It starts with great sex: ends in sudden death. US Navy SEAL Stretch McCann believes he’s met the girl of his dreams. Trouble is, she’s married to someone else; another military man not inclined to suffer rivals lightly. When she’s involved in a crippling car crash, Stretch loses much more than just a lover. He and she have been significantly wronged… in more ways than one. Enter an altogether unusual Englishman, JJ Stoner, covert investigator and occasional assassin. Stoner offers Stretch an opportunity for action. Can Stretch set things straight, no matter what the cost? And why, exactly, have the FBI taken a sudden and unwelcome interest in Stoner?
This stand-alone short story follows the events in FIRST CONTRACT and is set a dozen or so years ago, not long after JJ Stoner started his freelance career. It features characters from the JJ Stoner / Killing Sisters series. The first full-length book in that series, ‘A Last Act of Charity’, is available in paperback and ebook formats.
As well as a complete, stand-alone story, TWO WRONGS includes an excerpt from ‘A Last Act of Charity’ and a sneak preview of the second book in the series, ‘The Corruption of Chastity.’
Please note that TWO WRONGS is intended for an adult audience and contains explicit scenes of a sexual and violent nature.
People of a sensitive inclination may also be alarmed by the occasionally outrageous wordplay, the hulking presence of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and Stoner’s propensity to drink too much coffee. What can we say? Contract killers tend to live dangerously.
The story in TWO WRONGS is entirely self-contained and you don’t need to have read FIRST CONTRACT to enjoy it. However, if you’re inclined to start from the beginning, then here’s what reviewers had to say about the first JJ Stoner story:
‘It launches you straight into the mayhem and, like its protagonist, JJ Stoner, takes no prisoners.’
‘An excellent debut for JJ Stoner and an excellent short story from this new writer. Credible character, well plotted and excellent writing, highly recommended.’
‘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…’
FIRST CONTRACT, TWO WRONGS and A LAST ACT OF CHARITY, all by Frank Westworth, are available at Amazon.