Global terrorism and international sports collide in this riveting debut novel, prompting a crucial question for our time: How far is too far when trying to change the world? A perfect page-turner for your summer reading, “A Simple Game” goes on sale for $1.99 from now until the end of July 2017.
When three of the planet’s top athletes are slaughtered on the same night in Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Beverly Hills, celebrated peace and conflict resolution expert Rory Crandall spots a golden opportunity. Lured by an insatiable ego and a $20 million reward, Crandall joins a desperate manhunt to catch the perpetrators behind the media-dubbed “Sporting Murders.”
As the world shudders over the attacks, a group of young terrorists gathers in the hills over Sarajevo to choose its next victim, while Crandall starts piecing together clues. Racing from the power centers of Europe and America to an African jungle to an Asian island on the brink of civil war, Crandall encounters mercenaries, warlords, and other waste products of armed conflict, while falling for a beguiling human rights activist with a curious interest in his mission.
With each new murder, the terrorists raise the stakes in a bold effort to hold the world hostage to their demands. But who are these extremists? What do they want? And is it possible the end to their bloody game somehow justifies the means?
From the opening chapter to the shocking final showdown, “A Simple Game” sizzles with suspense, taking the reader on a wild ride through some treacherous territory where nothing is as simple as it seems.
An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter finalist, Publishers Weekly described “A Simple Game” as “well written, scary and exciting” with “the makings of a taut thriller, definitely a must read.”
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Kirk Wolcott is an American diplomat and former sportswriter and conflict resolution adviser. “A Simple Game” is his first novel.
Born in Highland Park, Illinois, Kirk grew up in and around Seattle, and has spent much of his life crisscrossing the globe. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, he launched his career as an award-winning sportswriter, newspaper editor, and columnist in Southern California and North Carolina.
A trip through Europe convinced him there was a much larger world out there in need of exploring. Back to school he went for a Master’s degree in international communication from American University in Washington, DC, before setting off for further shores.
Work as a peace and conflict resolution officer at The Carter Center, former President Jimmy Carter’s non-governmental organization in Atlanta, sent Kirk to a series of global hotspots: from war-ravaged Bosnia-and-Herzegovina just after the Dayton Peace Accord to East Timor during its bloody referendum for independence to Liberia, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe under the violent reigns of Charles Taylor, Sani Abacha, and Robert Mugabe.
Since 2000, Kirk has served as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State, again focusing on areas in strife. His overseas tours have included Kuwait during 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, Sarajevo, Tunis, Kabul, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, and most recently Istanbul, where he led a field team providing assistance to the Syrian opposition.
Kirk will be moving next to Dublin with his wife, an international lawyer, and their two intrepid cats. When he’s not busy writing, reading, or traveling, Kirk enjoys nothing more than playing, watching, or talking about soccer (ideally over a pint of beer or glass of fine wine)!