Nadia Stafford is an ex-cop with a tarnished reputation, forced into retirement after she shot a child-killer. Needing money to survive, she is recruited by a local mafia family to carry out hits on criminals that cross them. A serial killer starts leaving calling cards on innocent victims, carrying out the murders in the manner of a professional and suddenly the authorities are focusing too hard on Nadia and her colleagues. Nadia, her mentor, and a few others decide to go after the killer and mete their own justice while trying to maintain their anonymity from the world, and each other.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I loved Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series but wasn’t sure how well she could cross genres. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Exit Strategy. It’s extremely well written, engaging and the story flowed smoothly. The characters of Nadia and Jack I particularly liked, you come to understand their ethics and morale compasses. Their histories are well rounded, you can empathise with them easily and they become people you care about in very short order. All in all a very enjoyable book and I look forwards to reading the next one in the series.