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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

An Orphan X Novel

Orphan X (Volume 6)

Gregg Hurwitz

Minotaur Books


Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed—in Prodigal Son, the next New York Times bestselling Orphan X book from Gregg Hurwitz.

As a boy, Evan Smoak was pulled out of a foster home and trained in an off-the-books operation known as the Orphan Program. He was a government assassin, perhaps the best, known to a few insiders as Orphan X. He eventually broke with the Program and adopted a new nameThe Nowhere Man—and a new mission, helping the most desperate in their times of trouble. But the highest power in the country has made him a tempting offer—in exchange for an unofficial pardon, he must stop his clandestine activities as The Nowhere Man. Now Evan has to do the one thing he’s least equipped to do—live a normal life.

But then he gets a call for help from the one person he never expected. A woman claiming to have given him up for adoption, a woman he never knew—his mother. Her unlikely request: help Andrew Duran—a man whose life has gone off the rails, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, bringing him to the deadly attention of very powerful figures. Now a brutal brother & sister assassination team are after him and with no one to turn to, and no safe place to hide, Evan is Duran’s only option. But when the hidden cabal catches on to what Evan is doing, everything he’s fought for is on the line—including his own life.


A New Brand of Danger

A stir moves through the Pride House Group Home, and seconds later adolescent faces pig against the muggy front window. Evan, at twelve, still has not hit his growth spurt. He jockeys for position and...

Praise for Prodigal Son

"Simply the best all-out action writer in the business, to which he adds a shrewd sense of character... Not to be missed." --Providence Journal

"An impressive addition to the outstanding Orphan series." --Shelf Awareness

"With Prodigal Son, Hurwitz proves once more that he’s one of the most gifted authors working in the genre today. If you’re not reading this series, don’t wait a second longer." --The Real Book Spy

"If you read Prodigal Son, you will be a fan of Hurwitz for life..." --Bookreporter

"One hell of a series...Nuanced and energetic, this is a great thriller." --Booklist (starred review)

"Prodigal Son is further proof that Gregg Hurwitz has cornered the market on first-rate thrillers." --NY Journal of Books

"The pacing is breathtakingly brisk throughout, and the action is relentless... This series continues to impress." --Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Tom Clancy or Lee Child will love this latest installment... which offers twists and turns, danger and adrenaline, and gadgetry worthy of James Bond." --Library Journal

“Read the Orphan X series. You’ll thank me later." --David Baldacci

"A stellar series...the stories get better with each installment." --Associated Press

"Nobody walks the line between blistering action and searing character development better than Hurwitz." --Providence Journal-Bulletin


Gregg Hurwitz

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of the Orphan X books, including Into the Fire. Critically acclaimed, his novels have graced top ten lists and have been published in 22 languages. Additionally, he’s written screenplays for and sold scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Hurwitz resides in Los Angeles.

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