted and perfectly timed, Savage Road is an edge-of-your-seat political thriller ideal for our times.



Chris Hauty is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles and the author of Deep State. He has worked at all the major movie studios, in nearly every genre of film, with credits including Never Back Down and Sniper: Homeland Security. He currently lives in Venice, California.

Readers looking to pre-order Savage Road ahead of its early 2020 release date can now do so here or anywhere else books are sold.


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