At the Sharp End . . .

The World of ZoŽ Sharp − Author of the Charlie Fox Thriller Series

FOX HUNTER: Charlie Fox book twelve

'The dead man had not gone quietly . . . There was a time when I would have given everything I owned to be the one responsible for that.'

FOX HUNTER UK

Charlie Fox will never forget the men who put a brutal end to her military career, but she vowed a long time ago she would not go looking for them.

Gritty, hard-hitting, all-around outstanding crime fiction
Booklist starred review

Now she doesnít have a choice.

Her boss and former lover, Sean Meyer, is missing in Iraq where one of those men was working as a private security contractor. When the manís butchered body is discovered, Charlie fears that Sean may be pursuing a twisted vendetta on her behalf.

Seanís partner in their exclusive New York close-protection agency needs this dealt with—fast and quiet—before everything theyíve worked for is in ruins. He sends Charlie to the Middle East with very specific instructions:

Find Sean Meyer and stop him. By whatever means necessary.

At one time Charlie thought she knew Sean better than she knew herself, but it seems heís turned into a violent stranger. As the trail grows more bloody, Charlie realises that unless she can get to Sean first, the hunter may soon become the hunted.

From the author's notebook

This is a story thatís been a long time coming, in many ways. Iíve always known that sooner or later I was going to have to tell you what happened to Charlie when she was in the army, but Iíve held off doing so in any great detail. I try to include a different little snippet of that backstory in every book, but Charlie has always taken what happened at face value and tried to put it behind her—until now.

The four men who ended Charlieís military career in such brutal fashion have been mentioned and alluded to in previous books in the series. Itís fair to say that when sheís in danger, and forced to respond to a situation with violence, theyíre never too far from her thoughts. She is a product of her experiences after all.

But in FOX HUNTER I wanted Charlie to question what really happened back then, and why. With the scandal of the hazing of trainees at the Deep Cut army base resurfacing in recent months, it seemed especially relevant to add another layer to the story.

Setting the book in the Middle East, among the world of the Private Military Contractors, helped create another male-dominated environment, where women are treated very differently. Iíve travelled in Jordan and wanted to include the unique flavour of that country in this book. Najidaís story is fiction, but based on similar very real accounts.

To this mix I added more strong women to work against, with, or alongside Charlie. One of those women, Aubrey Hamilton, bid to be included in the charity auction at the Bouchercon Mystery Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. I was delighted to make her the no-nonsense character she appears in these pages.