Former elite CIA operative Ethan Decker packed it all in after the murder of his 5-year-old son, Nicky, unable to live with the fact that his death resulted from a mission gone bad. Fearing for the safety of his doctor wife, Ethan just left.

Now living in the New Mexico desert, Ethan sees his solitude shattered by a face from the past. Anna Kelsy, one of Ethan's former team members—and apparently the only other one not assassinated by a vengeful Marco Ramirez—suddenly arrives with two children in tow: a 12-year-old boy named Danny and a younger girl named Callie. Anna claims they are in danger and needs Ethan to protect them. When she's killed shortly after leaving the kids, Ethan is forced out of exile.

Danny and Callie claim to have been kept locked up on Haven, a small island off Puget Sound. With Ramirez hot on their trail and signaling that he will also go after Ethan's ex, Ethan has few options. Seeing her ex-husband again is painful for Sydney, who ends up thrust into a dangerous game with children as the prize. Who are the children of the Haven and what makes them so special that some elements of the CIA are willing to kill to keep their existence hidden? Ethan and Sydney no longer have any choice; keeping these kids alive becomes their top priority.

Genetic research and experimentation run amok make this fast-paced and complex thriller utterly riveting. BLIND RUN is edge-of-your-seat entertainment from a terrific new voice in suspense. (Apr., 336 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith