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First Kill

First Kill

A Kirk McGarvey Novel

McGarvey (Volume 24)

David Hagberg

Forge Books


Renowned thriller writer David Hagberg continues his New York Times bestselling Kirk McGarvey series with this riveting origin story for the CIA assassin in First Kill.

It is the beginning of Kirk McGarvey's career as a CIA black ops officer. Fresh out of the Air Force OSI, he receives his first assignment: assassinate a Chilean general known as the Butcher of Valparaiso, a monster who has tortured and killed more than one thousand dissidents at a soccer stadium in Valparaiso.

McGarvey manages to cross the border over the mountains from Argentina without being discovered, and even makes his way to the general's remote compound. But the odds are stacked against him. Chile's National Intelligence Agency, the ANI, has been warned of his approach and wants him to fail—and someone back home in Washington is working to make sure he does.

For this newly-minted assassin, killing the butcher is only the beginning.


Kirk Cullough McGarvey, at twenty-eight, was in such superb physical condition that near the end of the eight-mile confidence course he had raised only a light sweat. He had the circuit all to himself this morning, his second go-around...

Praise for First Kill

“Hagberg’s books should be required reading in Washington.”
—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of War

“Hagberg edges out Tom Clancy for commander of our uniquely American, military based thrillers and espionage novels: high-concept plot, non-stop action, insider knowledge of how things work out there in our complicated, high-combat world.”
—James Grady, New York Times bestselling author of Last Days of the Condor

“Hagberg runs in the same fast, high-tech track as Clancy.”
—New York Daily News

“Hagberg consistently delivers thrillers that truly thrill, with an uncanny ability to anticipate future headlines. Skill, experience, knowledge and a dedication to quality long have been hallmarks of his novels.”
—Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment at Appomattox

“Hagberg is a master.”
—Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Arctic Gambit

“If you want yesterday’s headlines, read The New York Times. If you want tomorrow’s read David Hagberg.”
—Ward Larsen, USA Today bestselling author of Assassin’s Code


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David Hagberg

David Hagberg (1947-2019) is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote numerous novels of suspense, including his bestselling thrillers featuring former CIA director Kirk McGarvey, which include Abyss, The Cabal, The Expediter, and Allah’s Scorpion. He earned a nomination for the American Book Award, three nominations for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award and three Mystery Scene Best American Mystery awards.

He spent more than thirty years researching and studying US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. Hagberg joined the Air Force out of high school, and during the height of the Cold War, he served as an Air Force cryptographer.

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