The Time to Kill / Winterlong

The Time to Kill - Carter Blake book 3

They taught him to kill. Now they want him dead.

It’s been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he’d keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he’d be left alone. But news that one of Blake’s old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing – something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.

Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends. And Blake is a very loose end. He’s been evading them for years, but finally they’ve picked up his trace. Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don’t want to be found, but Winterlong taught him everything he knows. If there’s anyone who can find him – and kill him – it’s them. It’s time for Carter Blake to up his game.

High-stakes action, blistering tension and a deadly game of cat and mouse, The Time to Kill is the must-read new thriller from Mason Cross.

  • On sale now from Orion – click here to buy
  • Published in the USA by Pegasus under the title Winterlong

Praise for The Time to Kill

“This helter-skelter thriller fulfils the promise of the first two books featuring former secret agent Carter Blake”

– Peterborough Evening Telegraph


“A superior example of the chase thriller”

– Morning Star


“The real point about this and the previous Carter Blake books from Mason Cross is the sheer depth of character you get for what is, at its heart, a rollercoaster action filled thrill ride of the highest order … A set of bloody brilliant thrillers with heart, more complex at the roots than they appear on the surface”

Liz Loves Books


“Packed with stunning set-piece action sequences, and an emotional punch as you discover more of the rather mysterious Blake’s backstory, this cinematic action thriller is like reading Reacher crossed with Bourne plus added fabulousness. It’s a total must read. In fact, stop what you’re doing right now and start reading it – you won’t regret it!”

Crime Thriller Girl


“This novel from the author of The Killing Season and The Samaritan takes a simple idea, pitting a resourceful fugitive against multiple opponents and overwhelming odds and pushes it to its limits. The result is a thriller with pace and action to spare and a new series character with significant potential.”



“The chapters are short, the prose is punchy and fast moving making this a proper page turner which maintains a furious pace without draining the reader.”

Crime Fiction Lover


“If the past is a foreign country, Blake’s past is one the government would not advise travellers to visit.”

Douglas Skelton


“Heart pounding, gut wrenching, sweaty palm kind of book – what a hell of a rollercoaster!”

Chapter in My Life


“An action adventure (and a chase story) across the USA which kept me gripped as I read. A five star thrill-fest.”

Grab This Book


The Time to Kill is a roller coaster ride of tension, a great read that touches on geo-political issues and the war on terrorism while delivering a darn good yarn.”

Adventures in Crime Fiction Land


“Action packed and sensitive – a James Bond type book for the 2000’s (Maybe if Idris Elba doesn’t get the 007 role he could play Carter Blake?- just saying).”

– The Crime Warp


“Winterlong is another swift-moving thriller in the Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher express lane … if you like competent reads that don’t slow down for a minute, it’s your kind of book.”

Criminal Element


“Those of us who have enjoyed the previous two Carter Blake books have been waiting for the showdown with his former employers with baited breath and it certainly did not disappoint.”

– Love is a State of Mind


“Supremely satisfying … you get it, and you love it too.”



“If you’ve come across either of his first two thrillers, you will know this writer is a keeper. If not, put him on your list.”

Stuff NZ


The Time To Kill is an exhilarating and absorbing thriller making good use of fast-paced action, scenes of tension and convincing characters.”

Crime Review