Introducing The Night Agent, by Matthew Quirk. Matthew spent five years at The Atlantic magazine reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He then turned to fiction. Besides the must read political thriller The Night Agent, he has also written The 500 – set in the heart of the world’s most powerful political arena. The Directive – a story about two brothers, billions of dollars, and the heist of a lifetime. Dead Man Switch – someone is hunting down America’s most elite special ops soldiers in their homes. And Cold Barrel Zero – A code hidden in plain sight. A black ops team that went too far.
The Night Agent is Peter Sutherland. A nobody! Living his most honest life by following the rules to the letter. Doing everything by the book. Working for the FBI at a rank that is described as a G. This rank provides him a job to conduct surveillance and basically do the leg work assigned by Special Agents. A rank he wishes to achieve. Held back by the past which ruined his name, an FBI agent in the family, his father who may or may not have been a spy for another state. Something that has never been proven one way or the other. The accusation however has tainted his name and while applying for any promotion which became available, Peter was always shot down.
An opportunity presented itself to Peter and he jumped at it. A job at the White House. Offered to him by an old acquaintance, the Chief of Staff for the President of the United States, Diane Farr. Thinking or assuming, she was being genuine, giving him a chance to prove himself once and for all, he took the job and continued his ‘do-good’ ways, following all the rules, ensuring every base was covered. His job, as The Night Agent, watch a phone which was designated “eyes only” for Farr, the Chief of Staff and James Hawkins, a senior advisor and veteran to the FBI’s national security division. Peter’s job, answer the phone, the person would provide a call sign and Peter would ask him to verify, or challenge him for a word or phrase to authenticate the caller. Almost a year on the job, the phone has only rung once thus far. For that phone call, Peter did exactly what was asked of him. Contacted the required persons per instruction and went about his business. Later, he would question himself wondering if he had signed that caller’s death warrant.
Rose Larkin is currently house-sitting for her aunt and uncle Henry and Paulette Campbell. Two old spooks, we learn that later, but they’re described as honorable and very good at their job. When shit hits the fan for them, they describe another situation they had been in and the only thing that came to mind was the fire fight scene in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, when they were attacked and had joined forces. Ultimately, nothing remotely like that occurred and they were killed, quickly. What I came to expect in my imagination as I was reading didn’t occur, which was a bit of a disappointment. Rose, awoke to a commotion, came downstairs and quickly learned their lives are in danger, her uncle, Henry gave her some quick instructions and urged her to get away. She tries but fails to reach the vehicle and ends up at a neighbor’s house. She breaks in, finds a phone, hides and dials the number given to her by her uncle. She dials and Peter answers, from here the two begin on a long journey of finding out the truth, deception at the highest government level, and espionage all while on a run for their lives. With professional assassins on their trail, assassins that are state sponsored, meaning their resources are practically unlimited. Yet, Peter & Rose manage to get away, sometimes with seconds to spare, with multiple cuts and bruises.
The thrill ride Matthew takes us on with The Night Agent will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat, forcing you to read this political thriller in one sitting. Each chapter leaves you wanting more and more, not wanting to put the book down. A must read, for all political thriller fans.
Author: Matthew Quirk
Pages: 422 (Hardcover)
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Follow Matthew on Twitter: @mquirk
About the Author
Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of The 500, The Directive, Dead Man Switch, Cold Barrel Zero, and The Night Agent. He spent five years at The Atlantic magazine reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs before turning to fiction. An Edgar award finalist and winner of the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, Quirk lives in San Diego.
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