International suspense is the theme of the evening as authors Mark Greaney and Barry Lancet discuss the latest entries in their thriller series. Mark’s Court Gentry, better known in certain circles as the international assassin the Gray Man, returns in Back Blast, and the franchise is under development for film. Publishers Weekly’s starred review notes: “Greaney’s unraveling of the Back Blast mystery is masterly, but it’s the Gray Man’s ability to outthink and outgun the scores of men who are hunting him throughout the streets of Washington, D.C., that will keep readers glued to the pages.” Barry’s Jim Brody, the street-smart art dealer turned Tokyo private investigator, is dealing with an assassin who’s targeted a friend in Pacific Burn, third in the Barry Award-winning series. Mark and Barry will also share their personal backgrounds, stories which are almost as rich and varied as those of their main characters.
An all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man
Court Gentry was the CIA s best agent. Until the day the Agency turned against him and put out a kill on sight order. That s when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born and Court has been working for himself ever since
Now, Court is back in Washington looking for answers. He s determined to find out what happened all those years ago that made the Agency turn against him. On his list to interrogate are his former partners and the men who sent him on his last mission. What he doesn t realize is that the questions that arose from that mission are still reverberating in the U.S. intelligence community, and he s stumbled onto a secret that powerful people want kept under wraps. And now, they have Court in their crosshairs.
Court Gentry is used to having people on his trail, but this time, it s on U.S. soil the last place he wants to be. Now, he ll have to find the answers to his fate while evading capture and avoiding death
Japanese antiques dealer and PI Jim Brodie goes up against the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and a killer operating on both sides of the Pacific.
In recognition for his role in solving the Japantown murders in San Francisco, antiques dealer and sometime-PI Jim Brodie has just been brought on as the liaison for the mayor s new Pacific Rim Friendship Program. Brodie in turn recruits his friend, the renowned Japanese artist Ken Nobuki, and after a promising meeting with city officials and a picture-perfect photo op, Brodie and Nobuki leave City Hall for a waiting limo.
But as soon as they exit the building, a sniper attacks them from the roof of the Asian Art Museum. Quick thinking allows Brodie to escape, but Nobuki ends up hospitalized and in a coma. Brodie soon realizes that, with the suspicious and untimely death of Nobuki s oldest son a week earlier in Napa Valley, someone may be targeting his friend s family and killing them off one by one.
Suspects are nearly too numerous to name and could be in the United States or anywhere along the Pacific Rim. The quest for answers takes Brodie from his beloved San Francisco to Washington, DC, in a confrontation with the DHS, the CIA, and the FBI; then on to Tokyo, Kyoto, and beyond, in search of what his Japanese sources tell him is a legendary killer in both senses of the word said to be more rumor than real, but deadlier than anything else they ve ever encountered "if "the whispers are true.
Struggling San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie is back in Japan. After wading through the tragedy of the Japantown murders, he and his daughter have returned for a well-earned vacation. Checking in at the P.I. firm he inherited from his father, he's startled by the arrival of an old World War II veteran and his son. The father has come explicitly to see Brodie, and offers up a dark story connected to the war and a pair of violent home invasions committed in the Japanese capital only days earlier. Brodie takes a liking to the old soldier and agrees to provide protection, one of the services Brodie Security supplies. An unexpected murder soon shocks Brodie and his crew, and Brodie begins a wild ride through the worlds of kendo, the Triads, war atrocities, the backstreets of Yokohama's unfathomable Chinatown, Chinese spies, and an elusive group of killers after a long-lost treasure with a murky and dangerous history. With the crusty PI Noda at his side, Brodie pokes around where he's not wanted, and when a friend is delivered up to him in pieces Brodie is once again running for his life--while seeking the answers he needs to save it.
“Former CIA operative Court Gentry is not your typical sympathetic figure -- he kills people for a living, after all, but you can't but feel for the 'Gray Man' as a nonstop storyline keeps you turning the pages to figure out what tragic event will befall him next. Will grab you from the first chapter, and an interesting twist at the end of the novel leaves readers wanting the next installment!”
— Chris Burcky, Cover to cover Bookstore, Arlington, TN