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The Night Agent

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  72 reviews
“Plenty of breathless one-more-chapter, stay-up-late suspense wrapped around a meaty and timely story ... irresistible.”
   — Lee Child

To find a Russian mole in the White House, an FBI agent must question everything. . . and trust no one

To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an idealistic young FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House in this exhilarat
ebook, 432 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by William Morrow
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Stefan Fergus
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quirk really knows how to pace a thriller. This was a lot of fun. Nicely zeitgeist-y, decent characters. Good writing, avoided most clichés, and enjoyable. Just what I wanted from a thriller. In fact, it’s put me in the mood for more thrillers.

More full review to come, on CR.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

A perfectly serviceable political thriller, The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk introduces Peter Sutherland, a junior FBI agent who, despite being something of a pariah in security circles, has been given a second chance to prove himself. After all, his circumstances were through no fault of his own. Peter was just a boy when his father, an FBI counterintelligence chief, was accused of spying for the Russians, a mark on his
The Real Book Spy
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Quirk returns to the thriller scene with a thundering bang.

Saying you work at the White House sounds sexy unless you’re FBI agent Peter Sutherland, whose entire job description requires spending eight hours a night in the Situation Room sitting at a desk that houses a single phone that never rings.

For Peter, though, the job symbolizes something much bigger than babysitting a silent hotline. The son of a disgraced FBI chief, Peter has had to work twice as hard to earn trust within the ag
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Night Agent” by Matthew Quirk features Peter Sutherland, an FBI agent, and Rose Larkin, someone he meets through work. Readers gain insight into Sutherland’s public personality through his friendly banter with fellow employees. He has a deeper private side resulting from a past family impropriety that haunts him constantly. He is careful about the rules, avoiding even the slightest hint of impropriety, but no matter how faultless he is, he cannot not escape that nagging past.
“It was a long
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eerily prescient political thriller with a highly placed Russian mole in the West Wing. An FBI agent, with a troubled family past preventing him from rising in the ranks, finds himself in the middle of a spy caper and potential political maelstrom. Will he solve the mystery, rescue the Nation and save the girl? The tale is fast and addictive, not least because of the real life parallels. Another winner of a book from author Matthew Quirk. I received my copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Slaven Tomasi
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Introducing The Night Agent, by Matthew Quirk. Matthew spent five years at The Atlantic magazine reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He then turned to fiction. Besides the must read political thriller The Night Agent, he has also written The 500 – set in the heart of the world’s most powerful political arena. The Directive – a story about two brothers, billions of dollars, and the heist of a lifetime. Dead Man Switch – someone is hun ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the second book in a couple of weeks that I picked up based off a recommendation from the BOLO Books blog and despite what it says on the entry for how long it took me to read it, I actually finished this is over the course of a weekend. Yes, it was that engrossing.

Matthew Quirk's The Night Agent introduces the reader to FBI agent Peter Sutherland. He's a completely by the book agent, following every possible rule to the letter. This devotion to the rules is brought on by the fact that
Chris (Norseman) Miller
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was very well written with a storyline that was a fresh relief of counterterrorism and spying. The main characters set up was really cool and interesting while the support characters were phenomenal. The amount of detail and intrigue was over the top and left me questioning everything right up until the end. Matthew Quirk did a bang up job and he really earned all 5 ⭐!! ...more
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FBI Agent Peter Sutherland basically does one thing - he sits in the White House and answers a phone when it rings. He then runs whatever he hears up the chain of command, but one night, he hears a phrase that thrusts him into the middle of a conspiracy.

This book was action-packed, fast-paced, exciting, and entertaining. I thought it was a fun and fantastic read, and if you like audiobooks, Chris Andrew Ciulla did an amazing job narrating. I highly recommend this book to any thriller lover.
Sharman Bingham
Audiobook: maybe just the narrator, but could not get into it. DNF at 15%
Andrew Langert
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an advance reader’s edition of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
The protagonist, the Night Agent, works in the White House, manning a hotline. Though his job is to refer trouble called in to others with more responsibility, he gets personally involved in investigating a case when a woman calls in as her aunt and uncle are being killed. The night agent begins to suspect that a traitor involved with Russian bad guys is in his midst at the White House.
What follows are hundreds of pages
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
FBI Agent Peter Sutherland is The Night Agent whose day-to-day life is to answer calls and transfer them up the line. Until he receives a call that challenges his American allegiance, family, and duty. The Night Agent takes you into six days of intrigue and espionage as everything Peter thought he knew isn’t even close.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Peter is a FBI agent who works an emergency hotline at the white house at night. He has a tainted past, his father was a traitor and Peter is trying to make up for his father.

He picks up the phone and hears Rose who needs help. He ends up going out and helping her and finding out that there is conspiracy in the highest halls of government. they are chased and the bad guys are unknown.

Vinay Badri
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
A passable thriller that could have been something better if real events didn really mock every piece of it. In a way serves as wish fulfilment but given the cynical nature of American politics, it really reads as a bad joke. Good time pass but your mind cant go thinking what-if and what could be Mystery & Thriller
Peter Sutherland is the night agent. From just past sunset to just after sunrise, Peter staffs the night action desk in the White House Situation Room. He sleeps during the day and works all night. His job, boiled down to essentials, is to sit at his desk, wait for the phone to ring and answer it. In the 10 months that Peter has worked there, the phone has rung only once.

During all the other hours, Peter does research. The chief of staff gives him a list of current events and questions, and he s
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. Very well written with a fast paced plot that keeps you turning pages even when you want to go to sleep. Tremendous read!
To save America from a catastrophic betrayal, an idealistic young FBI agent must stop a Russian mole in the White House in this exhilarating political thriller reminiscent of the early novels of John Grisham and David Baldacci.

