A dark, ultra-contemporary,
and relentlessly paced debut thriller about a London society woman trying to
put her secret criminal past behind her, and the hit man who comes to her with
an impossible job she can’t refuse
Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the
locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London’s Docklands, she
becomes Karla. Karla’s business is information. Specifically, making it
disappear. She’s the unseen figure who, for a commanding price, will cover a
criminal’s tracks. A perfectionist, she’s only made one slip in her
career—several years ago she revealed her face to a man named Simon Johanssen,
an ex–special forces sniper turned killer-for-hire. After a mob hit went
horrifically wrong, Johanssen needed to disappear, and Karla helped him. He
became a regular client, and then, one day, she stepped out of the shadows for
reasons unclear to even herself.
Now, after a long absence, Johanssen has resurfaced with a
job, and he needs Karla’s help again. The job is to take out an inmate—a
woman—inside an experimental prison colony. But there’s no record the target
ever existed. That’s not the only problem: the criminal boss from whom
Johanssen has been hiding is incarcerated there. That doesn’t stop him. It’s
Karla’s job to get him out alive, and to do that she must uncover the truth.
Who is this woman? Who wants her dead? Is the job a trap for Johanssen or for
her? But every door she opens is a false one, and she’s getting desperate to protect
a man—a killer—to whom she’s inexplicably drawn.
Written in stylish, sophisticated prose, The Distance is a tense and satisfying
debut in which every character, both criminal and law-abiding, wears two faces,
and everyone is playing a double game. Download and start listening now!