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This audiobook includes a bonus conversation between the author and Jack Carr.

The Sunday Times bestselling series returns – and Orphan X faces his most challenging mission ever . . .

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 neighbour 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 – suppling employment in legitimate operations, providing help to the helpless, a 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 armoured 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.

© Gregg Hurwitz 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Nonstop action and relentless pacing are matched by deeply philosophical and powerfully emotional undertones. Unlike comparable series that tend to lose steam after several instalments, this series just gets better as it evolves

    Publishers Weekly
  • Hurwitz gives his seventh Orphan X thriller an epic scope, writing with verve and color . . . A crackerjack thriller that briskly enhances the legend of Orphan X

    Kirkus
  • The Orphan X series has always been about moral ambiguity and the razor-thin line separating right from wrong, but this novel takes Evan even farther down the dark road than he’s been before . . . Evan Smoak is one of thrillerdom’s most compelling characters, and Hurwitz keeps revealing new aspects of his complex personality. Another sure-fire hit

    Booklist
  • Praise for the Orphan X Series

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  • Sheer escapist fantasy . . . Sharp, stylish prose, an immensely entertaining adventure

    The Times
  • A stellar series, and the stories get better with each instalment. [Evan Smoak is] the man you want in your corner when justice is needed

    Daily Mail

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