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Review: Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk

Title: Hour of the Assassin
Author: Matthew Quirk
Year Published: 2020

Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 560
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map): US (VA, DC)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer,” he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities—before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.

His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. But soon after he breaches the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, Nick finds himself entangled in a vicious crime that will shake Washington to its foundations—as all the evidence points to Nick.

Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth—a search that leads to a dark conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.

To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets. 

Review: I chose this book as one of my Book of the Month books and am glad I did. During the lockdown that is our new normal while the Corona virus rages throughout the world, I was having trouble focusing on books. So, I decided to try a book that wasn't to heavy and this was just the right one.

This political thriller kept my attention from the very beginning. Nick is a likable character and the supporting characters--both bad guys (and there are plenty of them and people Nick trusts--are real and interesting.

Reading this in an election year is especially good since that's the basis of the plot: what will people do to remain close to the next president, to ensure that they have control of the United States. If you have any interest in Washington, DC power politics and the backroom shenanigans, you'll enjoy this novel.

Challenges for which this counts: 
For the Pop Sugar challenge, this book has the same title as a movie, but they are unrelated.

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