Dark Horse

Gregg Hurwitz. Minotaur, $28.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-250-25230-2
In bestseller Hurwitz’s excellent seventh Orphan X novel (after 2021’s Prodigal Son), Aragón Urrea, a South Texas drug lord, approaches former black ops assassin Evan Smoak (aka the Nowhere Man), who assists people in seemingly hopeless situations as a way of paying penance for past sins. Urrea’s 18-year-old daughter, Anjelina, has been kidnapped by a ruthless Mexican cartel. Despite doubts about helping a criminal like Urrea, Smoak agrees to try to rescue Anjelina. Along the way to the satisfying resolution, Smoak is forced to scrutinize his own life, in which he has remained distant from those most important to him—in particular, love interest Mia Hall, a district attorney and single mother who’s faced with a life-threatening surgery, and Joey Morales, a 16-year-old hacker extraordinaire who has become a surrogate daughter of sorts. Nonstop action and relentless pacing are matched by deeply philosophical and powerfully emotional undertones. Unlike comparable series that tend to lose steam after several installments, this series just gets better as it evolves. 200,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Lisa Erbach Vance, Aaron Priest Literary. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 11/09/2021
Release date: 02/08/2022
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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