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Matthew Quirk is an American thriller novelist.

He studied history and literature at the prestigious Harvard College before spending the next five years after graduation covering on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs at The Atlantic.

Matthew currently resides in San Diego.

More about Matthew Quirk

Genre: Thriller


Non Series

  • The Night Agent (2019)
  • Hour of the Assassin (2020)
  • Red Warning (2022)

John Hayes

  1. Cold Barrel Zero (2016)
  2. Dead Man Switch (2017)

Mike Ford

  1. The 500 (2012)
  2. The Directive (2014)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Night Agent

To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House...

No one is more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he’s tapped to work in the White House Situation Room. When Peter was a boy, his father was suspected of selling secrets to the Russians—a breach that cost him his career, his reputation, and eventually his life. Now Peter’s job is monitoring an emergency line for a call that has not—and might never—come.

Until tonight.

At 1:05 a.m. the phone rings. A terrified young woman named Rose tells Peter that two people have just been murdered and that the killer might still be in the house with her. One of the victims gave her this phone number with urgent instructions: “Tell them OSPREY was right. It’s happening...”

The call thrusts Peter into the heart of a conspiracy years in the making, involving a Russian mole at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Anyone in the White House could be the traitor. Anyone could be corrupted. To save the nation, Peter must take the rules into his own hands, question everything, and trust no one.

Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062875471
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Hour of the Assassin

Framed and on the run for his life, a former Secret Service agent discovers how far some men will go to grasp the highest office in the land...

As a Secret Service agent, Nick Averose spent a decade protecting the most powerful men and women in America and developed a unique gift: the ability to think like an assassin. Now, he uses that skill in a little-known but crucial job. As a “red teamer,” he poses as a threat, testing the security around our highest officials to find vulnerabilities—before our enemies can. He is a mock killer, capable of slipping past even the best defenses.

His latest assignment is to assess the security surrounding the former CIA director at his DC area home. But soon after he breaches the man’s study, the home’s inner sanctum, Nick finds himself entangled in a vicious crime that will shake Washington to its foundations—as all the evidence points to Nick.

Nick knows he’s the perfect scapegoat. But who is framing him, and why? To clear his name, he must find the truth—a search that leads to a dark conspiracy whose roots stretch back decades. The prize is the most powerful position in the world: the Oval Office.

To save himself and the people he loves, Nick must stop the men who rule Washington before they bury him along with their secrets.

Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0062978929
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Red Warning

CIA officer Sam Hudson races to find a deep cover operative loose in the U.S. and a mole in the Agency before they can launch a devastating attack on Washington, D.C.

For years CIA officer Sam Hudson has been hunting Konstantin, a Russian deep cover operative responsible for a string of assassinations in the West—and he believes a well-placed source in Geneva can finally get him close to the killer. But when their meeting is ambushed, Sam’s partner is murdered and he barely makes it out alive himself.

Back in the States, the bosses put him on leave and want him to drop his obsession with Konstantin, but Sam can’t let a man who’s taken so many lives slip away again. When he gets a mysterious call at the Lincoln Memorial just before a bomb goes off, he realizes Konstantin has followed him to the U.S.—and is targeting him and everyone close to him.

Teaming up with fellow CIA officer Emily Pierce, he sets out to redeem himself and uncover a plot that has been lying in wait since the end of the Cold War, its elements hidden among the most iconic buildings in the capital.

With enemies lurking both inside and outside the Agency and the Russian threat looming ever larger, Sam must use all his training and nerve to stop Konstantin before he can trigger the plot to devastate Washington and bring the US to its knees.

Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0063241886
Publisher: HarperLuxe

John Hayes

Cold Barrel Zero

John Hayes, a Special Operations legend, is considered a traitor for turning against his own soldiers while on a secret mission.

Crestfallen and avoiding captivity, he moves back to the United States not just to reunite with his wife and daughter, but to also take revenge on his conspirators with a series of devastating strikes.

Thomas Byrne, who served in battle with Hayes as a combat medic, is the only one who can stop him, but he now works as a full time medic.

As Byrne moves from one town to another, desperately trying to forget his past, he is summoned by a high ranking government official to assist with the capture of a man he knows ever so well.

With the fate of the entire nation hanging by a thread, Hayes and Byrne must decide on whom to trust…and whom to betray.

Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0316259194
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Dead Man Switch
A burglary goes terribly wrong in Virginia. A fatal fall on a rugged stretch of California coast.

The two incidences may seem unrelated, but the true identity of the victims remains a closely guarded secret.

The two were undercover members of a classified team acting as the last line of defense against foreign threats.

Someone is however targeting them one at a time; eliminating family members and unsuspecting bystanders to make the assassinations look like mere accidents.

Captain John Hayes, a luminary with the Special Operations, now spends his days with his family after leaving the military.

But when the pattern behind the murders evidently points to Claire Rhodes, his brilliant protégée, Hayes makes a return to unmask the killers.
Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0316259248
Publisher: Mulholland Books

Mike Ford

The 500

Mike Ford secured his dream job at the Davies Group—the most powerful consulting firm in the nation’s capital—soon after his graduation from the acclaimed Harvard Law School. But that was a year ago.

Now, he finds himself on the wrong end of a pointed gun, hunted down by two of the most dangerous men in the world.

And to make it out alive, Mike has to do everything he swore to never do again; lie, cheat, steal, and maybe this time, even kill!

Having been raised in a world full of petty con men, learning every part of the craft from his father, Mike’s only way out was his education. At Davies Group’s, he rubs shoulders with “The 500” men and women who essentially run Washington, but once a con, always a con.

Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0316198615
Publisher: Back Bay Books
The Directive

Two brothers. The heist of a lifetime. The stakes: their survival.

After wriggling his way out of the back rooms of Washington, Mike Ford is now gambling for his life against the Wall Street titans.

Mike’s brother is caught up in a powerful conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars from a hidden linchpin of the American economy; a real-life trading desk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, unbeknownst to many.

With his back against the wall, forced to choose between a decent life and his only brother, Mike has little option but to return to the dark skills of his past.

With no place to run and no place to hide, he will have to beat the menacing men at their own game or die trying.

Author: Matthew Quirk
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0316198639
Publisher: Back Bay Books