Matthew Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author and novelist.
After a decade spent protecting public officials, Nick Averose has the unique ability to think like an assassin. Now he works as a red-teamer, who tests security systems to find vulnerabilities. His latest assignment, to assess the security of a former CIA director’s home, goes horribly wrong, and Nick gets entangled in a vicious crime that rocks Washington D.C. He knows he’s been framed, and now they’re out to kill him. But who are they, and what do they want?Today I spoke with Matthew Quirk about his new book Hour of the Assassin (William Morrow, 2020). Quirk is the New York Times bestselling author of The 500, The Directive, Cold Barrel Zero, and Dead Man Switch. He studied history and literature at Harvard College and spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. His first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award, and he lives in San Diego, California. When he is not writing, he spends his time hiking, skiing, and surfing.If you enjoyed today’s podcast and would like to discuss it further with me and other New Books Network listeners, please join us on Shuffle. Shuffle is an ad-free, invite-only network focused on the creativity community. As NBN listeners, you can get special access to conversations with a dynamic community of writers and literary enthusiasts. Sign up by going to Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped Mystery Series and a prolific baker of healthful breads and pastries. Please contact her through her website ( if you wish to recommend an author (of a beautifully-written new novel) to interview, to listen to her previous podcast interviews, to read her mystery book reviews, or to check out some of her awesome recipes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Thriller author Matthew Quirk stops by the show today to talk about his new book The Night Agent and shares the story behind his stories. “Plenty of breathless one-more-chapter, stay-up-late suspense wrapped around a meaty and timely story … irresistible.”   — Lee […]
Matthew writes thriller novels. He writes a new thriller every year and has a lot to say about what it takes to be able to do that (and how you can too.) In this interview Matthew talks about how to write by getting away from your computer, why writing truly is rewriting and how the tactics behind writing fiction and non-fiction are practically the same. We also discuss once you know the grand arc of your writing project remember to be incredibly generous with yourself when writing your first rough draft. Let it be messy. Just get the words on the page because you can’t clean up nothing. Head over to this episode's show notes page for a detailed list of topics we explored, key takeaways, relevant links and all the ways you can connect with Matthew –
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