She is supposed to be dog-sitting, not leading the resistance, but what’s a girl to do when her housing estate turns into an urban battlefield?
No good deed goes unpunished. That’s what Charlie Fox discovers when she agrees to dog-sit for a friend, only to find the woman’s housing estate being terrorised by violent gangs.
Desperate and frightened, the residents have hired a freelance “security” firm, whose bully-boy tactics aren’t a whole lot more appealing.
With her motorbike on hand and a big dog by her side, Charlie is more than able to take care of herself, until a ghost from her Army past comes calling.
Someone she was trying very hard to forget.
To save the locals of the Lavender Gardens estate—not to mention her own skin—Charlie’s going to have to learn to trust somebody. And that’s going to be a tough lesson. Trust has never been her strong suit.
If you like strong yet believable female protagonists, who will take down the bad guys without hesitation but who are still human enough to care, then Charlie Fox is definitely for you. Readers have found this second instalment well-written, gritty, and hard to put down. A real page turner. *Revised and updated edition
Author’s Note:This is Book #2 in the long-running Charlie Fox series. If you want to find out her backstory—how she reconnected with Sean Meyer after their time in the Army—this is where to look. If you’re more interested in Charlie’s career as a close-protection operative, then I’d recommend you begin with either Book #3, HARD KNOCKS, when she’s undergoing bodyguard training at a school in Germany. Or when her new job starts with a bang in Book #4, FIRST DROP, when she and her teenage charge find themselves on the run in Florida.
★★★★★ PRAISE FOR ZOE SHARP AND CHARLIE FOX
*“The bloody bar fights are bloody brilliant and Charlie’s skills are formidable and for real.” ~Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
*“Charlotte (Charlie) Fox could give Cotton Malone a run for his money, but I think he'd enjoy every minute of it.” ~Steve Berry
*“Male and female crime fiction readers alike will find Sharp's writing style addictively readable—one of the very best crime fiction sagas out there.” ~Paul Goat Allen, Chicago Tribune
*“I highly recommend this series!” ~Ian Rankin*“Sharp's heroine Charlie Fox has to be one of the best characters in the crime thriller genre.” ~Graham Smith, crimesquad
*“Zoe Sharp is one of the sharpest, coolest, and most intriguing writers I know. She delivers dramatic, action-packed novels with characters we really care about." ~Harlan Coben
*“This is the follow-up to Sharp's exceptionally sharp debut last year… It's hard to believe this is only her second crime book—she makes it all seem so effortless.” ~Yorkshire Post
*“Breathlessly compelling and utterly real, this novel will keep you turning pages till dawn. Charlie Fox is simply the best.” ~Jeffery Deaver
★★★★★ READER REVIEWS
*“Gritty down to earth, set in places that appear realistic of today's society. Once you have read this book you will be looking for the rest of the Charlie Fox books.”
*“Character development, relationships between estranged daughter and father and between former lovers are explored against a backdrop of community unrest and racial tension. An excellent read. Kept me guessing!”
*“Zoe Sharp hooks you quick and keeps you! Charlie Fox is an amazing well-rounded character. She is relatable and breaks barriers women can appreciate. I can't get enough.”
*“I love this series. Charlie is an exceptional protagonist. The taut writing style, solid plot and great humor makes for a wonderful read.”
*“Best heroine since VI Warshawski! GREAT READ.”
*“Her writing style is so spare and so visual, that you forget the words are there at all.”*“I NEVER guessed the bad guy in advance. I hate when that happens!”
*“Charlie Fox is a female Reacher. The books are not as violent but they are just as good. She weaves an amazing story that is completely believable. Great books!”
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About the Author
Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire but spent her formative years living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England.
After a promising start at a private girls' school, she opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve. She wrote her first novel when she was fifteen and created her no-nonsense ex-Special Forces turned bodyguard heroine Charlie Fox after receiving death-threat letters in the course of her work as a photojournalist.
Sharp’s short stories have been used in school textbooks and turned into short films, and the Charlie Fox series has been optioned for TV and film.
Her work has been nominated for numerous awards both in the UK and the USA, and her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Strand Magazine.
A keen library supporter and public speaker, she blogs regularly on the acclaimed group website www.MurderIsEverywhere.blogspot.co.uk. She also witters on Twitter (@AuthorZoeSharp) and fools about on www.Facebook.com (ZoeSharpAuthor).
Zoë currently lives in the English Lake District. Her hobbies are sailing, fast cars (and faster motorbikes), target shooting, travel, films, photography, music, occasional construction projects and reading just about anything she can get her hands on.