It’s time to be BETRAYED

To quote Louise from a couple of months ago, “I only get to do this once a year, so you have to bare with me.”

It’s publication time for my third novel, SHADOW OF BETRAYAL, and I couldn’t be more excited. SHADOW hits stores next Tuesday…just in time for Thrillerfest next week, which I will be attending! And for those of you in the U.K., you get it even earlier, albeit under a different title…THE UNWANTED should be available in U.K. store as of today! That’s right TODAY!

“The best word I can use to describe his writing is Addictive. Razor-sharp prose bits deep, cuts to a raw nerve, and leaves you…craving more. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.” — James Rollins, New York Times Bestselling Author.


The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn—a freelance operative and professional “cleaner”—the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue—to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

Three jobs, no questions. That was the deal Quinn had struck with his client at the Office. Unfortunately for him, Ireland was just the first. Now Quinn, along with his colleague and girlfriend—the lethal Orlando—has a new assignment touched off by the killings in Ireland. Their quarry is a U.N. aide worker named Marion Dupuis who has suddenly disappeared from her assignment in war-torn Africa. When Quinn finally catches a glimpse of her, she quickly flees, frantic and scared. And not alone.

For Quinn the assignment has now changed. Find Marion Dupuis, and the child she is protecting, and keep them from harm. If it were only that easy.

Soon Quinn and Orlando find themselves in a bunker in the California hills, where Quinn will unearth a horrifying plot that is about to reach stage critical for a gathering of world leaders—and an act of terror more cunning, and more insidious, than anyone can guess.

Fast, smart, sleek, and stunning, Shadow of Betrayal is vintage Brett Battles: a gritty, gripping masterpiece of suspense, a thriller that makes the pulse pound—and stirs the heart as well.

After I get back from Thrillerfest, I’ll be going on a mini-West Coast tour. If you’re near one of these locations, stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet you.

Saturday, July 18, 5:30 PM – BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
The Mystery Bookstore
1036-C Broxton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 PM
M is for Mystery
85 E 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA, 94401

Thursday, July 23, 7:00 PM
Powell’s Bookstore at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR, 97005

Friday, July 24, 12:00 PM
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry Street Seattle WA, 98104

Thursday, July 30, 7:00 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego, CA 92111

Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 AM
Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

Saturday, August 15, 2:00 AM
Lancaster Library
601 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster

October 15 thru 18
Bouchercon Conference
Hyatt Regency, One South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, November 21, 9:00 AM
Men of Mystery
2701 Main St, Irvine, CA

And if anyone’s been waiting for the paperback of my second book, THE DECEIVED, it’s now available!

Hope to see you all on the road somewhere!

17 thoughts on “It’s time to be BETRAYED

  1. Stephen Jay Schwartz

    Great friggin’ blurb from James Rollins!
    I’m excited and proud of you, Brett! I can’t wait to join you at your launch. Congratulations on this and again on your Barry nomination.

  2. Louise Ure

    Did I really say "you’ll have to BARE with me?" it sounds like a stripper convention.

    But what the hey. It’s summertime. So yeah, I’ll bare with you.

    Congratulations on the book. Hope to see you at your Norcal event!

  3. Brett Battles

    Thanks, Sylvia!
    And, Steve, I’ll see you there.
    Wil, Bcon it is, my friend.
    Oh, Louise. I’m sure you said bear not bare. My fingers have a way of getting ahead of my brain, and combine that with the fact that I am horrible at proofreading my own work leads to these amusing (and plentiful) mistakes. Thank God for editors and friends who are TONS better at it than I!

  4. Fran

    I’m partway through THE DECEIVED, and I have to finish it quickly since my colleague (and shop founder) Bill wants it next. But then I’ll jump into SHADOW OF BETRAYAL so I can ask all kinds of probably annoying questions when you get to Seattle Mystery Bookshop. Ask anyone, I’m good at asking all the wrong things!

    Congratulations and enjoy your tour!

  5. Zoë Sharp

    Sorry to be late to this one, Brett. I, too, went to a scary mental place when I read that you wanted us to BARE with you … but that would be one hell of a book launch, wouldn’t it?

    Many congrats on the new books. Have a blast on your tour!


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