Black Nowhere

Black Nowhere

by Reece Hirsch


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Chasing a cybercriminal into the pitch-black heart of the Dark Web.

Special Agent Lisa Tanchik is the best at taking down cybercriminals. So when the FBI discovers a multibillion-dollar black market online, she’s tasked with finding the creator and bringing him to justice. Donning one of her many digital disguises, Tanchik goes undercover into the network.

Brilliant college student Nate Fallon started his site as an idealistic experiment. But his platform has made illegal trade not only more efficient—but also more dangerous. Now the FBI aren’t the only ones out to get him. As profits soar, a criminal organization casts its monstrous gaze on Fallon, and danger leaps from cyberspace into reality.

Feeling pressure from both sides of the law, Fallon is forced to make a decision with shattering consequences. Can Agent Tanchik find Fallon before his dangerous infrastructure falls into the wrong hands?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542042895
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Series: Lisa Tanchik Series , #1
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Reece Hirsch is the author of five thrillers that draw upon his background as a privacy attorney. His first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. His next three books, The Adversary, Intrusion, and Surveillance, all feature former Department of Justice cybercrimes prosecutor Chris Bruen. Hirsch is a partner at the San Francisco office of an international law firm and cochair of its privacy-and-cybersecurity practice. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation ( He lives in the Bay Area with his wife. Find out more at

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Black Nowhere 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LEH0644 7 days ago
Nate Fallon is enrolled in Stanford’s graduate program in physics and is bored with school. He has started small companies that fizzled out but got an idea of setting up an internet site for the sale of all kinds of drugs to buyers in return for his 7% fee. He names the site Kyte and sales skyrocket and he is soon earning $70,000 per day in fees. The site attracts FBI agent Lisa Tanchik and she is concerned when she sees what is offered on the site. She knows the site needs to be taken down and the man responsible needs to be arrested. But the government is the least of Nate’s worries because the success of his site has cut into the sales of the Zeta cartel and they are not happy. This is the fourth book written by Reece Hirsch that I have read. All have been well written with a great story line.
Steve Aberle 9 days ago
Despite the name of the book Black Nowhere, the special agent who is our hero in this engaging who done it is going to have a brilliant career. The story involves technology but not to the point where the reader begins to doze. The plot and the characters and the premise are all spectacular which produces a terrific story. What I also liked about the story is that it posed philosophical questions about the use of technology that is so pervasive in today's world. Our female special agent is a character that you want to spend time with on the case. One can only hope that this is not a one-off and that we can look for many more entries.
JBronder 11 days ago
Nate Fallon starts a marketplace called Kyte on the dark web to provide drugs to users. He is quickly successful and is quickly making lots of money. But the more money he makes the more people he attracts. The FBI are watching him along with some cartel people that are not very happy with Nate. Lisa Tanchik is a FBI agent that has issues and a past and is given this case. She has some personal demons but is determined to catch Nate before the cartel does. This was an interesting read. I admit that I have heard about the dark web and don’t really want to think about everything that goes on there. Nate was a greedy jerk that only focused on the money, like a regular drug dealer. But he had a chip on his shoulder since he couldn’t really get any fame from what he was accomplishing with Kyte. Lisa as some serious issues and I can’t believe the things she did, drinking vodka out of a sports bottle at work and diagnosed depression. I understand things you can get away with in the workplace but you would think the FBI has a bit higher standards than that. Overall I thought this was a good read that kept my attention and I was curious about how the story was going to end. I have not heard of Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road and could see how this story would come from the real life events. Now I’m curious to see what happened in real life and compare to Black Nowhere. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
BookAddictFL 14 days ago
The problem with writing novels based on current events is that, by the time the book is published, the events are no longer current. Black Nowhere features a Darknet site called Kyte. The author has clearly copied the real Silk Road Marketplace, a Darknet site launched in 2011 and shut down by the FBI in 2013. In this fictionalized story, the FBI is clueless about this sort of site existing on the Darknet, and so everything that happens in the story feels dated. If you don't know anything about the Darknet, you might be interested in this loosely fictionalized version of Silk Road. I was mostly annoyed by the similarities of the sites and the ignorance of the FBI. Still, I persevered, hoping the story would surprise me. But the characters are flat and dull and stereotypical. Our heroine is a young woman who suffers from clinical depression. She self-medicates with various drugs and large amounts of alcohol kept in her water bottle. She's treated like crap by the FBI because she's young and female, but she somehow manages to put them all to shame while battling depression and addiction. The male lead is a college student based on Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road Marketplace. His character is childish and wholly unlikable. The dialogue doesn't sound at all like that of twentysomething tech nerds. The interactions are stilted and dull. I gave up at 35% on my Kindle. *I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley.*