When it comes to cleverly plotted thrillers filled with memorable characters, Gregg Hurwitz tops the list. I’ve been a fan of his work for years, and would argue that his prose is some of the best this business has to offer. His latest creation, Evan Smoak, is both a homage to the Jason Bournes and Jack Reachers of the world as well as a unique take on the cliched “killer with a conscience” motif.
In this second book in his series, Hurwitz reverses the normal procession of the hero helping those in need by having our hero captured and locked away. The character motivations ring true and there’s (no surprise here) an incredible amount of well-researched and nuanced intricacies, which always serve to ground Hurwitz’s novels and make them more “real.”
The ultimate reason this book shines, however, is that you just want to spend time with the protagonist, Evan Smoak. He really comes into his own in this second outing, breaking the mold of those who have gone before. It’s great to see Hurwitz’s star continue to rise, and I have the feeling this is just the beginning of a series that will challenge what we’ve come to expect from our vigilante heroes. A solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.