Prodigal Son

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Orphan X, Bk. 6). Jan. 2021. 432p. ISBN 9781250252289. $27.99. THRILLER
Evan Smoak is trying to adjust to his newly imposed retirement” from life as assassin and spy when he receives several calls from a woman claiming to be the mother he never knew. She wants to meet him. When they do meet, she asks him to help Andrew Duran, a friend who is in serious trouble. She knows only that he needs help, not the type of help he needs. Though it’s right up his alley as the “Nowhere Man,” Evan agrees to look into the situation only reluctantly; it might endanger the tentative presidential pardon he’s been granted, and powerful people want Andrew dead. Trying to undo a previous bad choice, Andrew makes another one, which puts him on the radar of some very bad people.
VERDICT Fans of Tom Clancy or Lee Child will love this latest installment of the “Orphan X” series by Hurwitz (“Tim Rackley” series), which offers twists and turns, danger and adrenaline, and gadgetry worthy of James Bond. There is an underlying examination of the meaning of family that lends extra depth to the book.
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