Hard Exit, a review by Joanna

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Hard Exit
J.B. Turner

301 pages
Thomas & Mercer
December 14, 2023


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This is the eleventh book in the action-packed Jon Reznick series, about a maverick ex-Delta operative who can’t stay out of trouble. After the relative disappointment of the last one, this is a return to form, which has Reznick facing the possibility that his beloved wife – who supposedly died in the Twin Towers on 9/11 – may still be alive. While this series has ongoing plot threads and character evolution, I think this one would work as a stand-alone (although I have read them all in order.)

Reznick is enjoying an overdue vacation in Florida, when he is contacted by an old friend who is dying. At their final visit, a stray comment about Elizabeth having worked for the CIA sets Reznick on a hunt for answers. Meanwhile in Switzerland, an intelligence operative has disappeared, taking a trove of potentially devastating secret information with him – but why was he so interested in a photo of a mysterious woman whose identity he cannot confirm?
I enjoyed this fast paced adventure, which reveals a new side to Jon, as well as bringing back his now adult daughter Lauren. While the previous book highlighted his sociopathic tendencies, this one focuses on the vulnerability of someone who believes they have been a widower for over twenty years, and is finally happy in a new relationship, having to confront the possibility that everything he thought he knew about his wife may have been a lie. Now I’m looking forward to the next one! Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the ARC.

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