At the Sharp End . . .

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

THIRD STRIKE: Charlie Fox book seven

'I was running when I saw my father kill himself. Not that he jumped off a tall building or stepped in front of a truck but − professionally, personally − what I watched him do was suicide.'


The last person that ex-Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, ever expected to self-destruct was her own father, an eminent consultant surgeon. But when Charlie unexpectedly sees him admitting to gross professional misconduct on a New York news program, she can't just stand by and watch his downfall.

captures readers on the first page and doesn't let go − highly recommended
Library Journal starred review

That's not easy when Richard Foxcroft, always cold towards his daughter, rejects her help at every turn. The good doctor has never made any secret of his disapproval of Charlie's choice of career − or her relationship with her boss, Sean Meyer. And now, just as Charlie and Sean are settling in to their new life in the States, Foxcroft seems determined to go down in a blazing lack of glory, taking his daughter and everyone she cares about down with him.

But those behind Foxcroft's fall from grace have not bargained on Charlie's own ruthless streak. A deadly professional who's always struggled to keep her killer instinct under control, this time she has very personal reasons for wanting to neutralise the threat to her reluctant principal. And when the threads of the conspiracy reach deep into a global corporation with almost unlimited resources, the battle is going to be bitter and bloody.

From the author's notebook

THIRD STRIKE was another instance where I was honoured to offer a character name to be auctioned off in aid of the Wisconsin Literacy charity at the Bouchercon Mystery Convention in Madison, 2006. The eventual winning bid came from Terry O'Loughlin and I'm delighted to include Terry in the book. The character plays a pretty pivotal role, and once again I've tried to include as many little snippets of Terry's life − interest in football, the law, the four cats, holiday destination − as possible. I even asked for an opinion on what kind of fast car the character ought to drive. And I know they say you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story, but mixing fact with fiction in this case was a lot of fun.

The book is partly set in New York City, where Charlie and Sean have taken up residence after the events of SECOND SHOT. Until 2005, we hadn't been to NYC for years, but we went for a visit in June of that year. At that time I had no intention of setting a book there, but turning off my brain isn't that easy and I soon found myself jotting down a whole load of my impressions of the place, more out of habit than with research in mind. Those notes came in very useful indeed when I was fleshing out the book. Just goes to show, in this job nothing is ever wasted.