judith o'reilly, author
Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Publish)
The bullet in his brain isn't the problem. She is. Michael North is a hero, with a bullet in the brain to prove it. A bullet which has rewired his neural pathways and heightened his sense of intuition. A bullet which is driving him mad. Working for an extra-governmental agency called The Board, North knows one thing for sure. He is very good at killing very bad guys. But what happens when a hero is ordered to kill a good woman rather than a bad man? Because it turns out that rising political star, Honor Jones, MP, can't stop asking the right questions about the wrong people. He should follow orders. Shouldn't he?
While serving with the British army in Afghanistan, Michael North, the hero of O’Reilly’s pulse-pounding series kickoff, was shot in the head by a sniper, and the bullet that remains lodged in his brain could prove fatal at any moment. North finds meaning in whatever time he has left working as a master assassin for the Board, an “arms-length, extra-judicial, government agency,” founded by Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham. North’s latest target is Honor Jones, a young and gorgeous Tory MP who has been deemed an extreme security risk. When he catches up with her in a London park, he’s flummoxed to find her waiting for him. In their subsequent conversation, he’s unsettled by Jones’s belief that she’s in the crosshairs because of her search for a missing friend, astronomer Peggy Boland. By deciding to spare her life, North joins her at the top of the Board’s most wanted list. O’Reilly adds depth to the suspenseful plot line with a plausible speculation of the repercussions of a Trump administration’s decision to slash military aid to the U.K. Readers will look forward to North’s next adventure. (BookLife)
Frederick Forsyth (author, The Day of the Jackal)
"New thriller writers come and go. I suspect this lady will stick around."