The Girl in the Smoke
by Matt Hilton

Danni has seen more in her eight years on this planet than most people see in a lifetime. The sole survivor of a motorway pile-up which took her mother’s life, she is now safe and thriving with her adoptive family. Until the day the bad people come knocking. Forcing Danni to face the memories she has done such a good job forgetting . . .

Josie’s quiet life is dismantled with a knock at the door. When she and her daughter are violently kidnapped, Josie must act fast to survive. Danni has very little memory of the day her mother died, but these people are hell-bent on finding the money her mother stole before her death, and they think Danni knows more than she’s letting on.

Grace arrives at her big sister’s house to find her partner Pete beaten and tied up and her sister and niece taken. Josie has been her protector her entire life – but now she needs to be the strong one. Enlisting the help of a friend with the combat experience and skills she needs, Grace will stop at nothing to get her family back home . . .


“Hilton grabs readers from the outset of this superior standalone thriller”

Publishers Weekly

“Trust Matt Hilton, author of the popular Tess and Po thrillers, to come up with some nice twists”


“The fight scenes are exceptional in this action-packed chase thriller”

Library Journal on Cold Fire

“Hot conflicts rage in the freezing cold”

Kirkus Reviews on Cold Fire

“A riotous action read”

Booklist on Collision Course

“Just right for the Hammett and Chandler crowd”

Booklist on Fatal Conflict

“Action galore”

Kirkus Reviews on Collision Course

“Hard-boiled but soft-hearted. Readers will hope Tess and Po will be back soon”

Publishers Weekly on Collision Course

“Hilton once again shows he can tell a gripping crime story”

Publishers Weekly on Rough Justice

Matt Hilton

Matt Hilton worked for twenty-three years in private security and the police force in Cumbria. He is a 4th Dan blackbelt and coach in Ju-Jitsu. He is the author of thirteen novels in the Joe Hunter series, and ten in the Grey & Villere thrillers.

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The Girl in the Smoke by Matt Hilton is available in the following formats

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