Dead Man Switch

Dead Man Switch

by Matthew Quirk


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Dead Man Switch by Matthew Quirk

"WHEN IT COMES TO QUIRK, I FOLLOW A SIMPLE THREE-STEP PLAN: BUY, CANCEL PLANS, READ." --Gregg Hurwitz, bestselling author of Orphan X and The Nowhere Man

Someone is hunting down America's most elite special ops soldiers--in their homes.

A deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast. A burglary gone wrong in Virginia. These incidents seem unrelated, but the victims all were living undercover, their true identities closely held secrets. They are members of a classified team, the last line of defense against foreign threats. Now someone is assassinating them, one by one, taking out family members and innocent bystanders to make the deaths seem like accidents.

Captain John Hayes, a special operations legend, has left the military to settle down with his family. But when he pieces together a pattern behind the murders and discovers that his protégée Claire Rhodes, a brilliant assassin, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to unmask the attackers.

With every success, the killers grow bolder. Their ultimate goal: Lure Hayes and his remaining fellow soldiers to Manhattan, to eliminate them all in a single devastating strike. To save his teammates and thousands of innocent lives, Hayes must find a way to stop a seemingly unstoppable weapon.

Dead Man Switch delivers nonstop twists, turns, and action in a high-stakes thriller about what happens when the fight abroad follows our covert operators home--and their painstakingly constructed double lives are shattered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316259231
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 662,313
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic, reporting on a variety of subjects, including crime, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego.

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3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Dead Man Switch” by Matthew Quirk is a covert operations thriller with a terrifying twist – the threats are now in the United States. It is both riveting and compellingly frightening as current and former members of a U.S. covert operations team die accidentally, in the U.S., but under circumstances too suspicious to be mere accidents. Who is killing the families and members of this “black-ops” operation, and how can it possibly be stopped without putting everyone in danger? Perhaps it can’t. I will not give away the many twist and turns (and they are MANY) in the plot, but no one is who they seem to be, and no one can be trusted. Right from the start, people who are dead, or about to be dead, are not dead, but then, maybe they are; it’s complicated. Those complications are the crux of the sensational conspiracy. The action is precisely described and technically detailed. There is violence but without excessively graphic gore. It won’t give you a stress-induced headache because of the blood and guts -- just a regular nail-biting headache from chills, thrills, anxiety, stress, murder and speculation about what could possibly happen next. Just when you want to stop and catch your breath, something changes dramatically. There are diversions and complications all along the way to a tragic ending. I received a copy of “Dead Man Switch” from Matthew Quirk to review, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the second book in the John Hayes series, the first being “Cold Barrel Zero” which I also highly recommend. It is not necessary to have read the first book in order to appreciate this one. Contextual references throughout the book fill in relevant background without wasting pages and pages rehashing the first book. Plan your schedule carefully; once you start “Dead Man Switch” you will not be able to put it down.