Evan Smoak a été enrôlé dès son plus jeune âge dans un programme secret consistant à former des orphelins aux techniques les plus efficaces d'élimination physique des ennemis de l'État lorsque le recours à la force n'est pas officiellement possible. Il a perdu son identité pour devenir « Orphelin X », mais il n'a pas perdu toute son humanité. Pendant des années, il a obéi aux ordres de son instructeur, il a agi en solitaire à la « neutralisation » de crapules et de terroristes. Mais, quand on lui a ordonné de tuer un autre Orphelin, il a refusé d'obtem - pérer. Habitué à n'avoir aucune existence légale, il est parvenu à disparaître des radars de ses employeurs et s'est installé « à son compte », proposant ses services très particuliers à des citoyens incapables de se tirer eux-mêmes de situations inextricables.
Pourtant, lorsqu'il accepte de s'occuper d'une jeune femme ayant contracté une importante dette de jeu et dont le père a été kidnappé, il est loin d'imaginer dans quel engrenage mortel il vient à son tour de mettre le doigt.
Si le célèbre détective Batman se dresse aujourd'hui devant une traînée de cadavres, il n'a pour l'instant pas l'ombre d'une piste.
Durement mis à l'épreuve, son savoir-faire est doublement entaché lorsque le maniaque commence à kidnapper les habitants de la ville sans aucune raison apparente. Le Chevalier Noir aurait-il finalement trouvé plus rusé - ou plus fou - que lui ?
Pre-order the electrifying new adventure in the Sunday Times bestselling series - in which Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever . . . br>br>THE HERObr>Evan Smoak: former off-the-books assassin - code name Orphan X. His world is divided into those who deserve his help and those who''ve brought his singular brand of justice upon themselves.br>br>THE VICTIMbr>A desperate father reaches out. His teenage daughter Anjelina has been kidnapped by a brutal criminal cartel and spirited over the border into Mexico. And while money is no object, Evan soon realises that his prospective client''s past is as clouded and compromised as his own.br>br>THE MISSIONbr>If Evan is going to put his life on the line to rescue Anjelina, he must first decide whether he can act on behalf of a bad man. And even then, up against the men who are holding his daughter, there will be no guarantee of success...br>br>Packed with edge-of-your-seat suspense, memorable characters, explosive action and razor-sharp plotting, Dark Horse confirms Gregg Hurwitz''s place alongside Lee Child, David Baldacci, James Patterson and Harlan Coben as a master of the modern thriller.br>br>''Gregg Hurwitz has outdone himself with Dark Horse. Readers will get whiplash . . . The action strikes like lightning.'' - Luis Urrea, Pulitzer finalist for The Devil''s Highwaybr>br>Praise for the Orphan X seriesbr>br>''Feels like a missile launch'' DAVID BALDACCIbr>br>''A stellar series, and the stories get better with each instalment'' DAILY MAILbr>br>''Outstanding in every way'' LEE CHILDbr>br>''Weapons-grade thriller writing'' GUARDIANbr>br>''A stellar series, and the stories get better with each instalment'' DAILY MAILbr>br>''An immensely entertaining adventure'' THE TIMES>
Vétéran de la guerre d'Irak, souffrant d'un syndrome de stress post traumatique qui l'a séparé de sa femme et sa fille adorées, condamné à court terme par une sclérose incurable, Nate Overbay est littéralement le dos au mur. Perché sur le rebord d'une fenêtre au onzième étage d'une banque, il s'apprête à se jeter dans le vide : quitte à mourir, il préfère choisir où, quand et comment. Mais alors qu'il va faire le grand saut, un commando fait irruption dans l'établissement, abattant sans merci employés et clients. N'ayant plus rien à perdre, Nate se faufile par la fenêtre et affronte les gangsters, les tuant tous excepté un, qui s'enfuit en proférant un sinistre avertissement : « Vous avez provoqué la colère d'un homme puissant ! » Encensé par les médias pour son acte de bravoure, le héros du jour est pourtant toujours déterminé à se suicider. Mais « l'homme puissant », qui n'est autre que le boss de la mafia ukrainienne locale, ne lui en laissera pas l'occasion. Il le fait enlever et lui lance un ultimatum. Nate a cinq jours pour mener à bien le cambriolage qu'il a interrompu, et récupérer un mystérieux objet enfermé dans un coffre de la banque ; s'il échoue, les sbires du redoutable Pavlo s'occuperont de sa famille. Pour Nate commence alors une infernale course contre la montre et contre la maladie. Il devra survivre coûte que coûte pour sauver sa femme et sa fille, et leur prouver une dernière fois son amour.
