by Shannon Kirk

Narrated by Allyson Ryan

Unabridged — 11 hours, 30 minutes



by Shannon Kirk

Narrated by Allyson Ryan

Unabridged — 11 hours, 30 minutes

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Greta Vinet Seville, E-Discovery Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at the international law firm of Coarse & Cotton, finds herself on the run from her own firm after absconding with firm data to conduct her investigation, and enlists a diverse cast of friends and experts to help her comb through the mountains of data that confirms a trail of corruption that has shaped generations.

Her off-the-books, rag-tag legal team includes a genius litigation technology professional, a possibly psychopathic (but effective) summer associate, an AP investigative reporter, a classical painting art restorer, Greta's philosophy professor brother, and Greta's love interest, a compliance attorney at Tenkill. Romance, action, technology law, corruption are all explored, and married with Greta's personal backstory about a renegade, vigilante aunt whose been on the run for decades and fighting her own politically charged battles.

They create a make-shift war room in a historic Salem, Massachusetts home, and their pursuit of more evidence leads them in action-packed chases around Boston . . . and a massive hospital-Tenkill-that is at the center of the corruption. But this investigation is like no other Greta has ever conducted, as people who have millions to lose and careers to ruin have and will kill to keep what she seeks to uncover secret.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly


Set in a 2020 Covid-free world in which the U.S. president is the Trump-like Hubert M. Davies, this intriguing legal thriller from Kirk (Method 15/33) stars politically progressive lawyer Greta Vinet Seville, a partner at Coarse & Cotton in Boston. When Davies’s William Barr–like attorney general, Raymond Honeywell, resigns in June of that year and joins Coarse & Cotton as a partner, Greta is appalled. Her personal distaste for her new colleague turns into something more serious when her work as the firm’s e-discovery counsel, which involves using technology to maximize searches through millions of documents for litigation, reveals something sinister. A chance find buttresses her suspicions that Honeywell participated in “an illegal campaign finance scheme related to private prisons” concentrated on the Texas border, where the Davis administration had caged border-crossing children seeking asylum. That discovery places her career, liberty, and life in jeopardy as she teams up with an eccentric group to hold Honeywell to account. The fast pacing and plot twists compensate for less-than-robust characterizations. Greta and crew are capable of sustaining a sequel. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron & Assoc. (Jan.)

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“Completely original and totally kick ass! Shannon Kirk pulls no punches in this adrenaline rush of a thriller where the victim is the one to watch, while the kidnappers learn to fear. Loved it!” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author

Method 15/33 is crowded with fascinating characters but the standout is the kidnapped pregnant teenager. Her captors want her baby. Little do they know they've brought an insanely brilliant, angry, vengeful, borderline sociopath under their roof.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times best-selling author

* “In Kirk’s harrowing first novel, a kidnap victim—16 years old and pregnant—meticulously plots her escape . . . This exciting tale builds to a surprising climax.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

* “Nietzsche warned us to beware of people with a strong desire to punish. That thought lingers after putting down this dark, disturbing, damnably readable novel . . . a worthy challenge, a joy to discuss . . .” —Booklist (Starred Review)

* “Give this to teens who read Stephen King and other psychological thrillers, especially those with a penchant for dark and violent suspense.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)

“Shannon Kirk’s riveting debut novel, Method 15/33, features kidnapped pregnant teen Lisa Yyland. Readers will see parallels between Lisa and Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, both victims who refuse to be victimized . . . Welcome a thrilling new voice in crime fiction.” —The Boston Globe

“Wow. Ridiculously good. Crazy good. Brilliantly heart-stoppingly nail-bitingly original, this is a true thriller tour de force. Shannon Kirk is an instant star.” —Hank Philippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author

“What happens when infant traffickers kidnap the wrong pregnant teen? You get Method 15/33, a cross between The Lovely Bones and Silence of the Lambs. Shannon’s debut thriller is a dark, literate page-turner, utterly compelling.” —Leonard Rosen, award-winning author

“Kidnapped, close to death, and about to give birth, this thriller’s brilliant and slightly sociopathic protagonist is determined not only to save herself and her baby, but also to exact a horrible revenge on her captors. A gripping, unsettling work with a young woman who is unrelenting in her single-minded pursuit of her mission.” —Best Adult Books 4 Teens, School Library Journal

Method 15/33 takes us to some very dark places, and at times, we can’t help but wonder whose soul is the darker—the captor’s or the captive’s . . .” —Mystery Scene


“…[A] brilliantly constructed novel…The pieces of the characters’ broken lives finally slip into place in a truly thrilling climax. Kirk draws the reader into a fascinating world of shifting truths whose details are by turns grotesque, funny, creepy, thoughtful, and exhilarating.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A deftly crafted suspense thriller of a novel, Gretchen is a truly compelling page-turner of a read from beginning to end.” —Midwest Book Review

“Suspense galore and creepiness abound…Kirk really is fantastic at keeping you guessing and surprising the reader with bizarre twists that click everything into place!…Five stars to this creepy book!” Night Worms

Gretchen is a very dark suspense/thriller…What you’ll find in this book are two interwoven tales, a mother and daughter on the run, full of secrets, and a father/daughter duo just trying to enjoy their ‘projects’…While the whole book moves well, the last half blazes a trail of ‘on the edge of your seat’ writing. Wow.” Ladies of Horror Fiction

