I introduced you all to Zoe Sharp and her feisty protagonist Charlie Fox a few days ago. My addiction to Charlie is growing and I found that I was still reading at 1.15am this morning. Far too late when at this late stage in my life I need all the beauty sleep I can get!
Anyway, I finished Hard Knocks on Sunday night but wanted to think on it before writing a review. So here goes –
In this, the third in the series, Charlie is reluctantly spending Christmas with her disapproving parents as her apartment was trashed in a fire. Into the strained atmosphere comes a call for help from her friend and lover Sean Meyer. He sends his assistant to tell Charlie that an ex army “buddy” has been killed while on a mission for Sean. Charlie doesn’t care about the dead “buddy” but for various reasons, not the least to get away from her parents, she agrees to go to Germany to discover how he died.
To do this she has to enrol in a course in close protection work in Germany; this is where Kirk (the dead ex soldier) was prior to his death. The school is run by a Major Gilby and various (rather dodgy) instructors and it is soon clear to Charlie that they are hiding something. She of course, sets out to discover what. She eventually of course, discovers that they are involved in a series of kidnappings with somewhat disastrous results as stronger, more powerful forces are at work here also.
As the novel progresses we learn more about the various characters that people the story and some more about the mysterious Sean to whom Charlie is strongly attracted but whom she also knows is a danger to her.
So more rapid page turning to an unexpected ending. If you want to know about motor bikes, close protection work, the workings of convoluted minds, then this is a book for you. Enjoy!
I have started the next in the series – Road Kill and have two more patiently waiting for me to get to them. So expect my addiction to keep turning up in these blogs.
“A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”
William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958
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