Black Wolf


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$29.00  $26.97
Mulholland Books
Publish Date
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Kathleen Kent is the Edgar-nominated author of the crime trilogy The Dime, The Burn, and The Pledge, as well as three bestselling historical novels: The Heretic's Daughter, The Traitor's Wife, and The Outcasts. She has written short stories and essays for D Magazine, Texas Monthly, and LitHub, and has been published in the crime anthology Dallas Noir. In March 2020 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters for her contribution to Texas literature. Kent lives in Dallas, Texas.


Praise for The Pledge:
"A police procedural like none you've ever read. . . The incredibly talented Kathleen Kent has created a haunting, dark, and original character. Do not miss this!"--Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling author of Her Perfect Life
"Strong women, sharp dialogue, and a vulnerable, kick-ass heroine combine for another satisfying adventure."--Kirkus Reviews
"Thrilling ... Kent does a fine job weaving the various plot strands into a satisfying and action-packed whole."
--Publishers Weekly
"Riveting."--The Washington Post

"Part spy novel, part serial-killer novel, Black Wolf is masterful, a riveting tale and a powerful depiction of the collapse of the Soviet Union as seen through the eyes of Melvina Donleavy, a uniquely talented CIA recruit who deserves a series of her own."

--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of House on Fire
"Kathleen Kent slays it with her new thriller Black Wolf, a propulsive page-turner chock full of juicy spy game goodies: intrigue, serial murder, nuclear secrets, passion, and of course, survival of the fittest. A young, gifted CIA recruit with a "superpower" --the ability to recognize faces--is sent on a top-secret mission into Belarus. What could go wrong? I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Welcome to the high-stakes world of Melvina Donleavy--a riveting, rich, and relevant heroine destined to take the suspense book world by storm. Simply masterful."--Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire
"Black Wolf is a riveting read. A razor-sharp, whip-smart, beautifully written thriller set in the chaotic days following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it combines the research and plotting of Frederick Forsythe with the gruesome chills of Thomas Harris. Part espionage tale, part serial killer mystery, Black Wolf is a wholly original page turner of the first order. Highly recommended."--Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Once a Thief
"A gritty depiction of the spy game during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Perfect for fans of The Americans."--Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow
"Tension builds quickly here, and Minsk's KGB controlled streets, long hidden from Western visitors, create an atmosphere of dangerous alienation."--Booklist
"An intelligent, propulsive spy thriller . . . Kent draws on her own experience working for the U.S. Department of Defense to create an utterly convincing espionage novel full of tradecraft. Readers will eagerly await Mel's further adventures."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"What makes Black Wolf such a memorable thriller is the brilliant authenticity that swings off the pages, no doubt from the author's time under the US Department of Defense. The spycraft is both exciting and tense, glimmering with a smooth but edgy prose that keeps on coiling with bouts of nervous energy from all the dangers spies face behind enemy lines."--Best Thriller Books
"Based on real-life people and events in the gritty Belorussia of this era . . . the characters and their experiences are well drawn and complex. At the same time, the story moves well; the tensions are high; the climax action-packed. Kent brings her gift for building strong and complex female characters to Mel. A well-crafted spy novel married to a serial killer mystery equals lots of dark drama."--Kirkus Reviews