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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312937040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312937041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Sharp's aim is dead on in her stunning U.S. debut, the fourth book to star ultra-cool biker chick Charlie Fox. The no-nonsense, 26-year-old Charlie, a former British Army soldier (and survivor of a gruesome gang rape) has joined the protection agency of her ex-lover, Sean Meyer. On her first assignment, Charlie finds herself on a too thrilling roller-coaster ride in Florida, guarding geeky 15-year-old Trey Pelzner, son of Keith, a computer whiz working for a small software company specializing in accounting and data manipulation. After an attempt is made on Trey's life, Charlie calls for backup that turns out to be anything but and soon discovers that Keith;the developer of a faulty stock indicator program;has vanished, as has Sean. Action-packed, tightly plotted and with an irresistible first-person narration, this crisp, original thriller should win Sharp (Hard Knocks, etc.) plenty of American fans.
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From Booklist

This high-voltage adventure should signal the beginning of a beautiful relationship between British author Sharp and American readers. Heroine Charlie Fox is a bodyguard hired to protect spoiled and surly teenager Trey Pelzner. Charlie accompanies her boss (and lover) Sean, from England to South Florida for what appears to be a low-key security job. Not exactly. Her trip to Florida begins in an amusement park, where Charlie and Trey are ambushed. Whisking Trey to safety just in time, Charlie learns that she can trust no one--not even those who hired her--and goes on the lam with the boy, killing a few bad guys and becoming one of America's most wanted in the process. Sharp combines nonstop, heart-pounding action with a poignant relationship story: how Charlie and Trey finally are able to trust each other is as important as unmasking their enemies. Here's hoping First Drop will not be the last we see of the inimitable Charlie. Jenny McLarin
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More About the Author

Zoë Sharp opted out of mainstream education at the age of twelve and wrote her first novel when she was fifteen. She created the no-nonsense heroine of her highly acclaimed Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox crime thriller series after receiving death-threat letters as a photojournalist.

If you haven't met Charlie Fox, the Chicago Tribune described her as: "Ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled: arguably one of the most enigmatic -- and coolest -- heroines in contemporary genre fiction."

In his introduction to the VENGEANCE anthology, Lee Child said: "If I were a woman, I'd be Zoë. If Jack Reacher were a woman, he'd be Zoë's main character, Charlie Fox."

Zoë's work has been used in school textbooks in Denmark, made into a short film, optioned Twentieth Century Fox TV, inspired an original song and been nominated for numerous awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry (twice), Benjamin Franklin and Macavity Awards in the United States, as well as twice for a CWA Dagger Award in the UK.

So far there are ten books in the Charlie Fox series, plus a short story anthology, two e-boxed sets, and numerous short stories, with more coming soon!

For more info please visit Zoë's website: http://www.ZoeSharp.com
Like her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZoeSharpAuthor?fref=ts
Friend her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorzoesharp
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Customer Reviews

Fast, thrilling read!
B. Schaefer
Charlie Fox is a great combination of edgy and wacky.
Samantha Corja
This was a terrific book in a really good series.
L. J. Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mavis on March 25, 2008
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I'm working my way thru the Charlie Fox Mysteries. So far, First Drop is the weakest link. It's a good read, but not a great read. If you are just starting the Charlie Fox Mysteries, Riot Act and Hard Knocks are much better.

Zoe Sharp does a good job describing the Florida landscape. I just didn't care for Charlie being in the U.S. I also thought the American character dialects and slang were a bit off. I really missed the characters that appear in other Charlie Fox books...Sean and Madeline. Anyways, Sharp stays true to form in First Drop with clever dialog and vivid action scenes.

I will continue to read the books in this series and recommend them. You can start with any book as each one is written as a stand-alone. However, Charlie is someone you'll want to know from the beginning.

My rating system: *Crapfest,**Very Disappointing, ***Decent, ****Good book, *****Excellent will give copies to friends
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ross A. Hugovidal on August 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
OK, I confess, the cover art had me from the get-go. Instead of some variation on the standard "damsel in distress", First Drop's says "go ahead, make my day...". Fed up with fem jep? Had enough of women in thrillers as victims/targets/cardboard cutouts? Check out First Drop.

Because the best news is that Zoe Sharp has crafted not only a compelling female action sleuth, which is something unusual right there, but given her a twisting, turning lightning fast plot in which to shine. This is a classic, high octane thriller that I could not put down until the last page. You'll be hearing more about the Fox in this henhouse!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Starks on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bristling with action, brimming with heart, and bound up with a sardonic English take on South Florida--you may not read a more entertaining book this year.
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By Bonnie reader on December 11, 2012
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This book was lots of fun and very enjoyable to read. Zoe Sharp is and excellant author. The service was excellant
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I really enjoyed this book. Charlie Fox is an intelligent, highly-trained, highly-competent bodyguard, though through it all she remains recognizably human and flawed. This book is funny, intense, and thought-provoking. Sharp provided details throughout the book that (for me, at least) ended up making sense only when things were winding down. I like it when an author can pace a mystery so that the revelation of how things happened never feels improbable or faked. This book made me really excited to read the next two books in the series, and after having finished those, I can say for certain that I am glad I did!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anngela Kichman on February 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
ZoŽ is awesome to begin with... I was so happy that her 4th book finally got a US publisher so the US can read her series. If you read this book and love it, she has 4 others, but the problem is they are only published as of now in the UK. But the good news is that amazon.co.uk has them and you can still order through amazon... so check out her website for her other books... [...]

First Drop brings her main character Charlie Fox who is a private detective working with her former commander from the army. He hires her for his agency as a bodyguard. She is brought with Sean over to guard a family, when things go awry and she ends up on the run with the teenage son of the family she is guarding. There are many twists and turns and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put the book down; when I had to I couldn't wait until I could get back to it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Charlie Fox and her ex-lover, Sean, have been hired to protect a wealthy computer programmer and his 14-year-old son, Trey. While at an amusement park, someone tries to shoot Trey. Charlie get them safely back to the house, only to find everyone, including the father and Sean. Everything has been removed, except Sean's gun. Charlie and Trey go on the run, not knowing who to trust, believing Sean is dead and knowing some of the bad guys are cops.

This is a book that is exciting from page one all the way through to the end. Charlie is a great character; she's smart and tough but definitely has her demons. Trey is a very believable 14-year-old boy with all the insolence and naiveté teens can have. The action is fast, the emotions are true, the sense of place very well done--you definitely know they are in Florida--and the dialogue is true to the ear. This was a terrific book in a really good series.
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