Foreign fighters are hunting down American soldiers in their homes, and one man must risk everything to stop them.
A deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast. A home invasion gone wrong in Virginia. These deaths seem unrelated, but the victims are living under cover, their true identities closely-held secrets. They are members of America's most select kill/capture team, the last line of defense against foreign threats. Now someone is assassinating them, one by one, where they sleep, taking family 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 quietly, for good, with his family. But when he pieces together the pattern behind the murders, discovering that his protégée, a brilliant assassin named Claire Rhodes, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to hunt down the attackers.
“A tour de force. Dead Man Switch turns the intelligence community's ‘wilderness of mirrors’ into a high-speed racetrack, delivering twist after twist toward a literally explosive conclusion. More than that, Quirk shows us the human cost of living—and dying—on the gray edges of national security, and creates characters whose choices feel powerful and real.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia
"A dazzling sequel to 2016’s Cold Barrel Zero."—Publishers Weekly
"Matthew Quirk is a big-thriller-writing maniac. With his hallmarks of crisp prose, riveting research, and stunning action, he crafts his books so they're nearly impossible to put down. When it comes to Quirk, I follow a simple three-step plan: Buy, cancel plans, read.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Nowhere Man
“Quirk is a master at organizing details—smoke, a chill wind, a splash of water—to create suspense. Fans of special-ops thrillers will devour this latest entry in Quirk’s fiery action series.”—Booklist
“Dead Man Switch is an intriguing premise, perfectly executed. Matthew Quirk writes like his heroes operate: no missteps, no mistakes, just nonstop deadly action.” —April Smith, author of the Special Agent Ana Grey thrillers