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Matthew Quirk - Author

About the Author

Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic magazine reporting on crimes, private military contractors, the opium trade, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in Washington D.C.

Featured books by Matthew Quirk

The Directive

The Directive

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Never bet in another man's game, they say, but what if that man is your brother and the hand he's been dealt is lethal? Michael Ford has worked tirelessly to escape his criminal past and finally has it all: a beautiful fiancee and a promising career. Yet his brother Jack's return threatens to unravel everything. Embroiled in a billion-dollar conspiracy against the Federal Government, the only way Jack can come out alive is with Mike's help. Sucked back into the dark criminal underworld against his will, Mike soon realises the only way to secure his future is to walk straight back into his past.

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The Directive

The Directive

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Ex-con Mike Ford has turned his life around and has now got it all. An amazing fiancee, a beautiful house, his own business and all of it strictly above board. But amid all the wedding preparations he can't help feel a certain pang for the excitement and danger of the life he's left behind. And then his brother, Jack, comes back into his life. He also seems to be going straight these days and despite his better judgement, Mike starts to trust him again. So when armed men burst in one night and kidnap Jack, Mike is determined to find out who has taken him and get him back. Using all his old criminal contacts and helped by the charismatic Tim Bloom head of Bloom Security, Mike has to go undercover and infiltrate the gang responsible. But caught between the police and the underworld, it's not clear who he can trust and the more corruption he finds the question is just how far up does it go?

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Other books by Matthew Quirk

The Night Agent A Novel

The Night Agent A Novel

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

ONE OF THE BEST THRILLERS TO COME ALONG IN YEARS. -MICHAEL CONNELLY To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House... No one is more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he's tapped to work in the White House Situation Room. When Peter was a boy, his father was suspected of selling secrets to the Russians-a breach that cost him his career, his reputation, and eventually his life. Now Peter's job is monitoring an emergency line for a call that has not-and might never-come. Until tonight. At 1:05 a.m. the phone rings. A terrified young woman named Rose tells Peter that two people have just been murdered and that the killer might still be in the house with her. One of the victims gave her this phone number with urgent instructions: Tell them OSPREY was right. It's happening... The call thrusts Peter into the heart of a conspiracy years in the making, involving a Russian mole at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Anyone in the White House could be the traitor. Anyone could be corrupted. To save the nation, Peter must take the rules into his own hands, question everything, and trust no one. Matthew Quirk moves into David Baldacci and John Grisham territory with The Night Agent. -JOSEPH FINDER

The Night Agent A Novel

The Night Agent A Novel

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Plenty of breathless one-more-chapter, stay-up-late suspense wrapped around a meaty and timely story ... irresistible. - Lee Child To find a Russian mole in the White House, an FBI agent must question everything. . . and trust no one To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an idealistic young FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House in this exhilarating political thriller reminiscent of the early novels of John Grisham and David Baldacci. No one was more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he's tapped to work in the White House Situation Room. From his earliest days as a surveillance specialist, Peter has scrupulously done everything by the book, hoping his record will help him escape the taint of his past. When Peter was a boy, his father, a section chief in FBI counterintelligence, was suspected of selling secrets to the Russians-a catastrophic breach that had cost him his career, his reputation, and eventually his life. Peter knows intimately how one broken rule can cost lives. Nowhere is he more vigilant than in this room, the sanctum of America's secrets. Staffing the night action desk, his job is monitoring an emergency line for a call that has not-and might never-come. Until tonight. At 1:05 a.m. the phone rings. A terrified young woman named Rose tells Peter that her aunt and uncle have just been murdered and that the killer is still in the house with her. Before their deaths, they gave her this phone number with urgent instructions: Tell them OSPREY was right. It's happening. . . The call thrusts Peter into the heart of a conspiracy years in the making, involving a Russian mole at the highest levels of the government. Anyone in the White House could be the traitor. Anyone could be corrupted. To save the nation, Peter must take the rules into his own hands and do the right thing, no matter the cost. He plunges into a desperate hunt for the traitor-a treacherous odyssey that pits him and Rose against some of Russia's most skilled and ruthless operatives and the full force of the FBI itself. Peter knows that the wider a secret is broadcast, the more dangerous it gets for the people at the center. With the fate of the country on the line, he and Rose must evade seasoned assassins and maneuver past jolting betrayals to find the shocking truth-and stop the threat from inside before it's too late.

Dead Man Switch

Dead Man Switch

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2019

A deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast. A home invasion gone wrong in Virginia. These deaths seem unrelated, but the victims were living undercover, their true identities closely held secrets. Now someone is assassinating them, one by one, taking out family members and innocent bystanders as well to make the killings seem like accidents. Captain John Hayes, a special operations legend, has left the military to settle down, for good, with his family. But when he pieces together a pattern behind the murders and discovers that his protegee Claire Rhodes, a brilliant assassin, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to hunt down the attackers. With every strike, the killers grow bolder. Their ultimate goal: Lure Hayes and his remaining fellow soldiers to Manhattan, to eliminate them all in a single devastating event. To save his teammates and thousands of innocent lives, Hayes must find a way to stop a seemingly unstoppable weapon. Dead Man Switch delivers nonstop twists, turns, and action in a high-stakes thriller about what happens when the fight abroad follows our covert operators home.

Dead Man Switch

Dead Man Switch

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2017

"e;WHEN IT COMES TO QUIRK, I FOLLOW A SIMPLE THREE-STEP PLAN: BUY, CANCEL PLANS, READ."e; --Gregg Hurwitz, bestselling author of Orphan X and The Nowhere Man Someone is hunting down America's most elite special ops soldiers--in their homes. A deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast. A burglary gone wrong in Virginia. These incidents seem unrelated, but the victims all were living undercover, their true identities closely held secrets. They are members of a classified team, the last line of defense against foreign threats. Now someone is assassinating them, one by one, taking out family members and innocent bystanders to make the deaths seem like accidents. Captain John Hayes, a special operations legend, has left the military to settle down with his family. But when he pieces together a pattern behind the murders and discovers that his prot g e Claire Rhodes, a brilliant assassin, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to unmask the attackers. With every success, the killers grow bolder. Their ultimate goal: Lure Hayes and his remaining fellow soldiers to Manhattan, to eliminate them all in a single devastating strike. To save his teammates and thousands of innocent lives, Hayes must find a way to stop a seemingly unstoppable weapon. Dead Man Switch delivers nonstop twists, turns, and action in a high-stakes thriller about what happens when the fight abroad follows our covert operators home--and their painstakingly constructed double lives are shattered.

Cold Barrel Zero

Cold Barrel Zero

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2017

A code hidden in plain sight. An American black Ops team that went too far. John Hayes, a disgraced elite soldier, returns from exile and risks everything to get back to his wife and daughter, and to take revenge on his accusers with a series of escalating attacks inside the United States. Thomas Byrne is the only man who can stop him. Byrne once fought alongside Hayes as a combat medic, but he gave up the gun. Now a surgeon, he moves from town to town, trying to forget his past, until he is called upon by a high-ranking government official to help capture the man he once called a friend. Hayes and Byrne were once closer than brothers. But with the fate of the nation hanging in the balance, both must decide whom to trust-and whom to betray. In a final, explosive battle for justice, they face off along a rifle's cold barrel. Cold Barrel Zero brings together the blistering pace of Lee Child, the nonstop action of Vince Flynn, and the richly drawn characters and moral stakes of Daniel Silva. An experienced reporter armed with deep behind-the-scenes research into America's Special Operations forces, Quirk takes the military thriller to a new level of suspense.

