'''Nadia Straford''' is the star of a modern day semi-spy series written by Kelley Armstrong. She is a former-cop-turned-assassin [she prefers the term "hit-woman"], and the series follows her and some of her friends/acquaintances in the biz.
How does a good cop, from a long line of cops, become a hired gun? Blame the Canadian judicial system. As a teen, Nadia was kidnapped, along with her cousin/best friend. Nadia escaped to get help; her cousin was killed by the kidnapper. He was eventually brought to trial based on Nadia's testimony... and let off, again based on Nadia's testimony.
Years later, all grown up and a cop like her daddy before her, she runs into a similar case. Nadia snaps and shoots the perpetrator. Fired from the force, unable to cope with the dichotomy she's treated with (half heroine, half worse-than-the-criminal villain) she somehow stumbles onto an odd offer, to play clean-up crew for a certain Family in New York. She's not ''part'' of the Family, mind, and only comes in occasionally, to clean up those who just won't get with the modern program. Not a bad job, she thinks - she's still getting criminals off the streets, right? She opens a nature lodge with the money, running it as a sort of adventure/training camp for corporations looking for "team building" and similar clients (Cops always get good prices.)
She avoids most others in her line of business, only having real contact with her mentor "Jack", about whom she tries to learn as little as possible. Until the day, on a job for her employers, Nadia witnesses another assassination. A ''random'' assassination. And discovers that when a hit-man goes rogue, it's up to the rest to stop it.
Armstrong may be better known for her Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance work, and this series has nothing in the way of fantasy (and a small amount of romance, though less than, say, James Bond), but it's still rather fun, and who doesn't love assassins and spy-games?
!!This book series contains examples of the following tropes:
* ActionGirl Nadia, so very awesome.
* AllAPartOfTheJob How Nadia gets dragged into the plot of ''Exit Strategy''; who else is going to clean up the mess? And besides, the rogue is making everyone else look bad.
* AtTheOperaTonight In ''Exit Strategy'', while chasing the rogue. Not sure any of the good guys even know what's being performed...
* BackStory Explains everything... sort of. Maybe.