COUNTDOWN

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Four years after a madman tried to kill her for her resemblance to an actress named Cira, who lived 2,000 years ago, Jane MacGuire is still haunted by the past, and the hunt to find Cira's lost gold drives a number of individuals. Events take a tragic turn when a friend is murdered during an attempted kidnapping of Jane. Who is it that wants her?

Treasure seeker Mark Trevor knows, and for her safety, he convinces Jane to fly to MacDuff's Run in Scotland. There are players in this twisted game who won't hesitate to kill, so stopping them is the only option. Jane and Trevor soon learn that discovering the whereabouts of the lost gold is only the first move in a horrific terrorist plot. Time is rapidly running out. Can Jane's dreams of Cira's past life help save the future?

Feisty former street kid Jane (the adopted daughter of Johansen's series character Eve Duncan) is now a full-fledged heroine capable of carrying her own book. Johansen is a first-rate suspense master who builds intricate, multilayered plots that are mesmerizing and thrilling. (May, 405 pp., $25.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith