First Contract: a compelling tale of an ice-cold assassin

FirstContractFINALA decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he over-stepped the mark. Men died in compromising circumstances. Too many men for an easy explanation. Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stranger who represented an intelligence agency. Suddenly, Stoner found himself half a world away and about to execute his first private contract…

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Feedback for FIRST CONTRACT from reviewers:- 

‘It launches you straight into the mayhem and, like its protagonist, JJ Stoner, takes no prisoners.’


‘Author Westworth is the new Elmore Leonard…’


‘There is hardly time to draw breath in this fast-moving adventure introducing a frighteningly capable executioner.’


‘A punchy and compelling tale of an ice-cold assassin, more nuanced than your average hired killer. The writing is sparse and crisp, the dialogue frequently laced with sardonic British edge.’


‘Clever dialogue and plenty of descriptive narrative providing context for the violence, depth to the characters and shape to the story.’


‘Our first meeting with JJ Stoner does nothing for the man’s chances of being nominated for any awards for unbridled compassion or for turning the other cheek.’


‘Westworth’s fiction does not judge JJ Stoner. It simply, fluidly, outlines him, states what he does, in stark, vivid language that draws you inexorably deeper.’


‘A brilliant read, along the lines of Jack Reacher. I look forward to the full novel.’


‘The dialogue is snappy, the characters are sharply developed, and the plot moves effortlessly forward.’


‘Intelligently written, with excellent characterisation, sharp wit and punchy back-n-forth dialogue.’


‘The author makes no apologies for Stoner’s pragmatic attitude towards the elimination of his targets, and the result is a solid, well thought through action thriller, intelligently handled.’


‘Sophisticated story-telling, written in a mature style, and targeted at a mature audience.’


‘The novelette has a terse, spare style and winds the reader in – definitely a page-turner. Move over Ian Fleming, JJ Stoner could replace James Bond…’


Find FIRST CONTRACT at Amazon, and look out for the second JJ Stoner story: TWO WRONGS, coming very soon!

TwoWrongs LR 


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