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

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




Cover design by


Murderati Ink [ZACE Ltd]


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


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




From the Author’s notebook



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

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
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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