No one was more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he’s tapped
Brett Thomasson
Matthew Quirk has shown a knack for creating heroes that seem familiar at first but have a little bit of a twist to them as well as unexpected layers and motives. His reformed con man/lawyer Mike Ford moves in the topmost circles of the power elites, while John Hayes is a former assassin looking to come to terms with what he has done and what circumstances all too often force him to do again.

With The Night Agent, Quirk brings forth Peter Sutherland, an FBI surveillance specialist whose impeccabl
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter Sutherland works for the FBI, and for the past year, has been assigned to the White House where he works nights monitoring a specific phone, and reports any activity to just two people, Diane Farr, WH Chief of Staff and James Hawkins, a senior WH advisor. Sutherland is haunted by his past - his father was suspected of being a traitor, so the younger is strictly by the book as he wants to advance within the Bureau but has been thwarted by his family history. One night, he takes a call on th ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter Sutherland, an idealistic FBI agent, is surprised at his selection to work in the White House Situation Room. He’s a surveillance specialist, an agent who works by the book, an agent determined not to break the rules. He’s seen the repercussions of a choice such as that: when he was a boy, he watched his own father’s downfall as he came under suspicion of selling secrets to the Russians. The aftermath of the accusation was catastrophic for the FBI counterintelligence section chief . . . an ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A pretty darn good giant espionage conspiracy thriller! Peter Sutherland, a young FBI employee whose father (an FBI counterintelligence supervisor) was believed to be a spy for the Russians, finds himself in the middle of a nightmare. Assigned to the White House to watch and answer only one phone and pass whatever is said to a senior FBI SA and the National Security Advisor, he thinks things are a little boring. And then one night a woman calls in a panic about a man who has invaded her aunt and ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a high paced thriller dealing with the world today...Russian spies and American spies and moles hiding out in the US government . Peter Sutherland is an American agent working at the White House. He is not totally trusted because his father was exposed as a possible Russian agent.
Peter has lived that all down and is treated as a valuable government asset. One time he receives a phone call at work from a young woman named Rose Larkin. She is hiding in a closet upstairs in her apartment w
Jake Butler
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
With The Night Agent, Matthew Quirk has crafted a fresh spy thriller with a uniquely written plot that keeps your interest from the 1st chapter. I also enjoyed that the hero of the story, Peter Sutherland, was just a by the book, low level FBI agent working his way out of his father's dark shadow. He seemed like just an average joe. He's not Jason Bourne or Mitch Rapp. He's not a trained killer and we get to follow him as he's thrust into situations he's never been in before. Its nice to see tha ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not know how I can add any insight beyond the glowing reviews already posted about The Night Agent. I truly enjoyed the story. The pacing was very good and proved to indeed be a page-turner. I couldn't read it fast enough, and was sorry to see the story end, both are qualities of an excellent book. I then gave the book to my mother, who is even more of a voracious reader than I. She was reading it over the Thanksgiving holiday, so I asked her if she was enjoying the book (she was). At one p ...more
Michelle Arredondo
Political thriller....with all the mystery, intrigue and high energy that a book of that genre should have. The Night Agent has all that. Sophisticated and's a book that you need time and attention for and it will be worth every moment of it. From page one I was hooked and the intrigue stayed with me throughout. Fast paced and clever...I enjoyed every bit of it.

My first Matthew Quirk book....won't be my last.

Thanks to goodreads, Author Matthew Quirk, and William Morrow Publishin
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FBI agent Peter Sutherland has the overnight shift in the White House Situation Room where he waits night after night for any important phone call to come in. Nothing generally happens until one night when everything changes. He takes a call describing the murder of two people that leads to a national conspiracy involving Russia and its attempts to take over the USA and the world. There are twists everywhere as Peter struggles to find the evidence of an international plot where he never is sure ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter was determined to do everything by the book in his position in the FBI. When he was given the opportunity to work in the White House, he maintained the same protocol. He didn't want to give anyone the reason to believe he was like his FBI father who became a traitor. But, when he gets a call on the White House line Peter decides to investigate further. He finds Rose who gives him a different viewpoint that alters his whole way of thinking. Peter soon learns that there is a fine line to wal ...more
Daphne Cochran
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for my honest opinion.
This is the first I have read this author and I am not a fan of spy thrillers. But I have to say this author my have converted me.
This book draws you in from the first page and the reader is sent on a wild thrill ride till the last page. I could not put it down. I find most spy thrillers hard to follow but this one was just a great solid read that kept this reader on the edge of my seat. Without giving anything away, just a most excellent rea
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick review :
Excellent. Thrilling. Brilliant.
I read it in two big gulps, hardly able to tear myself away from the pages.
The best espionage novel written since Jason Matthews “ The Red Sparrow “ by anauthor as good as Alan Furst.
As I read I was sorely tempted to sneak to the final pages , but I did not. I thought it would tend in one direction, only to be surprised again and again.
Recommendation: This is a book you should-must - read.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on goodreads but these are my own thoughts and feelings. This was my first time reading Matthew Quirk and I will be reading more. This is not my typical type of book but I have been giving it a try lately and this book has made me want to open up to more. From the very first page you are drawn in and I found myself having a hard time putting it down. This book is definitely a page turner. I could not wait to find out what was going to happen.
Margaret Yelton
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was my first book my the author Matthew Quirk, I always enjoy a good suspense/thriller. I found myself drawn in reasonable soon after the book began, and found it a pretty easy book to read it kept me turning the pages, some books can do that others then to just drag me slowly along. When someone has too contend with the sins of the past, it can push them to go above and beyond to try to prove themselves worthy.
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Matthew Quirk studied history and literature at Harvard College. After graduation, he spent five years at The Atlantic reporting on crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs. He lives in San Diego.