Author Otho Eskin

Head Shot

Book Two now available in hardcover

The most elusive assassin in the world versus DC homicide detective Marko Zorn

Washington, DC homicide detective Marko Zorn is investigating the murder of an actress—an old love—when he is assigned to protect the visiting prime minister of Montenegro, the beautiful Nina Voychek.

Political enemies are planning her assassination—this, he knows—but now it’s apparent that he, too, is a target. As he foils the initial attempts on his life, he pulls out all stops—deploying his sometimes nefarious resources—to hunt whoever is targeting him and prevent an international tragedy on American soil.

Decoded messages, Supermax prisoner interviews, mafia lawyers, and an ancient Black Mountain curse swirl among the icons of DC Marko and his young partner, Lucy, face down what may be multiple assassins with diverging agendas. Or are they facing one assassin—the deadliest and most elusive on the international stage?

Perfect for fans of David Baldacci and Daniel Silva.

Head Shot

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Those who prefer breathless action to careful reflection will enjoy this one.
Publishers Weekly

Head Shot is … a thinking man’s thriller that would make David Baldacci or Brad Meltzer proud. Zorn is one of the most unique and colorful voices in thriller fiction today.
—Jon Land

I’m fascinated by Eskin’s ability to weave such complex characters and different story lines into one extremely interesting book. I am absolutely eager for the next book featuring Marko Zorn.
—Linda Thompson, Host of TheAuthorsShow.com

This chilling political thriller is wonderfully textured with a high-stakes emotional drama—and I could not turn the pages fast enough.
—Bestselling Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

If these first two books are any indication, it’ll be great fun to see where the series goes in the next Marko Zorn adventure.
—BookTrib

Another deftly crafted and simply riveting Marko Zorn suspense thriller….
Midwest Book Review

Praise for Head Shot

“Eskin’s busy sequel to 2020’s The Reflecting Pool piles one problem after another on the broad shoulders of Washington, D.C., homicide detective Marko Zorn. Those who prefer breathless action to careful reflection will enjoy this one.”
Publishers Weekly

“Otho Eskin didn’t publish his first thriller until he was in his eighties. But if his second, the nearly flawless Head Shot, is any indication, let’s hope he’s got a bunch more titles in the Marco Zorn series to come…. a thinking man’s thriller that would make David Baldacci or Brad Meltzer proud. And Zorn is one of the most unique and colorful voices in thriller fiction today.”
—Jon Land

Head Shot, the second in the Marko Zorn series, is as fascinating—if not more so—than The Reflecting Pool, Eskin’s debut novel. I’m both repelled and intrigued by Marko Zorn—a Washington DC cop who ventures to the dark side every now and then. In this book Zorn is caught up in international intrigue while trying to solve the killing of an old love. Throw in the Russian mob, the Five Families, CIA, FBI, and the State Dept, along with an Ambassador and Prime Minister and you’re guaranteed a wild ride. You may sometimes be confused because Eskin tends to jump around a bit, but stay on your toes and you won’t regret it. I’m fascinated by Eskin’s ability to weave such complex characters and different story lines into one extremely interesting book. I am absolutely eager for the next book featuring Marko Zorn.”
—Linda Thompson, Host of TheAuthorsShow.com

“An authentically nail-biting thriller—it’s Robert B. Parker meets David Baldacci in this fast-paced page-turner. Otho Eskin has created such a brilliant character in his Marko Zorn: wise and eloquent, witty, and surprising. And quietly, heartbreakingly, brave. This chilling political thriller is wonderfully textured with a high-stakes emotional drama—and I could not turn the pages fast enough. Head Shot is instantly cinematic—and completely entertaining!”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today best-selling author of Her Perfect Life

“Zorn gets it done, legally or otherwise…. Eskin keeps this plot moving with his foot slammed to the accelerator.”
—Men Reading Books (Read more)

“As a former lawyer and diplomat for the United States Foreign Service, Eskin has personal experience with politics and crime that make this book feel very plausible in an “insider” way. This isn’t to say that Eskin’s use of political dialogue is hard to understand. He leads the reader through these procedurals in a way that is accurate, easy to understand, and compelling! If these first two books are any indication, it’ll be great fun to see where the series goes in the next Marko Zorn adventure.”
—BookTrib (Read more)

“Marko Zorn is a very interesting and complicated guy. A top-rate DC homicide detective, he’s also willing to do some very intriguing work on the side. In that respect, this is as much a spy thriller as a crime story. The twists and turns of this account make it a great story.”
Book Bit, WTBF

“Another deftly crafted and simply riveting Marko Zorn suspense thriller…”
Midwest Book Review

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