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Blood in the Water

Blood in the Water

A Thriller

Jack Flynn

Minotaur Books


Jack Flynn's Blood in the Water is an edge-of-the-seat ride in a roller coaster, action-packed thriller with international terrorism at its core and family at its heart.

Boston is in the grip of the coldest winter on record, but in its criminal underworld the temperature is rising.

Harbor chief Cormack O’Connell has lived his life close to the wire – above and below the law. He knows every movement on his waterfront, and that's why someone wants him out of the way, fast.

Homeland security agent Kit Steele is committed to avenge terrorism. Also known as The Hunter, she’s got her eye on the prize. This time it’s personal, and she has nothing left to lose.

Her prey is Vincente Carpio, one of the world’s most dangerous criminals. He is clever, calculating and he's biding his time.

Diamond O’Connell is a daughter, a lover and a fighter. She’s seen things most nineteen-year-old girls couldn’t even begin to imagine. And she’s about to become a pawn in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Everyone has their part to play, but now it seems that there are much darker, far-reaching forces at work which look to be preparing for the international stage.


Tuesday, January 1

He hummed as he worked.

An old folk tune he’d learned in El Calabozo as a child.

He couldn’t remember the words, which was odd; as a rule, he remembered everything. Memories tortured...

Praise for Blood in the Water

"The action-packed plot quickly escalates as international intrigue and personal betrayals intersect....Thriller fans will eagerly await the sequel." —Publishers Weekly

"Flynn's debut, adroitly juggling the conventions of crime fiction, unfolds with great pace." —Kirkus Reviews

"Flynn does a fine job developing complex characters while keeping the tension high in this fast-paced yarn of intrigue, violence and personal betrayals. His prose, for the most part, is tight and precise. And his setting—the waterfront docks and the mostly abandoned harbor islands that are unfamiliar even to most Bostonians—is vividly portrayed." —The Associated Press

"Heart-pounding...A superbly crafted action thriller that overflows with the three B's: bloodshed, betrayal, and bodies (dead ones)...highly recommended." —

"Blood in the Water is hard, gritty, and unrelenting. You won't sleep until you're finished." —New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais

"Blood In The Water is a compulsive page-turner. Gritty and dark, with characters that are complex, conflicted and real, it’s a book that draws you in and doesn’t let go. Set against the bitter freeze of a Boston winter, the action never lets up and builds to a thrilling conclusion. Jack Flynn is a talent to watch." —Adam Hamdy


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JACK FLYNN is a lawyer in Boston and has worked pro bono on behalf of wrongly convicted individuals. He lives south of the city and writes on his daily commute across Boston Harbor. Blood in the Water is his first novel.

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