It takes a lot of time to establish a continuing character kind of fictional hero. One who you feel you know, one you’d like to have a beer with, one you’d trust your life to. Over the past decade or more, I’ve kept company with Gabriel Allon and Jack Reacher – both of whom have new books – The Black Widow coming on July 12, and Night School due November 16. Now there may be a newcomer surfacing.
Brother-in-law Colin introduced me to The Nowhere Man. Evan Smoak, aka Orphan X – a creation of Gregg Hurwitz.
A good man who follows 10 Commandments:
- Demand ironclad proof
- Master your surroundings
- Never make it personal
- Question orders
- One mission at a time
- Always play offense
- Never let an innocent die
Let’s see how he develops – and what the other three commandments are.