DEAD SECRET by Ava McCarthy – ‘a thriller that hits the ground running…compulsively readable’ Irish Times

Two quick shots. One for him. One for you.

After the death of her three-year-old daughter, Jodie has nothing left to live for – or almost nothing.

She has one task to fulfil before she takes her own life. And that’s to kill the man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death – her seemingly perfect husband, Ethan. But Ethan is hiding more than just his true nature. And as more horrifying secrets from his past emerge, Jodie’s strength will be pushed to the limit…

THE INSIDER by Ava McCarthy – ‘a storming debut thriller!Irish Times

Optioned for film by Hollywood-based Polaris Pictured LLC – read more

A cutting-edge international debut thriller set in the world of hackers, techno-thieves and inside traders, for fans of John Grisham. ‘Harry’ Martinez, female ex-hacker, lost her investment banker father, Sal, at a young age. He taught her everything he knew — about taking risks and calculating odds. But Sal made a bad gamble when he went into business with ‘The Prophet’, an anonymous trader who claims Harry owes him, now her father’s jailed for fraud. It’s twelve million euros. Or her life. With no money and little time, Harry must track down Sal’s crooked partners and escape the people on her trail — journalists, police and hired killers. But Harry has her own skills, honed by her father, skills her enemies haven’t anticipated. Now, from the London Stock Exchange to the casinos of the Bahamas, the chase is on. The stakes are high. And the bets are off!

‘a critically acclaimed corker’ – Irish Times

‘Gripping! the tech details ring frighteningly true, the twists in the tight plot are smart!.. a storming debut thriller! in Harry Martinez, the writer has a strong, attractive and super-smart central character who is ripe for another adventure’ — Irish Times

‘smart debut’ – Irish Times

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THE COURIER by Ava McCarthy – ‘a thrilling read from cover to cover’ Evening Echo

Approached to crack a safe by the owner’s suspicious wife, reformed female hacker ‘Harry’ Martinez can’t resist the challenge. Now her client’s absconded with a fortune in diamonds, leaving Harry sole witness to a brutal murder. The trail leads Harry from a top Irish racing yard to the world of South African diamonds. To get to the truth requires all her secret skills. But in a business populated by bloodthirsty mercenaries and financed by ruthless exploitation, how can Harry, alone and abroad, pull off her most audacious heist ever?

‘What a delight!. the tang of authenticity comes off every page’ — Daily Mail

‘An edge-of-your-seat thriller! McCarthy cranks the tension like an experienced pro! one of the most likeable heroines I’ve read in a long time’ - Irish Independent

`An absorbing thriller in which brains eventually beat brawn. Harry Martinez could be seen as a female, online James Bond’ - Literary Review

‘She knows how to unravel a thriller’ – Irish Independent

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HIDE ME by Ava McCarthy – ‘a heart-stopping thriller’

In a game without rules, the winner takes all… Security expert Henrietta ‘Harry’ Martinez has arrived in beautiful San Sebastian, birthplace of her Spanish father. But she’s not here to explore her roots. She’s been hired by glamorous casino boss Riva Mills to expose a scamming crew, headed by ruthless conman Franco Chavez. When the crew’s expert hacker is brutally murdered, Harry goes undercover as his replacement. As she infiltrates the dangerous criminal organization, she begins to understand that Chavez’s schemes reach far beyond the casino sting. Suddenly trapped in a deadly global underworld that encompasses international terrorism, organized crime and drug cartels, Harry learns that when you play this game, you play for your life…

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