Cold Barrel Zero

Cold Barrel Zero

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/06/2016

John Byrne, a former combat surgeon, has been working in the overnight ER of a Washington D.C. hospital, trying to outrun his past. He served with members of a classified special operations unit now accused of committing an atrocious massacre. Thomas Hayes, the unit's fugitive leader, reaches out to Byrne to enlist his help with a series of daring heists and attacks that will either prove the squad's innocence--or culminate in a catastrophic terrorist attack. Byrne isn't sure who to believe--the men and women he once trusted with this life, or Colonel Riggs, the leader of the task force charged with bringing Hayes down. Byrne must decide where his allegiances lie--or he and the entire country will face the consequences.

Cold Barrel Zero

Cold Barrel Zero

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

A CODE HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. A BLACK OPS TEAM THAT WENT TOO FAR.John Hayes is a Special Operations legend who went rogue on a deep-cover mission and betrayed his own soldiers. Disgraced and on the run, he returns to the United States to get back to his wife and daughter and take revenge on his accusers with a series of devastating attacks.Only one man can stop him: Thomas Byrne. He once fought alongside Hayes as a combat medic, but he gave up the gun. Now a surgeon, he moves from town to town, trying to forget his past, until he is called upon by a high-ranking government official to help capture the man he once called a friend.Hayes and Byrne were once as close as brothers, but with the fate of the nation hanging in the balance and nothing as it seems, both men must decide whom to trust--and whom to betray. In a final, explosive battle for justice, they face off along a rifle's cold barrel.Cold Barrel Zero brings together the blistering pace of Lee Child, the nonstop action of Brad Thor, and the richly drawn characters and moral stakes of Daniel Silva. An experienced reporter armed with deep behind-the-scenes research into America's Special Operations Forces, Quirk takes the military thriller to a new level of suspense.

The Directive

The Directive

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Never bet in another man's game, they say, but what if that man is your brother and the hand he's been dealt is lethal? Michael Ford has worked tirelessly to escape his criminal past and finally has it all: a beautiful fiancee and a promising career. Yet his brother Jack's return threatens to unravel everything. Embroiled in a billion-dollar conspiracy against the Federal Government, the only way Jack can come out alive is with Mike's help. Sucked back into the dark criminal underworld against his will, Mike soon realises the only way to secure his future is to walk straight back into his past.

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Directive

Directive

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2014

The author of the national bestseller The 500 returns with a pulse-pounding new thriller--the story of two brothers, billions of dollars, and the heist of a lifetime.After escaping the corrupt back rooms of Washington, DC, Mike Ford is again playing a dangerous game--and this time the stakes are even higher. Mike's brother is in over his head in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions from the rarely understood, vitally important trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Trying to bail his brother out, Mike quickly finds himself playing a dangerous game, trapped into planning the heist himself, forced to call on all the skills of his criminal past in order to escape.In this sharp, fast-paced sequel to The 500, Mike Ford again stars as the cunning and courageous former con man with a big heart, and Matthew Quirk confirms that he is one of the most exciting thriller writers at work today.

500

500

Author: Matthew Quirk Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2012

A gripping thriller debut, set deep in the heart of the world's most powerful political arenaA year ago, fresh out of Harvard Law School, Mike Ford landed his dream job at the Davies Group, Washington's most powerful consulting firm. Now, he's staring down the barrel of a gun, pursued by two of the world's most dangerous men. To get out, he'll have to do all the things he thought he'd never do again: lie, cheat, steal-and this time, maybe even kill.Mike grew up in a world of small-stakes con men, learning lessons at his father's knee. His hard-won success in college and law school was his ticket out. As the Davies Group's rising star, he rubs shoulders with "e;The 500,"e; the elite men and women who really run Washington -- and the world. But peddling influence, he soon learns, is familiar work: even with a pedigree, a con is still a con.Combining the best elements of political intrigue and heart-stopping action, THE 500 is an explosive debut, one that calls to mind classic thrillers like The Firm and Presumed Innocent. In Mike Ford, readers will discover a new hero who learns that the higher the climb, the harder -- and deadlier -- the fall.