Into the Fire (Orphan X #5) by Gregg Hurwitz

Money laundering, dog fighting, and the Armenian underground of Los Angeles. Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X, is back to take on another case.  He gets the call on the RoamZone from a man named Max whose cousin has been murdered. Max Merriweather feels he’s also in danger now. His cousin Grant had left him a mysterious envelop with evidence of placement, layering, and integration of massive amounts of money. Time for an Orphan X investigation…

Yet, Evan may be at a crossroads himself. He’s not sure if he will be continuing his service of helping people, especially after knocking out those trying to clean up the remnants of the Orphan program in Out of the Dark. Is it time to close it all down and go legit? After rough patches with his neighbor, the DA Mia, he definitely sees what he is missing.

Into the Fire is full of detective work… computer hacking, tech gadgets. But also the action I’ve come to expect and love from Hurwitz. Full-out building assaults, stealthy surveillance, sniping, grappling, and more! There’s three or four threads vying for Orphan X’s attention during the course of the novel, and his frustrations ramp up as each ‘solution’ only begets more problems for Max and thus Evan. One of the best things about this book is the crew he pulls together to help him… a couple old standbys and some new ones for us to meet.

I love this series and am constantly recommending it to others who have the thriller bug.  I put this series on the shelf next to some other authors I have been following lately: Joe Ide’s IQ books and Nick Petrie’s Peter Ash novels. If you like nonstop action and characters you can really care about, then Orphan X is for you!

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and the author for an advanced copy of the book.

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