Orphan X

Gregg Hurwitz. Minotaur, $25.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-250-06784-5
Bestseller Hurwitz (Don’t Look Back) melds nonstop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener. Evan Smoak, who was trained to be an assassin under the government’s secret Orphan Program, is now a rogue operator known as the Nowhere Man with a mission to help those in need. As payment, each of his clients refers him to another innocent person in trouble. But Evan becomes the hunted when he tries to help Katrin White, whose father will be killed unless she pays gambling debts. A sense of authenticity permeates the story, no matter how outlandish the tech toys or over-the-top the action. Evan is an electrifying character who chooses daily to do good. Run-ins with his L.A. condo board add a bit of levity while a growing relationship with neighbor Mia Hall and her eight-year-old son, Peter, reinforce that a normal life is just out of Evan’s reach. Movie rights were sold to Warner Bros. 100,000 first printing. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/09/2015
Release date: 01/19/2016
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 416 pages - 978-1-250-09720-0
Hardcover - 595 pages - 978-1-4104-8637-0
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