Join us for a reading and signing with recent Mercer Island resident Mark Pawlosky, August 9th at 6 pm. His new book Hack, is the first in his Nik Byron thriller series. Coming off a successful investigation into a major banking scandal, Newshound reporter Nik Byron arrives in Washington, DC, with high hopes for his career. But a disruptive corporate merger and a vengeful boss quickly dash his plans. Relegated to scut work and the graveyard shift, Nik's career and emotions are in a tailspin. That is, until a late-night explosion levels a high-tech office park--home to some of the nation's top clandestine programs--and provides Nik with an opportunity to reverse his fortunes. As Nik tries to unravel the mystery at the heart of the explosion, he suddenly finds himself confronting domestic terrorists, rogue American and Chinese spies, mercenaries, and a brilliant but temperamental computer expert.
With the help of a small team of colleagues and his new girlfriend, Samantha Whyte--the chief investigator for the Northern Virginia Sheriff's Department, who has her own secrets to conceal--Nik follows a bloody trail of bodies from DC to the upper Midwest. But as word gets out that what he has dug up threatens to expose the theft of highly sensitive US technology, now being sold to terrorists and repressive regimes, new enemies close in. How far is Nik willing to go for a story, and how much is he willing to risk to reveal the truth?
"A propulsive conspiracy tale with a credible and capable hero. Pawlosky has a deft touch in conveying character." ― Kirkus Reviews
Mark Pawlosky is an award-winning reporter, editor, and media executive. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, editorial director for American City Business Journals ( ACBJ), and editor in chief of CNBC.com/msn , he oversaw financial news channels in the US, London, Munich, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He successfully helped launch several media operations nationwide, including MSNBC, American City Business Journals, and Biz Magazine. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Pawlosky and his family spent the past twenty years living on Mercer Island before relocating to the Midwest.