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The Woman From Prague
     

The Woman From Prague

by Rob Hart
 

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Amateur private investigator Ash McKenna's time is about to expire—on his visa, that is. Having fled the demons that haunted him in the U.S., Ash has been laying low in Prague for nearly three months. Now, it's time to move on. But as he contemplates his next stop, a man named Roman appears, claiming to work for the U.S. government, and possessing intimate

Overview

Amateur private investigator Ash McKenna's time is about to expire—on his visa, that is. Having fled the demons that haunted him in the U.S., Ash has been laying low in Prague for nearly three months. Now, it's time to move on. But as he contemplates his next stop, a man named Roman appears, claiming to work for the U.S. government, and possessing intimate knowledge of Ash's many sins. Sins nobody should know. Roman offers to protect him...in exchange for a favor.

It sounds simple: a bank employee named Samantha Sobolik is set to receive a package containing covert information in a handoff on the Charles Bridge. Ash must intercept the package, and deliver the contents to Roman. Ash refuses—until Roman threatens to kill his mother. Out of options and too far away to protect her, Ash agrees.

But when Ash gets to the bridge, he discovers that the handoff is actually a hit. Ash ends up battling a mysterious and deadly assassin in a fight he barely survives. As it turns out, the job is far more complicated and dangerous than anyone thought. Ash finds himself in a strange city, outmatched, hunted, and trapped in a dangerous game where nobody is what they seem—including Samantha. The Woman From Prague is a riveting novel of international suspense from one of the very best crime writers working today.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Lively...The story zigs and zags and then heads off in yet another direction, keeping one step ahead of the reader until it ends up in an unexpected but satisfying spot."
—Publishers Weekly

"The results are by turns loopy, action-packed, droll, and believable."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Excellent." —Seattle Review of Books

"Ash is truly fighting a war with himself on two different fronts...Each revelation, each symptom, is revealed in an organic manner that reads honest and true. Just go out and buy it."
—CrimeSpree Magazine

"Like any good book, things aren’t what they seem on the surface...a complex story where the line between the good guys and the bad guys is blurry, where the tough people are full of compassion and the seemingly innocent are willing to threaten or worse to get what they want. And the results reflect that reality."
—Criminal Element

Praise for CITY OF ROSE

"CITY OF ROSE has my favorite kind of hero, a tough guy romantic with a smart mouth and a dark past. Terrifically written, and populated with rich characters, this book had me by the throat from page one."
—Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of ONE KICK and HEARTSICK

“Brilliant…CITY OF ROSE, Rob Hart's latest Ash McKenna novel, is as sharp as the devil himself. Hart is a master storyteller who can turn a city into just as vital as any flesh and blood character.”
—Brian Panowich, author of BULL MOUNTAIN

"Well executed and strikes an appealing balance, rough without being sadistic, gritty without being sordid. ...an engaging read...characterized by Hart's quick and witty turns of phrase."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Appealing...readers will enjoy (Hart's) playful, jaded hero and twisty plot."
—Publishers Weekly

"CITY OF ROSE is briskly told, and Ash’s arch, loopy narration is often very funny. It’s been a good season for thrillers with a touch of comedy."
—Booklist

"CITY OF ROSE is as good as hoped...the sharp voice covers -- barely -- the raw emotion roiling within Ash as he searches for a friend's missing girl, learning parts of Portland he'd rather not see because in fact, he knows the violence within them all too well."
—Sarah Weinman, editor of WOMEN CRIME WRITERS and TROUBLED DAUGHTERS, TWISTED WIVES

Praise for NEW YORKED

"The New York of NEW YORKED is a place of heartbreak and murder that I highly recommend you visit." —Josh Bazell, author of BEAT THE REAPER

"Outstanding...I loved this novel. It may be the most quixotic hard-boiled I've read in ages. With clever nods to Chandler and lots of muscular metaphors, Hart has written an achingly lovely farewell to one man's past."
—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Hart's debut is a terse, grim, gritty, quickly moving noir that deftly explores post-9/11 New York...Ash is a wrecking ball of an investigator, a direct descendant of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer."
—Mystery Scene

"Edgy... relentless pacing and strong sense of place." —Publishers Weekly

"There are good action scenes, nice offbeat characters, but what lingers is the swoony dialogue... Noir with a tingle of doomed but sweet romance." —Booklist

"A bloody valentine to a New York fast disappearing, this debut is an urban noir populated with memorable characters."
—Library Journal

"A hard-boiled crime novelist in the vein of greats like Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain, not to mention modern masters like Lawrence Block and Dennis Lehane."
—Staten Island Advance

“The literary version of THE WARRIORS.” —Lyndsay Faye, author of THE GODS OF GOTHAM

"One part Dennis Lehane, one part Lee Child, and one part pure Rob Hart." —Jenny Milchman, author of COVER OF SNOW and RUIN FALLS

"With a deft eye for the dirt under its polished fingernails, Rob Hart finds the rotten core inside today's Big Apple." —Todd Robinson, author of THE HARD BOUNCE and editor of THUGLIT

"New York is a verb, and the chase is on. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough." —Suzy Vitello, author of THE MOMENT BEFORE and THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

“A masterful debut… this is a book that sticks with you.” —CrimeSpree Magazine

"Clever, witty, full of attitude—but never full of itself—Rob Hart’s debut novel doesn’t waste a syllable." —David Corbett, author of THE DEVIL'S REDHEAD and BLOOD OF PARADISE

"Like a sucker punch to the guts before you turn the first page." —Matthew McBride, author of FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER and A SWOLLEN RED SUN

"Hart delivers a suspenseful, gritty third book in the Ash McKenna series that admirers of the Southern grit lit tradition of Daniel Woodrell will enjoy. Readers of David Joy’s Where All Light Tends To Go will appreciate the rural setting in this novel, which can be read as a stand-alone."
--Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781943818471
Publisher:
Polis Books
Publication date:
07/11/2017
Series:
Ash McKenna Series , #5
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rob Hart is the author of three acclaimed previous Ash McKenna novels: NEW YORKED, CITY OF ROSE, and SOUTH VILLAGE. His short stories have appeared in publications like Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, Needle, Helix Literary Magazine, and Joyland. He has received both a Derringer Award nomination and honorable mention in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. His non-fiction articles have been featured at LitReactor, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Good Men Project, Birth.Movies.Death., the Powell's bookstore blog, and Nailed. He lives in New York City. Find him online at @robwhart and www.robwhart.com.