“Just like Gillian Flynn is the queen of ‘disturbing’, Shannon Kirk is the queen of ‘insane and creepy’…The author knows how to create a deranged character and make them blend flawlessly into an unsettling, cinematic storyline. Her writing style definitely stands out.” Ludwig's Thrillers

“There is a likeable narrator struggling through a personal drama, an atmospheric location that sets the stage for dread, and a cast of characters that are hiding so many secrets it’s hard to keep up. Whatever you think you’re getting into with this book, it’s that and so much more!” What Jess Reads

“Shannon Kirk is well on her way to establishing her very own brand—maybe her own genre. After last year’s In the Vines, Kirk returns with another unique blend of Gothic, Horror, and Mystery. It is not easy to come up with something that is completely different, but Shannon Kirk certainly manages to do that.” BOLO Books

“…gripping…Kirk’s flair for description brings the creepy landlord and his daughter’s bizarre lives and dwelling vividly to life.” —Crime Fiction Lover

Gretchen is a remarkable psychological thriller with horror and cult aspects…Oh, and a creepy little girl obsessed with puzzles.” She Reads

Gretchen terrified me, made me laugh, made my jaw hit the floor…I had to wonder what kind of sorceress Kirk is, to have wormed her way into my brain and then written exactly the kind of story that makes me jump out of my skin and burns its way into my memory. The best kind.” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Until the Day I Die

“Spine-tingling and deliciously creepy, Shannon Kirk’s Gretchen has a way of getting into your head, making you frantically turn the pages to find out what she’ll do next, and who she’ll let live. Even if you’re a master at expecting the unexpected, you might want to read with the lights on.” —Hannah McKinnon, author of Sailing Lessons

“Shannon Kirk is known for her complex, layered portrayals of strong women of all ages, and her latest does not disappoint. Creepy, haunting, and beautifully told in Kirk’s signature lyrical prose, Gretchen is a blend of the best of thriller and horror. This is Kirk’s most masterful storytelling yet.” —Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar Of Hearts

“I’m so glad I read this during the daytime, when the sun was shining and I was in a plane full of people…Five terrifying stars.” —Kimberly Belle, bestselling author of Three Days Missing and Dear Wife


Outstanding Praise for TENKILL

“TENKILL is dazzling in its voice, its pace, its setting, and its determination to use the law as a force for good. I hope Kirk is already working on a sequel.”

—Joseph  Finder, New York Times bestselling author of  House on Fire

"(An) intriguing legal thriller...fast pacing and plot twists...Greta and crew are capable of sustaining a sequel." Publishers Weekly

“Kirk’s legal expertise is apparent in the investigation’s absorbing high-tech details, and the tense, carefully plotted chases through Boston’s streets have a cinematic quality.” Booklist

"Far more than just an energetic page-turner, it’s a commentary on our country’s recent four-year flirtation with anarchy. And in Greta Seville, readers have a fictional embodiment of every American still fighting to keep our democracy alive." Washington Independent Review of Books

"One of the Most Anticipated Thrillers of 2023." —She Reads

 “I loved it! Heart pounding excitement from beginning to end. With an authentic and immersive Boston setting, and brilliantly original characters, and a completely propulsive story.  I could not put this down.” —Hank Philippi Ryan, bestselling author of The House Guest

"I’m not sure I can adequately express how much I loved this book. It’s a legal thriller, sure, but also so much more. I loved this cast of characters, the plot moves at a delicious breathtaking pace, and yet everything is so richly drawn and emotional. It’s been compared to The Firm, which I also loved, but I think it’s better. I’d read the hell out of a sequel, or whatever else Shannon writes."  —Tara Laskowski, author of One Night Gone 

"Fast-paced. If you like novels with strong female protagonists and feminist takes on the classics, add this one to your list." Reader's Digest 

“TENKILL is a fever dream of crime and punishment from a real-life legal virtuoso. Surreal and freewheeling at times, funny, harrowing, and terrifyingly realistic at others, she brilliantly captures the maddening absurdity of today’s climate of rampant corruption and unchecked white collar crime and the genius and grit necessary for the warriors of the law to bring them to justice. A Picasso of a legal thriller.” Emily Carpenter, Amazon bestselling author of BURYING THE HONEYSUCKLE GIRLS and EVERY SINGLE SECRET

"Shannon Kirk takes readers on a thrill ride of 21st-century lawyering that left me breathless all the way until the explosive end. The novel is a thriller, yes, but it’s textured with gothic and lyrical elements that never get in the way of the plot’s propulsive motion but somehow make the story add up to something bigger than you think it will be."  

—Elisabeth Elo, author of Finding Katarina M. and North of Boston

"A wild ride, packed with originality, humanity, and energy. Add in a fast-paced delivery, smart, individualistic, snarky, funny characters, and you have a thriller that won’t let go until you turn the last page." —Margaret Murphy, Dagger-winning author of Before He Kills Again

"One of the top 10 thriller and suspense books to read in 2023." —Trenzle

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160405452
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication date: 07/04/2023
Edition description: Unabridged
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