Approached to crack a safe by the owner's suspicious wife, reformed hacker Henrietta 'Harry' Martinez can't resist the challenge. Now her client's absconded with a fortune in diamonds, leaving Harry sole witness to a brutal murder. And next in line for a ruthless assassin who doesn't like loose ends.
The police are unconvinced, suspicious of Harry's past, and not even an attempt on her life can sway them. It's up to Harry to track down her mystery client. The trail leads from a top racing yard to a smuggling operation in the illegal South Africa world of conflict diamonds.
To get to the truth requires all her secret skills. But in a business populated by bloodthirsty mercenaries and financed by ruthless exploitation, how can Harry, alone and abroad, pull off her most audacious heist ever?
About the Author
Ava McCarthy was born in Dublin and attained degrees in Physics and Nuclear Medicine before going onto work for the London Stock Exhange for six years. She currently works in software in County Dublin, where she lives with her husband Tom and two children.
Henrietta "Harry" Martinez is a wonderful creation - a reformed safecracker who can't resist a challenge. So in she goes to crack a safe for the the wife of the owner, and what does she get? An absconding client (with the diamonds, of course), and Harry at the mercy of an assassin whose latest work she witnessed. Cops are not overly sympathetic, what with Harry's history and all. Not even an attempt on her life convinces them that her story might be worth listening to
So Harry is left to fend for herself, and that involves tangling with some very nasty types. A little discrete hacking into the dead man's computer reveals a smuggling operation with roots in South Africa. And that's where she goes.
There's a lot to like about Harry. She isn't your deadly martial arts type heroine, nor does she shrug off a beating with a wry part-of-the-job grimace. But she is determined. The showdown is a beauty, and convinces me to seek out her first Harry book, The Insider.
This is a great read, and I for one will look forward to more.
'What a delight!. the tang of authenticity comes off every page' Daily Mail 'A thrilling read from a promising new author' Sun 'An edge-of-your-seat thriller! McCarthy cranks the tension like an experienced pro! one of the most likeable heroines I've read in a long time' Irish Independent 'Gripping! the tech details ring frighteningly true, the twists in the tight plot are smart!a storming debut thriller! in Harry Martinez, the writer has a strong, attractive and super-smart central character who is ripe for another adventure' Irish Times
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 15th April 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.363