PRE-ORDER THE GRIPPING NEW SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUT OF THE DARK AND ORPHAN X''OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY'' LEE CHILDOnce a government assassin codenamed Orphan X, Evan Smoak works as a vigilante for the desperate. Now he''s ready to retire.Then he gets a call.Max Merriweather''s cousin has been murdered, and the woman he needs to find is missing. On the run and stalked by an assassin, Max calls the one person who could save him.Evan Smoak.But the forces ranged against Evan and Max are as lethal as Evan has ever faced. Keeping Max alive will be hard. Staying alive himself might be impossible . . .Packed with edge-of-your-seat suspense, explosive action and razor-sharp plotting, Into the Fire is for fans of Lee Child, David Baldacci and James Patterson.Praise for Orphan X''Weapons-grade thriller writing'' GUARDIAN''An immensely entertaining adventure'' THE TIMES''A stellar series, the stories get better with each instalment. Throwing the main character literally into the fire showcases how truly heroic Evan Smoak is. He''s the man you want in your corner when justice is needed'' DAILY MAIL>
Gregg Hurwitz''s New York Times bestselling series returns when Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever in Dark Horse . Evan Smoak is a man with many identities and a challenging past. As Orphan X, he was a government assassin for the off-the-books Orphan Program. After he broke with the Program, he adopted a new name and a new mission--The Nowhere Man, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. Having just survived an attack on his life and the complete devastation of his base of operations, as well as his complicated (and deepening) relationship with his neighbor Mia Hall, Evan isn''t interested in taking on a new mission. But one finds him anyway. Aragon Urrea is a kingpin of a major drug-dealing operation in South Texas. He''s also the patron of the local area--supplying employment in legitimate operations, providing help to the helpless, rough justice to the downtrodden, and a future to a people normally with little hope. He''s complicated--a not completely good man, who does bad things for often good reasons. However, for all his money and power, he is helpless when one of the most vicious cartels kidnaps his innocent eighteen year old daughter, spiriting her away into the armored complex that is their headquarters in Mexico. With no other way to rescue his daughter, he turns to The Nowhere Man. Now not only must Evan figure out how to get into the impregnable fortress of a heavily armed, deeply paranoid cartel leader, but he must decide if he should help a very bad man--no matter how just the cause.
A breakneck thriller from the bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club selections ORPHAN X and YOU'RE NEXT. A good job, a decent flat in Los Angeles, a quiet life - Nick Horrigan has finally put his traumatic past behind him. Or so it seems, until a SWAT team smashes into his place in the middle of the night. Still in pajamas, he's dragged outside to a waiting helicopter. He's told that a terrorist has seized control of a nuclear power plant and is threatening to blow it up...unless he can talk to Nick. Flown into a deadly intrigue, Nick is charged with a dangerous secret, one that will take him from the dark alleys of the city to behind the scenes of a Presidential race. As he rockets toward the truth, peeling back layer after layer of lies and deception, only one thing is certain: The long-buried secret, tied to the traumas of his own past, threatens his life at every turn.
A pulse-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club selections, ORPHAN X and YOU'RE NEXT. From the eleventh storey of a Los Angeles high-rise, Nate looks out on the city - the traffic, the trees, the beach beyond. He breathes deeply. And then he moves one foot off the ledge and into thin air. But before he can jump, gunshots ring out from within the building. A robbery is in progress. And Nate, with nothing to lose but the life he was about to give up, decides to intervene. What happens next plunges Nate into mortal danger . . . and reunites him with the family he hasn't known for years - a family he will do anything to protect. Packed with twists and suspense, hurtling forward at relentless speed, The Survivor is a gripping, unforgettable story of sacrifice, redemption and heroism - a thriller to rival the very best of Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben.
A dark conspiracy. An innocent victim. And one man hellbent on making it right. The explosive new Orphan X thriller from bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz. _______________ 'Do you need my help?' They called him Orphan X. Evan Smoak used to be a government secret weapon. Then he ran and became the man you call on when you've nowhere else to turn. This time it's a teenage runaway called Joey. Like Evan she's no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him. Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do. Which is where the trouble begins. Because this might not be about Joey at all. And if it's not, then it must be about Evan. But finding out why could kill them both ... _______________ 'A masterpiece of suspense and thrills' Daily Mail 'The page-turner of the season' The Times 'A rival to Reacher' Independent
As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from the orphanage he called home and inducted into a top secret Cold War programme. Trained as a lethal weapon, he and his fellow recruits were sent round the world to do the government's dirty work. But the programme was rotten to the core. And now the man responsible needs things to be nice and clean. All evidence must be destroyed. That includes Evan. To survive, Evan's going to have to take the fight to his nemesis. There's just one problem with that. Jonathan Bennett is President of the United States and Evan isn't his only victim. To save himself - and the country - Evan is going to have to figure out how to kill the most well-protected man on the planet... 'Pure nail-biting suspense' Harlan Coben 'Memorable as hell' James Patterson 'Outstanding in every way' Lee Child 'Brilliantly conceived and plotted...blows the doors off most thrillers I've read' David Baldacci
Mike, trentenaire, marié, père d'une adorable petite fille, mène la vie qu'il espérait. Un jour, sur le chantier de son lotissement vert, deux hommes viennent à sa rencontre et le menacent, insistant sur le secret de ses origines, insistant sur ses erreurs de jeunesse.
