Scapegoat. Be careful about what you eat and drink before and while reading Matthew Quirk’s novel titled, Hour of the Assassin. The violence and blood in the narrative can be off-putting, especially for delicate stomachs. Within the first few pages of the novel protagonist and former Secret Service agent Nick Averose realizes that he has been set up as the scapegoat for a murder he didn’t commit. Quirk keeps the action moving quickly as Nick uses all his skills to find out what’s going on and come out of his predicament alive. Fans of crime thrillers are those most likely to enjoy this novel.