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Publisher's Summary

"Quirk has earned his spot in the front ranks of thriller writers. Opens with a bang and keeps exploding for three hundred pages." (David Baldacci, New York Times best-selling author of A Minute to Midnight)

Framed and on the run for his life, a former Secret Service agent discovers how far some men will go to grasp the highest office in the land in this electrifying tale from the author of The Night Agent - a propulsive political thriller reminiscent of the best early Baldacci and Grisham novels.

As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a "red teamer", he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities - before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.

His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. But soon after he breaches the man's study, the home's inner sanctum, Nick finds himself entangled in a vicious crime that will shake Washington to its foundations - as all the evidence points to Nick.

Nick knows he's the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth - a search that leads to a dark conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.

To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets. 

"This one is a gritty, intense political thriller, filled with nuance and dire exploits. Totally entertaining. A treat from start to finish." (Steve Berry, author of The Malta Exchange)

©2020 Matthew Quirk (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Fast Paced-Very Entertaining!

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced political action thriller. There is enough character development in this stand alone to give reason to the story. Full of action and betrayal at the highest levels the book kept me captivated. The publisher’s summary gives enough information so I will not add to it. As an avid fan of Will Damron, I must admit that having him narrate is a big PLUS for me. This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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Outstanding political thriller!

Audible calls HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN an espionage thriller; it is not. It definitely is a political thriller which deals with murder and corruption at the highest levels of the US government. The publisher's summary sets up this novel well. Narration by Will Damron is even better than the novel.

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Good but a bit draggy

Good story but dragged a bit. I love most of this authors work though, will definitely read the next.

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Wow - Totally Surprised at How Great this Book Was

I was looking for something new since I had already listened to all the latest from my favorite authors in this genre and came across this gem. Great character development and characters, plenty of action and suspense, well paced and surprises - total package of a good suspense novel. I am going back to see what else Quirk has written. Highly recommend this book.

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Excellent story and interesting characters

The story was superb and made even better by an excellent narrator. The author knows his stuff and told a story with extra meaning during this election year.

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From start to finish!

Heart-rate elevating start leading to relief, then BAM! all the trouble begins! So many corrupt people! Friendships betrayed. The story lost a star for 2 simplistic or unreal parts: he found the key lady way too easily, and the whole interaction with his wife was weird. He loves her madly, but she did not show well in this story, and he did not treat her as he should have if he trusted and loved her so much. The interaction between the politicos was wonderful but sad. Narration was great.