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
A code hidden in plain sight. A black ops team that went too far. A series of escalating attacks inside the United States.
Two men once fought side by side, closer than brothers, but in a final, explosive battle for justice, they must 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. Armed with deep behind-the-scenes research into America's special operations forces, Quirk takes the suspense thriller to a new level. Read an excerpt
Praise for the breakthrough novel:
Selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month
"An unputdownable blast! The writing is spare and masterful, you care about the characters, and the action is hair-raising, authentic, at times even mesmerizing. Cold Barrel Zero is one of the must-read thrillers of the year!"—Ben Coes, New York Times Bestselling Author of Power Down and Independence Day
“Quirk takes a major step forward. The story is expertly stripped down, the action relentless, and the characters multilayered. A lethal game of cat and mouse fuels Quirk's third and best novel, a military spy thriller in which one all-out conspiracy is met by another.”—Kirkus
"Matthew Quirk has elevated to must-read thriller status faster than seems possible. Cold Barrel Zero is a brilliantly researched and written tour de force from an author who understands both high-stakes action and fine writing." ―Michael Koryta, bestselling author of The Prophet and Those Who Wish Me Dead
"Deadly. High-tech. Quirk spins an adrenaline-fueled, military-based action adventure. Another hard-to-put-down adventure from Quirk, this is even more chilling for its air of plausibility. A fine thriller."―Booklist (starred review)
"Quirk goes flat-out explosive in this superior military adventure novel. The riveting battle scenes are the best in the business. Reader will look forward to seeing more of the skilled and deadly John Hayes.”—Publisher's Weekly (starred and boxed review).
Welcome! Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Barrel Zero, The Directive, and The 500, an Edgar nominee and the winner of the Thriller and Strand Critics Awards. His novels have been translated into 20 languages and optioned for film. Take a look at free excerpts from the books, and sign up for sneak previews and a chance to win early copies of upcoming titles.