In Chicago, DEA Special Agent Pierce Hunt, the hero of this action-packed series launch from Gervais (the Mike Walton thrillers), is saddled with Luke Moore, a pompous TV reporter, while executing a major drug bust on the Mexican drug cartel run by Valentina Mieles (aka the Black Tosca), “the most powerful woman in the drug world.” The bust goes bad after Moore tweets a heads-up to his followers before the raid. The minor injuries the reporter sustains in the botched raid are blamed on Hunt, resulting in a six-month suspension for the DEA agent. Meanwhile, the Black Tosca begins an operation to take over the Vincente Garcia drug cartel, during which Hunt’s 15-year-old daughter, Leila, is accidentally kidnapped. To save Leila’s life, the agent must ally himself with Garcia’s daughter, Anna, with whom he fell in love several years earlier on an undercover mission to infiltrate the Garcia cartel. As a former drug investigator for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Gervais portrays this world convincingly, but readers should be prepared for stock characters and predictable plotting. Agent: Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management. (Jan.)
From the Editor
What would you do if you came across a sixteen-year-old girl—sick, alone, and disoriented—on the side of the road near a remote forest? Would you drive the terrified girl to the hospital, as Suzanne Blakemore does, and make sure she’s given the care she needs? Suzanne, the wife and mother at the center of True Places, feels compelled to help, even though she doesn’t have a second to spare in her overscheduled day. But Suzanne has become lost in her own life, and there’s something about the enigmatic girl named Iris that reaches deep into Suzanne’s core.
As Iris recovers, questions about her seemingly feral life mount: How long had she lived in the woods? Where are her parents? When foster care looks to be Iris’s only option, Suzanne resolves to take her in. The decision disrupts the already fragile balance of the Blakemore home in ways no one could have predicted, least of all Suzanne.
So many things about this story moved me—author Sonja Yoerg’s remarkable prose, the relationship that develops between Suzanne and Iris, and the message especially. Sometimes, embracing the unexpected might be the only way to discover who we really are and where we belong—our true place in life.
– Chris Werner, Editor
“[An] action-packed series launch from Gervais…” —Publishers Weekly
“Nonstop action meets relentless suspense…The blood flows knee-deep in this one as Gervais uses his background as a drug investigator for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to bring a gritty authenticity to his latest thriller.” —The Real Book Spy
“Gervais dishes out lavish suspense to keep a reader glued…” —Authorlink
“From the first page, Hunt Them Down is a stick of dynamite that Simon Gervais hands you, masterfully lights, and then dares you to put down before it explodes. Don’t. It’s worth a few fingers to read to the end.” —Matthew Fitzsimmons, bestselling author of The Short Drop
“Your hunt for the next great adventure novel is over. If Jack Reacher started writing thrillers, he’d be Simon Gervais.” —Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of True Fiction
“A huge thriller with intense action and emotion. Hunt Them Down had me squirming in my seat until the last masterfully crafted page!” —Andrew Peterson, bestselling author of the Nathan McBride series
About the Author
Simon Gervais was born in Montréal, Québec. He joined the Canadian military as an infantry officer and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1997. In 2001, he was recruited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and became a federal agent. His first posting was in Toronto, where he served as a drug investigator. During this time, he worked on many international drug-related cases in close collaboration with his American colleagues from the DEA. His career switched gears in 2004, and he was placed with a federal antiterrorism unit based in the Ottawa region. During the following years, he was deployed in several European and Middle Eastern countries. In 2009, he became a close-protection specialist tasked with guarding foreign heads of state visiting Canada. He served on the protection details of Queen Elizabeth II, US president Barack Obama, and Chinese president Hu Jintao, among others. Gervais lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.