The fourth story in your introduction to Charlie Fox is called "Off Duty," which finds Charlie recuperating from a shooting at a resort in the Catskill Mountains where she encounters a rude, lounge lizard kind of guy and a staff member, neither of who are quite what they seem. By now, Charlie is a thorough professional, but can’t let a one sided fight alone, even though she is off duty.
The last story in this anthology is seen in print for the first time here. It is the longest, and most detailed in the bunch. Charlie has been sent into an unnamed country as part of a team to extricate a news crew that has stayed a little too long in-country to report on a revolution. Charlie is the only member of the rescue crew to make it past the authorities, and she decides to go through with the mission. Along the way she must decide who to trust and who to shoot, and she must use her wits and her expertise at violence to accomplish the mission — all the while questioning the morality of her victims as well as her employers.
This is an excellent introduction to a great female thriller protagonist. Charlie has been turning heads in Europe for a while, and now she is ready to invade America. And you’ll like it — or get out of her way. This is well written crime-thriller fiction and will soon be ruling the best seller lists.
Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire but grew up on a boat on the northwest coast of England. She has worked on a yacht delivery crew, an equestrian instructor, a pension and mortgage adviser, in news paper advertising sales. In 1988 she submitted an article to a car magazine and, having a love of cars, turned her hand to auto sport photography and article writer.
Eventually she drifted into thriller writing with the Charlie Fox novels, and crime and thriller fans have been happy ever since.
Look for Fifth Victim (US Edition) in January, and in the meantime, you can find the other Charlie Fox novels in eBook format at all the usual places.