THE DEADLIEST STRAIN
Coffey's latest is a fast-paced, impeccably plotted story with a terrifyingly credible premise. It's not overly graphic, but it's not for the fainthearted either.
It doesn't take Austyn long to get the taciturn prisoner talking -- or to discover that she isn't Rahaf Banaz at all but her sister, Fahimah. Securing Fahimah's release -- and promise to help him find Rahaf -- is just the start of Austyn's journey. Meanwhile, more Americans are dying all across the country. Can Austyn and Faas Hanlon, a Homeland Security agent, find the answers before the contagion spreads? (MIRA, Jan., 400 pp., $6.99)