Hard Target

Norwood Press, 2012 (hardcover)
Smith Cabot (trade paperback)
Open Road (eBook)

The Strand Magazine’s Top Ten Best Thriller of the Year

LEE CHILD: “Fast, hard, intelligent… This is a terrific thriller.”

VINCE FLYNN: “A smart, complex novel that explodes from the page and scores a direct hit on my radar.”

DAVID MORRELL: “A top-notch, brilliantly crafted thriller. With a disturbingly realistic plot, Hard Target is a novel guaranteed to thrill.”

An enigmatic covert operative.
A skilled FBI agent with a dark past.
And a terror plot unlike any in history.

An explosion pulverizes the president-elect’s helicopter on Election Night. It soon becomes clear that the group behind the assassination attempt possesses far greater reach than the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has yet encountered – and a plot so deeply interwoven in the country’s fabric that it threatens to upend America’s political system.

But as Department of Defense operative Hector DeSantos and FBI Agent Aaron “Uzi” Uziel sort out who is behind the bombing, Uzi’s personal demons not only jeopardize the investigation but may sit at the heart of a tangle of lies that threaten to trigger an international terrorist attack. Hailed by political thriller master Vince Flynn as “a smart, complex novel that explodes from the page,” and by blockbuster author Lee Child as “a terrific thriller” that’s “fast, hard, and intelligent,” Hard Target is a ticking time bomb that keeps you clinging to the edges of your seat…and turning the pages.

Bonus for fans of Alan Jacobson’s FBI Profiler Karen Vail series: the enigmatic profiler and a number of her colleagues appear in several chapters of Hard Target, impacting the story and leaving behind her usual lasting impression…

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