Cover Reveal: Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
By Crime HQApril 27, 2021
Says Pulitzer finalist Luis Urrea about Gregg’s upcoming book, “Gregg Hurwitz has outdone himself this time. The many followers of Orphan X will get whiplash from the unexpected turns and surprises. It was only a matter of time until his Evan Smoak took on the drug cartels. That the main villain is a fully rounded character is unexpectedly moving. The action strikes like lightning.”
We spoke to Gregg about Evan Smoak’s devotion to helping those in need: “Unlike someone like Bourne, Evan knows who he is. He knows fully what he is capable of—and all the awful things he has done. And yet he chooses to do good. That’s what makes him so compelling to me as a character.
And while he has to spend the rest of his life off the grid, while he has to bear the cross of being forever an outsider looking in, he’s got the expertise to do one thing. To work pro-bono from the shadows, helping the desperate with nowhere else to turn. It takes a wolf to keep the wolves at bay. He hates bullies, abusers, and those who terrorize others with less power. He hates it down the bone marrow because when he was a scared skinny kid in that foster home, he had no power himself. And he never forgot that feeling.
That’s the heart of what I connected with when I found this character. He devotes himself to protecting others who are living a kind of life that he himself can never have. There’s a longing in that—and a tragic shading. What if the code by which you live is also a curse?”
Fresh off hitting the New York Times bestseller list with Prodigal Son, Gregg and his complex protagonist Evan Smoak aka Orphan X will land in stores again in February of 2022 with Dark Horse.