November 2017

Zoe Sharp - Fox Hunter

"‘Fox Hunter’ has been a long time coming and Sharp has made damned sure her fans aren’t disappointed."

Charlie Fox will never forget the men who put a brutal end to her military career, but she vowed a long time ago she would not go looking for them.

Now she doesn't have a choice.

Her boss and former lover, Sean Meyer, is missing in Iraq where one of those men was working as a private security contractor. When the man's butchered body is discovered, Charlie fears that Sean may be pursuing a twisted vendetta on her behalf.

Sean's partner in their exclusive New York close-protection agency needs this dealt with - fast and quiet - before everything they've worked for is in ruins. He sends Charlie to the Middle East with very specific instructions: 'Find Sean Meyer and stop him. By whatever means necessary.'

At one time Charlie thought she knew Sean better than she knew herself, but it seems he's turned into a violent stranger. As the trail grows bloodier, Charlie realises that unless she can get to Sean first, the hunter may soon become the hunted.

Regular visitors to Crimesquad will know of my love for Zoe Sharp's writing and are probably expecting another rave review. Well, they're not wrong. 'Fox Hunter' has been a long time coming and Sharp has made damned sure her fans aren't disappointed.

The plotting is as sumptuous as ever and in this novel Sharp excels herself with a fast-paced thriller which drags the reader along like a spell-bound prisoner.

Where the novel really shines is in its characterisation. Charlie Fox is as mean and moody as ever, but there are chinks of compassion from her as Sharp puts Fox through every emotional wringer possible. The support characters are all well drawn and play their parts admirably, but none of them are allowed to steal Fox's thunder.

In what I'm sure will be viewed as a transitional novel, Sharp leaves no box unticked and sets the scene for future character development. If you like a kick-ass heroine with more demons than Lucifer himself, this is the book for you.

Reviewed by: G.S.

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