From Goodreads: In Colombo, Sri Lanka, CIA operative Samuel Tolen arrives to reconnoiter a meeting between a North Korean illegal arms dealer and the personal assistant of an American millionaire. The meeting is not what Tolen expects when he uncovers a nefarious plot: a murder for hire which will occur that night in Colombo with a $100 million payout. The problem is, he does not know who is being targeted or where the assassination will take place. During a night when clues lead only to questions, Samuel Tolen will learn that nothing is quite as it seems. It is a mission that may require the ultimate sacrifice.
I have really enjoyed reading Williams’ and Knerly’s novels over the past year, so of course I was excited when I saw they had written a short story as well! “Before the Proof” introduces us to the new series character, Samuel Tolen, that Williams and Knerly have created and will be featuring in their next novel, Indisputable Proof, which releases early September. And, although this was only a very short introduction (too short, I need more!), I can already tell that I’m going to really like Tolen. He is very smart and good at his job, and I’m excited to read more about him.
This is a really well written short story, but it sort of leaves you hanging at the end. Thank heavens the first novel in the series is almost out, though, because I am dying to know so much more about Tolen. Rest assured, this is another great, and short, read by Williams and Knerly… I just wish it was a full-length novel—I never feel like I get enough information out of short stories. Three stars.
I received a copy of this short story from the authors in exchange for an honest review.