What Defines a Criminal - Part One: The Knig...
[WATTY'S SHORTLIST 2018] Aria Knight has felt lonely and out of place her entire life. For the past twenty-four years, her greatest friends have been adventure books, and her only family an emotionally-distant father to whom she hardly speaks.
Everything changes when Aria's apartment is broken into by assailants trying to kidnap her. She soon finds out that her "commercial pilot" dad (Daniel Knight) is actually a professional mercenary who stole an unknown weapon from a dangerous underground organization called the Institute. Some of the planet's darkest killers are now hunting Aria's father, and to make matters worse, not even Daniel Knight's closest friends know his location.
To find Daniel and the weapon he stole, Aria must learn to navigate her father's sinister world of organized crime. Luckily, she gains the help of a quirky group of professional criminals who vow to teach her the ropes of such a dangerous lifestyle. The biggest help is the beautiful and mysterious Eris Grace, a contract killer whom Aria's father hired to protect her -- and a woman whose icy blue eyes makes Aria's heart thump in her chest.
As Aria learns from and grows closer to her new miscreant friends, she questions whether she is strong enough to find her father and survive his fearsome adversaries. What Defines a Criminal is a story of love, bravery, strength, morality, friendship, and finding one's place in the world.
*PENDING COPYRIGHT WITH THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS*