“Hour of the Assassin” opens in a third person narrative by Nick Averose with bits of first person. Readers get into his head as he talks to himself, plans, and evaluates options.
Assassination is a tense, sweaty business. Fear, danger, and angst explode from the pages as Averose stealthy pursues his target. He waits; he observes; he sits in the bushes for the fifty-third minute. Then, not waiting until later in the book, the plot takes the first unexpected turn.
Quirk created a book about power, those who want it and what they will do to get it; those who have it and what they will do to keep it. Conspiracies are vast, involved, and well planned. The pace is relentless, and danger looms at the turn of each page.
The cast of characters is complex and diverse. Nick Averose is confident, capable, and self-assured. “If I killed him, I would have done a better job.” People share a dangerous secret that needs to disappear. However, sometimes people just do not get over a tragic event in the past. What was once hidden threatens to come for them. “Hour of the Assassin” is Washington at its worst: all the corruption and blood sport of high politics. I was given a review copy by Matthew Quirk, William Morrow, and HarperCollins. It is a compelling and deadly game of hide and seek that readers see from both sides. Once I started reading I could not put it down.