STRIKE ME DOWN

From the critically acclaimed author of Leave No Trace, the “nail-biting page-turner that grabs you early and never lets go” (The Real Book Spy), comes a visceral thriller following an accountant’s complicated and potentially deadly search for the truth.

Nora Trier catches thieves. As a forensic accountant and partner in her downtown Minneapolis firm, she’s unearthed millions in every corner of the world. She prides herself on her independence, the most essential currency of accounting, until her firm is hired by Strike.

An anti-corporate, feminist athletic empire, Strike is owned by Logan Russo, a brash and legendary kickboxer, and her marketing genius husband, Gregg Abbott. They’re about to host a major kickboxing tournament with twenty million dollars in prize money, and the chance for the champion to become the new face of the company. Gregg suspects his wife already has a new face in mind—a young trainer named Aaden, for whom Logan feels an unexpected connection.

Days before the tournament begins, it’s discovered that the prize money is missing. Gregg hires Nora’s firm to find both the thief and the money but Nora has a secret connection to Strike that threatens her independence. Her partner pressures her into taking the case anyway, hinting he has information about Strike that could change the course of the investigation in a shocking and deadly way.

A tense and unpredictable thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Strike Me Down reveals the remarkable power of Mindy Mejia’s writing which “crosses back and forth between exquisite literary descriptions and thrilleresque escapes and acts of violence” (New York Journal of Books).

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PRAISE

“WHO SAID NUMBERS ARE BORING? TAKE A KICK-BOXING TOURNAMENT, $20 MILLION OF MISSING PRIZE MONEY, A TENACIOUS FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT…AND YOU’VE GOT YOURSELF ONE HECK OF A SPECTACULAR, ORIGINAL THRILLER. MINDY MEJIA’S STRIKE ME DOWN IS FAST-PACED, MASTERFULLY WOVEN AND WHOLLY UNEXPECTED, WITH AN ENDING THAT’LL MAKE YOUR JAW DROP. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ.”

Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of Her Secret Son and The Neighbors

“MEJIA DOES IT AGAIN, DRAWING US INTO A WORLD OF CORRUPTION SET AGAINST A FRESH SETTING: THE MARTIAL ARTS WORLD, SPECIFICALLY A CHAIN OF URBAN KICKBOXING GYMS RUN BY A HUSBAND-WIFE TEAM WHERE THE WIFE IS THE CHARISMATIC FACE OF THEIR GLOBAL BRAND AND A DECORATED KICKBOXER. ALL CHARACTERS ARE GLORIOUSLY REALIZED, AND THE HEROISM OF UNLIKEABLE WOMEN IS FRONT AND CENTER. IN MEJIA’S WORLD, AMBITION MEETS DANGER, AND WE’RE DRAWN INTO A MYSTERY WHERE COOKING THE BOOKS CAN LEAD AN ENTIRE COMPANY DOWN A DEADLY PATH. PART PROCEDURAL, PART DOMESTIC, THIS THRILLER HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.” 

Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle and The Kill Club

“MINDY MEJIA’S LATEST WHODUNIT THRILLER DRAWS READERS INTO THE HIGH STAKES WORLD OF KICKBOXING. WHIP-SMART, EXPERTLY PLOTTED AND ENTIRELY UNPREDICTABLE, STRIKE ME DOWN IS UNLIKE ANYTHING I’VE EVER READ. A MUST READ!”

Mary Kubica, NYT bestselling author of The Good Girl and The Other Mrs.

“HOW COULD I NOT LOVE MINDY MEJIA’S LATEST BOOK? IT’S A WHIP-SMART FINANCIAL THRILLER FEATURING A BRILLIANT FEMALE PROTAGONIST, A FINELY-TUNED PLOT AND SOME TRULY SPECTACULAR WRITING. STRIKE ME DOWN DELIVERS ON EVERY LEVEL.”

Cristina Alger, NYT bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife and Girls Like Us

 “THE SOMETIMES BRUTAL, BLOODY WORLD OF KICKBOXING MAKES AN EFFECTIVE AND UNUSUAL BACKDROP FOR THIS SUPERB THRILLER FROM MEJIA.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“MEJIA’S NARRATIVE CRACKLES WITH OBSESSION, GREED, LUST, AND PLENTY OF AMBITION, AND IT’S LOADED WITH MORE TWISTS AND TURNS THAN A SPY NOVEL.”

Kirkus Reviews