Quand il se réveille sur son lit d'hôpital, Andrew Danner a perdu la mémoire. Deux nouvelles l'attendent : la bonne ? Sa tumeur au cerveau a été opérée avec succès. La mauvaise ? Le cadavre éventré de sa petite amie n'était pas encore froid quand on l'a retrouvé à ses pieds, inconscient...C'est assez pour plaider l'amnésie, la démence passagère, mais trop gros pour s'en contenter. D'autant qu'il est lui-même écrivain de romans policiers et qu'une telle conclusion ferait un rien bâclée. Toute l'affaire réside dans ce trou noir de quelques heures. Alors Drew ausculte sa mémoire, reconstitue, enquête, se filme, s'écrit... A-t-il vraiment pu occulter un tel acte ? L'a-t-on piégé ? Meurtrier qui s'ignore ou victime d'un traquenard diabolique ? Encre et sang n'ont pas fini de couler...
A trente-quatre ans, Nick Horrigan pensait avoir définitivement tiré un trait sur son passé. Mais, une nuit, des agents des services secrets font irruption chez lui et lui demandent de les suivre jusqu'à une centrale nucléaire. Un terroriste s'y est réfugié et exige de parler à Nick. Il prétend avoir été un ami de son beau-père, Franck, un agent secret assassiné dix-sept ans plus tôt dans des circonstances mystérieuses. Avant d'être abattu par la police, le forcené remet une clé au jeune homme et lui révèle que sa vie est désormais en jeu.
Obligé de replonger dans le cauchemar de son adolescence, Nick comprend rapidement que derrière ce drame familial se cachent des intrigues politiques fort compromettantes en cette veille d'élections présidentielles...
Pre-order Prodigal Son, the thrilling new Orphan X book from bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz.Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn''t even suspect existed . . .As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new name-The Nowhere Man-and a new mission, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. But the highest power in the country has made him a tempting offer-in exchange for an unofficial pardon, he must stop his clandestine activities as The Nowhere Man. Now Evan has to do the one thing he''s least equipped to do-live a normal life.But then he gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew-his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran-a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran''s only option. But when the hidden cabal catches on to what Evan is doing, everything he''s fought for is on the line-including his own life.>
Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, returns in the sequel to the bestseller Orphan X. Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was part of the Orphan program, an operation designed to create assassins. When Evan broke with the program, he reinvented himself as Nowhere Man. But the head of the Orphan program hasnt forgotten about him and will do anything to track down and eliminate Smoak.
THE STUNNING NEW ORPHAN X THRILLER FROM NO.1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR GREGG HURWITZ. br>br>''Do you need my help?''br>br>They called him Orphan X. Evan Smoak used to be a government secret weapon.br>Then he ran and became the man you call on when you''ve nowhere else to turn.br>br>This time it''s a teenage runaway called Joey.br>Like Evan she''s no innocent: she was brought up inside the same programme that raised him.br>br>Now Evan must find Joey before those hunting her do. br>Which is where the trouble begins.br>br>Because this might not be about Joey at all.br>And if it''s not, then it must be about Evan.br>br>But finding out why could kill them both ...br>br>''A masterpiece of suspense and thrills'' Daily Mailbr>br>''The page-turner of the season'' The Timesbr>br>''A rival to Reacher'' Independent>
THE PRESIDENTbr>br>For President Jonathan Bennett, reaching the White House was the realization of a lifetime''s ambition. He''s leader of the free world and the most powerful man on earth. But public support for his administration is wearing thin. And if the terrible truth about his rise to the top was exposed it would bury him. br>br>He will not let that happen. br>br>THE ASSASSINbr>br>As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from his foster home and inducted into a top secret Cold War programme. Code-named Orphan X, he was trained to become a lethal weapon, then dispatched around the world to do whatever was required to keep his country safe. When Evan discovered the mission was rotten to the core, he got out using his skills to hide in plain sight while helping those who can''t help themselvesbr>br>THE RECKONINGbr>br>But Evan knows about the President''s dark past. And that''s dangerous knowledge. To save himself and his country, Evan must ask himself one simple question: how do you kill the most well-protected man on earth? And, when he knows you''re coming for him, how do you stay alive long enough to try? One thing is certain: a desperate call for help from another unfortunate in urgent need of Evan''s protection isn''t going to make it any easier...br>br>Breathtakingly bold, brilliantly accomplished and blisteringly fast-paced, Out of the Dark is The Day of the Jackal for the twenty-first century.>