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Never Back Down (A Faulkner Family Thriller #3)

Never Back Down (A Faulkner Family Thriller #3)

Current price: $29.99
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
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She’s fought against the darkness her whole life—but now she will discover what happens when that very darkness fights back in this thrilling follow-up to Christopher Swann’s Never Go Home and Never Turn Back, perfect for fans of Michael Farris Smith and Brian Panowich.

For as long as she could remember, Susannah Faulkner knew that even though she lived a dangerous and violent life, she would try her best to do some good in the world. She’s hunted down evil men before, but the one man that puts fear into her heart, the one man who could destroy everything she loves, is the one man she cannot track down. And worst of all...she doesn’t know what will happen when she finds him. Or if he finds her first.

     Finn, an ex-soldier who served alongside Susannah’s  father in  Iraq, left Suzie with a simple choice a year ago: she could watch her family die one by one, or  she could pursue him in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. The stubborn and skillful Suzie knows just how dangerous he is and how far he will go to complete his vengeance. And so the hunt begins.

     Her journey takes her across the United States, from the mountains of Arizona to the river bluffs  of Missouri to the streets of Atlanta. Along the way, she contends with both new and old friends and foes: the vulnerable Brooke, determined to escape her own nightmare; her brother Ethan and his new girlfriend, a reminder of a different and more peaceful life; her uncle Gavin and his connections to the criminal underworld; the street-smart Ajax, a shadowy ally of convenience; and an FBI agent who could be friend, foe, or potential lover.

     Suzie’s instincts have gotten her this far—but will they be enough against her evil equal?

About the Author

Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Praise for Never Back Down (A Faulkner Family Thriller #3)

Praise for Never Back Down:
“​Red meat for thrill-seekers . . . [An] ​I-demand-that-you-catch-me-if-you-can premise.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Swann has a true gift for writing genuinely flawed characters that are so sympathetic they still win me all the way over, and this talent is on full display in Never Back Down. I love Suzie Faulkner for her huge heart, her smart mouth, and her extremely poor impulse control. Never Back Down is a wild ride worthy of this gold standard series; I’ll follow Suzie anywhere.”
—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist 

“In the thriller world there are bricklayers, there are architects . . . and then there is Christopher Swann. The Faulkner Family saga is one of the most audacious and original series in recent memory and Never Back Down is Swann's masterstroke. The action comes early and often, the plotting wildly entertaining at a tempo that makes reading this novel feel like holding a lit stick of dynamite. But Swann's profound talents shine with his diverse and dazzling cast of characters. Suzie Faulkner is a marvel—smart, sassy and tender-hearted but always ready to kick ass and take names. Yet what makes her so special is Swann's ability to draw a relatable and flawed heroine rife with conflicting emotions and insecurities. Fans of Harlen Coben, Karin Slaughter & thriller fanatics coast to coast, take note: Never Back Down is the book of the summer and one of the most exhilarating novels of the year.”
—Peter Farris, author of Last Call for the Living & The Devil Himself

Praise for Never Go Home:
“[A] hard-hitting sequel . . . Lisbeth Salander fans will relish Suzie’s pitiless approach to obtaining justice.”
Publishers Weekly

“Swann comes out swinging in an action-packed thriller that will keep riveted readers on their toes.”
New York Journal of Books

“Fast-paced and full of action . . . perfect for fans of Patterson and Baldacci.”
San Francisco Book Review

“Swann is already well admired for his intelligent and skilled plotting, and with Never Go Home, not only do we get more of that, but he has upped the ante with the unforgettable and beautifully flawed Susannah Faulkner . . . By far the best Swann novel yet.” 
—Brian Panowich, award-winning author of Bull Mountain & Tiny Daggers

“Equal parts brutal and tender, Never Go Home is a fast-paced page-turner with a bad-ass heroine."
—Tara Laskowski, award-winning author of The Mother Next Door

"Christopher Swann is a mad scientist of Southern fiction. His ability to synthesize genres is unrivaled, and Never Go Home is a wonderful testament to his talent."
—Mark Westmoreland, author of A Violent Gospel 

“Swann comes out swinging in an action-packed thriller that will keep riveted readers on their toes.”
New York Journal of Books

Praise for Christopher Swann:
2021 Georgia Author of the Year Award Winner, A Fire in the Night
2020 Georgia Author of the Year Award Finalist, Never Turn Back

A Fire in the Night is a searing story about the ties that bind and how sometimes they begin to strangle us. Christopher Swann has created a nuanced yet thrilling novel of family, grief and ultimately hope. Not to be missed.” 
—S.A. Cosby, bestselling author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears

“Christopher Swann never disappoints."
—J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Good Girls Lie