Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and No One to Trust. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
Two strong-minded women from Johansen's bestselling Killing Game make return appearances in her latest thriller, with their billing reversed: Irish-Apache search-and-rescue worker Sarah Patrick is the star, while her friend, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, takes a supporting role. The center-stage love story also features a twist. Eve's billionaire entrepreneur ex-lover, John Logan, falls for Sarah even while risking her life in his war with hyper-evil Martin Rudzak, who has already killed his own half-sister, Chen Li, rather than lose her to John. Johansen's roots lie in historical romance, but her thrillers ooze enough testosterone to suggest she also descends from the house of Robert Ludlum. Sarah and her fabulous canine partner, golden retriever Monty, slog into the aftermaths of a Turkish earthquake and a Taiwanese mudslide, and engage in a heartbreaking search for drowned teens in a lake near Sarah's Arizona cabin. They deal with bullets and bombs and collaborate to save a cruelly trapped wolf, dubbed Maggie, whose unlikely cross-species passion for Monty provides neat commentary on female-male attraction in general--and there's no need to be a dog-lover to revel in Sarah and Monty's empathetic closeness. On the downside, Johansen seems more interested in telling her story than in writing it. To create a sense of urgency, she relies heavily on the device of the two-word sentence and the one-sentence paragraph; parts of the book read like shorthand. Sarah and John globe trot, but there's scant sense of place, and minor characters like nasty Sen. Todd Madden are one-dimensional. Then again, the novel admirably eschews gush and wallpaper--in a postfeminist way, Sarah's ruggedness simply is. For better or for worse, Johansen pushes the gender boundary in popular fiction, offering up that rarity: a woman's novel for men. Major ad/promo. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Sarah Patrick, introduced as a supporting character in Johansen's The Killing Game, now has her own story. She is a member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms's search-and-rescue team and a loner whose closest relationship is with her golden retriever, Monty. John Logan is a billionaire who is used to getting what he wants. John needs Sarah and her dog to search for a member of his staff who has been kidnapped. He successfully blackmails her into helping him, which he then bitterly regrets when she becomes a target of the kidnappers. The strength in this novel lies in the two main characters, who are both strong, hard-headed people. When John compliments Sarah, she responds with "Don't be sappy." Fans of contemporary suspense fiction by Johansen, Catherine Coulter, and Nora Roberts will definitely want this one. Recommended for all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/00.]--Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
"Gripping ... shocking."
-- New York Post
Look for Iris Johansen's New York Times bestsellers: The
Long After Midnight
And Then You Die
The Killing Game
And don't miss Iris Johansen's new thriller: Final Target
Available in hardcover in summer 2001 wherever Bantam Books are sold