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A private security agent finds that being branded as the City of Angels’ latest hero could also make her its next victim.…
Justine Poole provides security for wealthy and high-profile Hollywood stars, but that all changes when a job puts her in the limelight. When she prevents a brazen robbery at the Beverly Hills home of two of her clients—killing two of the five armed robbers in the process—she is initially lauded in the media as a local hero. But the spotlight soon puts her in the crosshairs of the crime kingpin behind the burglaries.
Unable to stand the embarrassment of his lackeys having been defeated by a lone woman, Mr. Conger puts in a call to the one man who can make his problems disappear. Known for his swiftness and subtlety, Leo Sealy will kill anyone for a price. All he needs is a name and a face, any starting point to pick up his victim’s trail. Luckily for him, the local news is as eager as he is for any information about the heroic bodyguard—and quick to broadcast their findings, regardless of what it might mean for her safety. But Sealy isn’t prepared for just how quick and resourceful Justine can be...
So begins a cat and mouse game that only Thomas Perry—“master of nail-biting suspense” (Los Angeles Times)—could devise, featuring two characters who know more about deadly pursuit than anyone else in the business. As the hardened killer stalks her, Justine learns that the fickle media landscape can turn its celebration into condemnation at a moment’s notice, and soon finds that public opinion can be every bit as fatal as organized crime.
About the Author
Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including Murder Book, the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series, The Old Man, and The Butcher’s Boy, which won the Edgar Award. He lives in Southern California.
A cat-and-mouse tale done to a turn by a veteran who doesn’t waste a word or a tear. — Kirkus STARRED REVIEW
So suspenseful it should be required reading for thrill seekers … A tour de force. — Booklist STARRED REVIEW
A fast-paced thriller for those who like novels in which antagonists attempt to outsmart each other. — Library Journal
Perry is a gifted storyteller with a perfect sense of pacing and a knack for conjuring up fascinating characters — CrimeReads
The cat-and-mouse suspense that Thomas Perry creates here is quite viable and done in that easy, old-school style that he has mastered so well. . . . Justine proves to be much more than Sealy bargained for, which is what drives HERO to its breathless finale. — BookReporter