The Nowhere Man

Written by Gregg Hurwitz

Review written by Adam Colclough

Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.


The Nowhere Man
Penguin
RRP: £12.99
Released: January 26, 2017
HBK

There are tough guys, then there is Evan Smoak; a whole more deadly animal entirely. Trained from childhood by a government black ops organization he’s gone rogue as a sort of knight errant solving problems for people with nowhere else to turn.

The trouble with solving problems is you tend to make enemies in the process, sometimes the sort who are creative in their cruelty. One of whom captures Smoak, holding him hostage in a deserted luxury hotel that might be in Maine, or on the dark side of the Moon, meaning he has to save his own skin and find a way to rescue his latest client. This is a tall order, even for a man of his talents.

Matters aren’t helped when his captor discovers just what a valuable property he has on his hands.There are several long-time enemies and a couple of old friends who would pay almost any price to have their revenge on Smoak.

In this second outing for Smoak, Hurwitz takes his readers into a world of super-villains and mountain hideouts, where every fistfight is a homicidal ballet. It is, of course, all wildly improbable, but handled with a sense of pace and drama that it carries you along regardless.

For all the high concept nature of his plot Hurwitz shows a comprehensive knowledge of the ways and means of inflicting injury, or worse, on an opponent using the most ordinary of objects.

Hurwitz also fills in some of Smoak’s back story, explaining the hardscrabble childhood he escaped from and the unusual education that made him into an assassin with a unique sense of honour.

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