DIE EASY: Charlie Fox book ten (the Charlie Fox crime thriller series)

DIE EASY
 
Charlie Fox book ten
 
Zoë Sharp
 

To the victims and survivors of Hurricane Katrina, August 2005

 

And for Andy,
in the hope that happiness will find him

 

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In the sweating heat of Louisiana, former Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox, faces her toughest challenge yet.

 

Professionally, she’s at the top of her game, but her personal life is in ruins. Her lover, bodyguard Sean Meyer, has woken from a gunshot-induced coma with his memory in tatters. It seems that piecing back together the relationship they shared is proving harder for him than relearning the intricacies of the close-protection business.

 

Working with Sean again was never going to be easy for Charlie, either, but a celebrity fundraising event in aid of still-ravaged areas of New Orleans should have been the ideal opportunity for them both to take things nice and slow.

 

Until, that is, they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone.

 

When an ambitious robbery explodes into a deadly hostage situation, the motive may be far more complex than simple greed. Somebody has a major score to settle and Sean is part of the reason. Only trouble is, he doesn’t remember why.

 

And when Charlie finds herself facing a nightmare from her own past, she realises she can’t rely on Sean to watch her back. This time, she’s got to fight it out on her own.

 

One thing’s for sure—no matter how overwhelming the odds stacked against her, Charlie Fox is never going to die easy . . .

 


Zoë Sharp is one of the sharpest, coolest, and most intriguing writers I know. She delivers dramatic, action-packed novels with characters we really care about. And once again, in DIE EASY, Zoë Sharp is at the top of her game.’
New York Times best-selling author, Harlan Coben

 


To sum up DIE EASY, I would have to say that I have waited a year for a great book, only for a brilliant one to be delivered with all the style and panache you would expect from Sharp and Fox. An exceptional novel.’
Five-star review by Graham Smith, crimesquad.com

 

‘Charlie looks like a made-for-TV model, with her red hair and motorcycle leathers, but Sharp means business. The bloody bar fights are bloody brilliant, and Charlie's skills are both formidable and for real.'
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

 
Contents
 

Chapter One

 

Chapter Two

 

Chapter Three

 

Chapter Four

 

Chapter Five

 

Chapter Six

 

Chapter Seven

 

Chapter Eight

 

Chapter Nine

 

Chapter Ten

 

Chapter Eleven

 

Chapter Twelve

 

Chapter Thirteen

 

Chapter Fourteen

 

Chapter Fifteen

 

Chapter Sixteen

 

Chapter Seventeen

 

Chapter Eighteen

 

Chapter Nineteen

 

Chapter Twenty

 

Chapter Twenty-one

 

Chapter Twenty-two

 

Chapter Twenty-three

 

Chapter Twenty-four

 

Chapter Twenty-five

 

Chapter Twenty-six

 

Chapter Twenty-seven

 

Chapter Twenty-eight

 

Chapter Twenty-nine

 

Chapter Thirty

 

Chapter Thirty-one

 

Chapter Thirty-two

 

Chapter Thirty-three

 

Chapter Thirty-four

 

Chapter Thirty-five

 

Chapter Thirty-six

 

Chapter Thirty-seven

 

Chapter Thirty-eight

 

Chapter Thirty-nine

 

Chapter Forty

 

Chapter Forty-one

 

Chapter Forty-two

 

Chapter Forty-three

 

Chapter Forty-four

 

Chapter Forty-five

 

Chapter Forty-six

 

Chapter Forty-seven

 

Chapter Forty-eight

 

Chapter Forty-nine

 

Chapter Fifty

 

Chapter Fifty-one

 

Chapter Fifty-two

 

Chapter Fifty-three

 

Chapter Fifty-four

 

Chapter Fifty-five

 

Chapter Fifty-six

 

Chapter Fifty-seven

 

Chapter Fifty-eight

 

Chapter Fifty-nine

 

Chapter Sixty

 

Chapter Sixty-one

 

Chapter Sixty-two

 

Chapter Sixty-three

 

Chapter Sixty-four

 

Chapter Sixty-five

 

Chapter Sixty-six

 

Chapter Sixty-seven

 

Chapter Sixty-eight

 

Chapter Sixty-nine

 

Chapter Seventy

 

Chapter Seventy-one

 

Chapter Seventy-two

 

Chapter Seventy-three

 

Chapter Seventy-four

 

Chapter Seventy-five

 

Epilogue

 

From the Author’s notebook

 

Acknowledgements

 
Bonus Material
 

Don’t miss the bonus material at the end of DIE EASY:

 

The other Charlie Fox novels and short stories

 

Meet Zoë Sharp

 

Meet Charlie Fox

 

Excerpt from STONE COLD by Joel Goldman

 
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DIE EASY: Charlie Fox book ten
 
One
 

Even on a good day I don’t enjoy being shot at. Been there, done that, and it bloody hurts.

 

I wasn’t kidding myself this was going to be a good day.

 

Maybe that had something to do with the fact that my gun hand—my right—was securely handcuffed to a reinforced briefcase weighing probably twenty-five pounds.

 

That in itself wouldn’t have been so bad. I’d put in enough time on the range to be proficient with either hand. My left wrist, however, was just as firmly handcuffed to Sean Meyer’s right. Neither of us was exactly overjoyed by this state of affairs.

 

Especially when everything was about to go to shit around us.

 

We were on a quiet street of generic storefronts, parked cars dotted along either side. There were people nearby but nobody gave us a second glance.

 

And then, just when the tension began to give me heartburn, a dozen rapid shots cracked out further down the street. I was half expecting them, but still they startled me. I forced out a strangled yelp, even though I knew they were scare shots, fired from a single weapon rather than part of an exchange, designed purely to start a stampede.

 

They got the job done.

 

Sean wheeled and I had to swing fast to stay with him. His eyes were everywhere. He’d already drawn the Glock 17 semiautomatic, hefted it in his left hand, but he stayed on his feet, upright, alert.

 

Next to him, useless as a stuffed lemon chained to that damn case, I felt helplessly exposed. I willed myself calm, knowing I
had
to rely on Sean to protect me—to protect both of us.

 

People started to stream past us. Some screaming, some shouting—unintelligible words filled with a contagious panic. I tugged deliberately at his arm.

 

“Sean! We need to get out of here—”

 

“Shut up.”

 

It was the vicious tone more than the words that shocked me into silence. As we turned, I caught a glimpse of figures crossing between the buildings. They were dressed in jeans and loose shirts like the rest of the crowd. Unlike everybody else, though, they moved with direction and purpose, and they were armed.

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